The UN SDGs Impact on Capital Allocation (MFS)

We discuss the impact, applicability and materiality of the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals on long-term investment and asset allocation decisions.

Problem: Our society and planet face a set of seemingly intractable long-term social and environmental challenges. While generally accepted as important societal concerns, many of these issues fail to attract the capital necessary in the short and intermediate term to remedy them over the long term.


Development: Following the expiration of the Millennium Development Goals in 2015, the United Nations adopted the more ambitious set of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which are intended to promote coordination among businesses, investors, policymakers and other stakeholders. Improved coordination should enable society to better address these long-term challenges.

Materiality: The SDGs are impacting investors in a variety of ways. First, …

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