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‘Rio+25’, The Global Compact in Brazil and Opportunities Presented by the UN Sustainable Development Goals

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This chapter highlights the significance of creativity, innovation and collaboration in the development of sustainable solutions; and the role and mindset of the eco and social entrepreneur in enterprise and entrepreneurship education. Several research questions are posed: what is the history of CSR in Brazil? What current CSR issues are being faced in Brazil? Can tools such as the UN SDGs provide a way of bridging any gaps in CSR provision? What implications are there for ecosystem development in support of CSR? The methodology is thus based on literature review, case analysis, and conceptual overview focussing on instrumental approaches. The chapter concludes that ecosystems need to evolve to ensure that Higher Education Institutions develop and support the necessary eco and social entrepreneurial mindsets needed for sustainable innovation.


  • CSR in Brazil
  • UN Global Compact
  • UN SDGs
  • Sustainable innovation
  • Eco & social entrepreneurship
  • Ecosystems development

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Grateful acknowledgement is made by the author to the following organisations whose narrative and images have been used in the production of this chapter.

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    Sustainia is based in Copenhagen, Denmark, and is part of Monday Morning, Scandinavia’s largest independent innovation house. Sustainia describes itself as a world leader in navigating the new market opportunities for the Sustainable Development Goals; and its mission is to innovate the business models of the future. The Sustainia100 Advisory Board 2014 consisted of 21 experts from 11 international research organisations including: Ellen MacArthur Foundation; EPEA Internationale; European Environment Agency; International Federation for Housing and Planning; Natural Resources Defence Council; Nordic Fashion Council; Norwegian University of Life Sciences; United Nations World Food Programme; University of California, Berkeley; World Resources Institute; World Wildlife Foundation. The Advisory Board for 2015 also included: Acumen Fund; Blood Orange Consulting; Climate-KIK; Copenhagen Institute on Risk & Sustainability; Cornell University; Fashion Institute of Technology; Federal University of Parana; Yale University. The Advisory Board for 2016 also included: C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group; Indian Institute of Science; Kytabu.

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    The UN Global Compact Network in Brazil produced the case study information on Corruption; Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment; Water and Sanitation; Food and Agriculture Business.

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    DNV GL produced the text and images referring to global risks and opportunities 2017.

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    Thanks also go to Carolina Molinari, PhD Student—Responsible Management and Sustainable Development, Kingston University, Faculty of Business & Law, for reviewing the chapter and correcting the Portuguese.

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Moon, C.J. (2019). ‘Rio+25’, The Global Compact in Brazil and Opportunities Presented by the UN Sustainable Development Goals. In: Stehr, C., Dziatzko, N., Struve, F. (eds) Corporate Social Responsibility in Brazil. CSR, Sustainability, Ethics & Governance. Springer, Cham.

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