By Center for International Knowledge on Development
With the mission—"To make it easy to do business anywhere“，Alibaba Group has integrated empowerment of small and medium enterprises (SMEs) and charity efforts into its business model and corporate culture. It has already taken some creative and exploratory steps to meet most of the sustainable development goals (SDGs), set by the United Nations, with some experience that could be learnt from, says Center for International Knowledge on Development (CIKD), a non-profit institution affiliated with the Development Research Center of the State Council.
The business of Alibaba Group has largely covered the 17 sustainable development goals (SDGs) set by the United Nations and almost half of the 169 targets, contributing in particular to goals and targets related to poverty reduction, innovation, inclusiveness, education and ecology, according to a report issued by CIKD on Thursday.
The report makes detailed elaborations on Alibaba’s practices and typical cases that contribute to the implementation of SDGs in the business arena, such as helps poor people out of poverty by technology, fostering new drivers for social and economic growth, serving as a catalyst to the process of global inclusive development by reducing inequality, assisting education in rural areas by providing employment skills training as well as promoting green development by leveraging digital technology.
The report added that Alibaba Group’s practice in sustainable development shows that digital technology may provide a new solution for us to change traditional industrial model and strike the balance between inclusive development, eco-environment protection, and economic and social development. The role of digital platform enterprises represented by Alibaba group should not be overlooked in pursuing sustainable development.