SDG 17 Partnerships for the Goals

Global Business Networks: Accounting for Sustainability
  • Isabel B. FrancoEmail author
  • Masato Abe
Part of the Science for Sustainable Societies book series (SFSS)


Corporate accountability has expanded rapidly in recent years as a tool that business can employ to respond for corporate performance. Nevertheless, the exercise of corporate accountability is challenging as it requires stronger corporate capacity and commitment to respond to external stakeholders in alignment with voluntary regulatory norms. In response, corporate agendas are being significantly shaped by internal and external stakeholders that are employees, suppliers, and customers. Yet, an examination of the current status of accountability both as a historical trend and in current corporate agendas in selected cases shows an increasing gap between policy and impact. Based on a case study method and theory building, the research reported in this article shows the status of corporate accountability of companies operating in Asia-Pacific and adhered to the Global Compact Network. It also provides some conceptual and practical tools toward enhanced accountability, contributing to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goal 17 (SDG 17) and its targets Multi-stakeholder partnerships (17.16 and 17.17) and Data, monitoring, and accountability.


Corporations SDG 17 Sustainability Reporting Accountability Disclosure Global Compact Network 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Institute for the Advanced Study of SustainabilityUnited Nations University Shibuya-kuTokyoJapan
  2. 2.Australian Institute for Business and EconomicsThe University of QueenslandBrisbaneAustralia
  3. 3.United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific, Macroeconomic Policy and Financing for Development DivisionTokyoJapan

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