Date of Award

Spring 5-18-2019

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts (BA)


Carey Weiss, Ph.D.


This paper, “Corporate Social Responsibility and the Sustainable Development Goals: How Business Drives Progress in the Scope of SDGs 2 (Zero Hunger) and 8 (Decent Work and Economic Growth),” addresses the question of the effectiveness of Corporate Social Responsibility as it pertains to accomplishing the UN Sustainable Development Goals. It highlights the importance of partnerships for the goals, and achieving them as a collaborative global movement. This paper sets out to show that corporate actions can contribute to and be extremely effective in supporting the Global Goals. The paper does so through case studies of SDG 2, looking at The Barilla Group and Italy, and SDG 8, looking to Petrobras and Brazil, to compare respective corporate and governmental action. The project cumulates in an understanding of the effect of these corporations in contributing toward each Sustainable Development Goal, and calls upon the global community to continue to cooperate and further collaborate in taking steps to achieve the SDGs for the 2030 deadline.