Integrating the SDGs into the assessment of business Investments: Results from an interventionist approach

Author/s Giacomo Pigatto, Miriam Corrado, Lino Cinquini, Maria Serena Chiucchi, Andrea Tenucci
Publishing Year 2023 Issue 2023/2
Language Italian Pages 23 P. 69-91 File size 329 KB
DOI 10.3280/MACO2023-002004
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The private sector plays a crucial role in achieving the UN Sustainable Develop-ment Goals (SDGs). However, scarce research has engaged with companies to help them tackle such goals. Therefore, this research explores how and to what extent companies can integrate the SDGs into the evaluation of corporate investments. The research adopts an interventionist methodology in which the researchers and the companies co-develop a solution for the problem at hand. The research un-derwent five phases spread over 17 months: identification of the problem; selec-tion of the SDG targets; identification of key performance indicators (KPIs); criti-cal assessment of KPIs; and final selection of KPIs. The research contributes to accounting theory and practice in three ways. First, it offers a practical method to integrate the SDGs into corporate investment decision-making and answers the calls for accounting research to engage with companies in the pursuit of the SDGs. Second, it identifies a spectrum of practical problems that companies face in em-bedding SDG targets within their investment assessments and provides possible ways to address said problems. Third, the research identifies a broader viewpoint on what the performance of a company looks like, nowadays. Specifically, the research suggests considering the performance and impact of a company beyond financial measures as a relevant and pressing issue for future accounting research and practice.

Keywords: Sustainable development, Performance, Investment evaluation, SDG.

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Giacomo Pigatto, Miriam Corrado, Lino Cinquini, Maria Serena Chiucchi, Andrea Tenucci, Integrare gli SDG nella valutazione degli investimenti aziendali: risultati da un approccio interventista in "MANAGEMENT CONTROL" 2/2023, pp 69-91, DOI: 10.3280/MACO2023-002004