SDG4BIZ - Knowledge Alliance for Business Opportunity Recognition in SDGs

Need for SDG4BIZ Project

Knowledge Alliance for Business Opportunities in SDGs (SDG4BIZ) created, tested, and disseminated a curriculum and training material on recognizing and realizing the business opportunities in SDGs. The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) set by the United Nations are likely not met by the target year 2030, if companies do not recognize and utilize the business opportunities inherent in them. 380 million jobs would be created and €10 trillion in business opportunities would be unlocked if SDGs were realized by 2030. At the moment, companies are not able to utilize this growth potential and higher educational institutions (HEIs) do not adequately support the competence building of future managers and policymakers for solving the world’s most urgent problems. Current training efforts of SDGs focus on awareness building only, not business opportunity recognition and economic development related to SDGs. Thus, an innovative and scalable curriculum and training material is needed.

Target Groups

European Higher Education Institutions and companies.

Project Strategy and Objectives

The figure below summarises the strategy and methodology that will be adopted by the consortium to address the needs identified and to realize the foreseen results. It incorporated eight partners in six countries, the solutions (curriculum, training material, and innovative pedagogical solutions), business opportunities arising from the SDGs, as well as links these to the European, added values.

SDG4BIZ Project Strategy and Objectives are visualized in this figure.

The consortium planned and created a multidisciplinary curriculum and training material with 5 modules, which increases the levels of teachers and company staff competencies on identifying and realizing business growth potential in areas of SDGs. The curriculum is the same for Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) and companies. The training material was built with highly innovative pedagogical solutions that supported mobile, micro-learning pedagogy and enhanced knowledge dissemination. An innovative pedagogical solution iwas created targeting both European HEIs and companies and delivered via project partners’ viable learning platform.

The training addresses 60 most relevant business opportunities inherent in SDGs with 5 Modules:

  • shared value business opportunity recognition & specific opportunities in
  • food and agriculture,
  • cities,
  • energy and materials, and
  • health and well-being

The goal of the SDG4BIZ project, until 2023, was for 80% of the teaching staff from partner HEIs (1500 teachers) to be trained, and for 115 companies to have trained their staff.

Learn more about SDG4BIZ modules!

Business opportunity recognition in Sustainable Development Goals' Symposium 25.5.2022

Further Information

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Contact Details

Hye Jung-Majanen
Project Manager
hye.jung-majanen [at] (hye[dot]jung-majanen[at]metropolia[dot]fi)

Project Partners

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