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Assessing Japanese Companies Alignment with the U.N. Sustainable Development Goals

The process of achieving the UN SDGs is estimated to unlock a USD 12 trillion of market opportunities by 2030. Are private sector firms aligning their business models with the SDG themes? Despite a higher revenue exposure to the SDG related solutions relative to global peers, most Japanese firms may have not set the framework to tap the profit potentials of the themes. The downward trend in R&D per sales among the firms with climate change solutions and the limited revenues derived from emerging markets in the consumer staples sector may foreshadow a missing opportunity in the areas that are increasingly attracting capitals from the investors.