SDG 17 Partnership for the goalsDespite some positive developments, a stronger commitment to partnership and cooperation is needed to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals. That effort will require coherent policies, an enabling environment for sustainable development at all levels and by all actors and a reinvigorated Global Partnership for Sustainable Development.

When a new technology shakes up an industry and creates unprecedented economic growth, the value of this growth often fails to benefit everyone in that industry. Business owners reap all the benefits by patenting the technology and not sharing this crucial knowledge with other players in the industry. The International Monetary Fund found that around half of the decline in the labour share of income between 1990 and 2015 can be attributed to such practices.

Royal HaskoningDHV is breaking with this trend by starting the Living Lab, where we share our building construction knowledge with start-ups to foster innovation. In the Living Lab new smart solutions for healthy work environments will be tested in co-creation with clients. By working together with these start-ups we promote the dissemination of knowledge and technology, so it can lead to innovative breakthroughs that benefit the industry and society at large. Read more