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John Dilyard

*Extended Call for Papers *

*Special Issue of Transnational Corporations on the role of the
Multinational Corporation in Achieving the Sustainable Development Goals*

*What:*  *Transnational Corporations* *Special Issue on the role of the
Multinational in Achieving the Sustainable Development Goals. *

*Proposed Title:* MNEs and the Sustainable Development Goals

*Editors:* John Dilyard, Ph.D. and Caroline Witte, Ph.D.

Dear Fellow Scholars and Researchers:

The highly successful Town Hall meeting, ‘How the AIB Community Can Best
Contribute to the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals’, held at the 2016 AIB
Annual Meeting in New Orleans generated several ideas for research on the
link between the private sector, particularly  multinational enterprises
(MNEs), and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).  As a way to both
highlight existing and encourage further work on this topic, we are
proposing a special issue (and potentially a series of issues) of
Corporations*, UNCTAD’s policy-oriented journal on MNEs (TNCs), FDI and
development. UNCTAD is one of the leading agencies supporting the
implementation of the SDGs, and has a long-standing partnership with the
AIB. The first special issue is planned for early 2017 to coincide with the
2017 AIB conference in Dubai and its theme “The Contribution of MNEs to
Building Sustainable Societies”.

As was discussed in New Orleans, IB research is shifting increasingly
toward the relationships between MNEs and developing countries,
sustainability, socially responsible investment, socially responsible
behavior and public policy. The scale, scope and ambition of the SDGs
creates an opportunity for IB research to systematically analyze these
relationships and to serve as an advocate for both the promotion of
sustainable practices by MNEs and the design of policies to support them.
And while there are many resources devoted to the private sector and
sustainability, academic work specifically linking the private sector to
the SDGs is sparse. Our proposed issue, therefore, helps fill a void.

The Sustainable Development Goals can be found here
information on the related Financing for Development (FfD) and 2030 Action
Agenda (for the SDGs) can be found at the webpage of the UN Inter-agency
task force on Financing for Development
In addition, the Business for 2030 initiative
<> illustrates how the UN envisions private
sector contributions to the SDGs. Work on the SDGs is also being done by
the UN Global Compact ( and the World
Business Council on Sustainable Development (
Examples of studies and resources can be found on the latter’s SDG Business

We are interested in contributions on relevant themes, perhaps linked to
your existing work, on the role of the MNE in achieving the SDGs. While our
focus is on developing countries, we recognize that the SDGs apply to all
countries and that interesting work on how MNEs contribute to the
implementation of SDGs in developed countries may exist. We are looking
first for ‘op-ed’ and essay style contributions that are lightly referenced
rather than heavy quantitative and/or theoretical analysis.  The purpose
here is to facilitate new, *yet concrete**,* ideas that can generate
ongoing research and policy discussions. Hence, we are interested in
research agendas and perspectives in support of meeting specific SDGs (or
targets within SDGs), but we also invite short empirical or theoretical
papers for which the criteria for robustness, thoroughness or completeness
are not as high as those for a typical journal submission. Because the SDGs
involve many different scientific disciplines and are highly
interconnected, we also encourage interdisciplinary efforts. The review
process will include the editors of the issue, as well as editors of

The following topics are meant to illustrate the range of possible

·       To what extent do the SDGs influence (international) business

·       How can MNEs support and promote poverty alleviation?

·       What is the role of MNEs in promoting gender equality, particularly
in developing countries?

·       How can the pursuit of sustainable supply chains in MNEs contribute
to the SDGs?

·       What are the characteristics of successful public private
partnerships in support of the SDGs?

·       How could the SDGs affect MNEs’ value chains?

·       What is the link between MNEs’ corporate social responsibility
activities and the SDGs?

·       What are the governance implications for MNEs if they choose to
commit to the SDGs?

·       Which characteristics or contexts make MNEs more likely to actively
contribute to the SDGs?

The theme of the special issue is dependent on the number of initial
submissions received and the topics they address.

*Length of contributions:* Between 2500-5000 words.

*Extended submission deadline:* March 15, 2017.

*Please send submissions directly to: **[log in to unmask]* <[log in to unmask]>*,
indicating that the submission is targeted for this special issue.*

Questions regarding this special issue and/or submissions should be sent to

John Dilyard       [log in to unmask]

Caroline Witte   [log in to unmask]

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