The relation of COVID-19 to the UN sustainable development goals: implications for sustainability accounting, management and policy research

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title = "The relation of COVID-19 to the UN sustainable development goals: implications for sustainability accounting, management and policy research",
abstract = "Purpose: This paper aims to discuss the relation of the COVID-19 pandemic to sustainable development and, in particular, the UN sustainable development goals (SDGs). In so doing, the author highlights how sustainability accounting, management and policy (SAMP) research can help to build a more sustainable post-COVID-19 era. Design/methodology/approach: The motivation behind this research note is to allow SAMP-research to learn from the COVID-19 pandemic. To do so, in the first step, the author conducts an initial factual analysis to identify patterns of how the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted the SDGs and has emphasized the interconnectedness of the SDGs. On this basis, the author develops a research agenda for SAMP-research. Findings: The author argues that the COVID-19 crisis not only relates to the SDGs but is part of the research field of sustainable development itself. The pandemic has been found to severely threaten the achievement of the SDGs, while opportunities concerning selected SDGs can also be found. In this regard, the author identifies patterns, concerning which types of SDGs opportunities or respectively, threats exist. Practical implications: The patterns identified for the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic highlight for which SDGs additional efforts will be needed for the achievement of the respective SDGs. Social implications: The analysis emphasizes that numerous SDGs can help to alleviate the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic and of potential future pandemics. Originality/value: This research note is the first to analyze the threats and also the opportunities the COVID-19 pandemic presents for the achievement of the SDGs. It is also the first to not only examine direct effects but acknowledge the interconnected nature of the SDGs in relation to the COVID-19 pandemic.",
keywords = "COVID-19, Pandemic, SDGs, Sustainability, Sustainability accounting, Sustainable development, Sustainability sciences, Management & Economics",
author = "Jacob H{\"o}risch",
year = "2021",
month = aug,
day = "26",
doi = "10.1108/SAMPJ-08-2020-0277",
language = "English",
volume = "12",
pages = "877--888",
journal = "Sustainability Accounting, Management and Policy Journal",
issn = "2040-8021",
publisher = "Emerald Publishing Limited",
number = "5",

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TY - JOUR

T1 - The relation of COVID-19 to the UN sustainable development goals

T2 - implications for sustainability accounting, management and policy research

AU - Hörisch, Jacob

PY - 2021/8/26

Y1 - 2021/8/26

N2 - Purpose: This paper aims to discuss the relation of the COVID-19 pandemic to sustainable development and, in particular, the UN sustainable development goals (SDGs). In so doing, the author highlights how sustainability accounting, management and policy (SAMP) research can help to build a more sustainable post-COVID-19 era. Design/methodology/approach: The motivation behind this research note is to allow SAMP-research to learn from the COVID-19 pandemic. To do so, in the first step, the author conducts an initial factual analysis to identify patterns of how the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted the SDGs and has emphasized the interconnectedness of the SDGs. On this basis, the author develops a research agenda for SAMP-research. Findings: The author argues that the COVID-19 crisis not only relates to the SDGs but is part of the research field of sustainable development itself. The pandemic has been found to severely threaten the achievement of the SDGs, while opportunities concerning selected SDGs can also be found. In this regard, the author identifies patterns, concerning which types of SDGs opportunities or respectively, threats exist. Practical implications: The patterns identified for the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic highlight for which SDGs additional efforts will be needed for the achievement of the respective SDGs. Social implications: The analysis emphasizes that numerous SDGs can help to alleviate the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic and of potential future pandemics. Originality/value: This research note is the first to analyze the threats and also the opportunities the COVID-19 pandemic presents for the achievement of the SDGs. It is also the first to not only examine direct effects but acknowledge the interconnected nature of the SDGs in relation to the COVID-19 pandemic.

AB - Purpose: This paper aims to discuss the relation of the COVID-19 pandemic to sustainable development and, in particular, the UN sustainable development goals (SDGs). In so doing, the author highlights how sustainability accounting, management and policy (SAMP) research can help to build a more sustainable post-COVID-19 era. Design/methodology/approach: The motivation behind this research note is to allow SAMP-research to learn from the COVID-19 pandemic. To do so, in the first step, the author conducts an initial factual analysis to identify patterns of how the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted the SDGs and has emphasized the interconnectedness of the SDGs. On this basis, the author develops a research agenda for SAMP-research. Findings: The author argues that the COVID-19 crisis not only relates to the SDGs but is part of the research field of sustainable development itself. The pandemic has been found to severely threaten the achievement of the SDGs, while opportunities concerning selected SDGs can also be found. In this regard, the author identifies patterns, concerning which types of SDGs opportunities or respectively, threats exist. Practical implications: The patterns identified for the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic highlight for which SDGs additional efforts will be needed for the achievement of the respective SDGs. Social implications: The analysis emphasizes that numerous SDGs can help to alleviate the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic and of potential future pandemics. Originality/value: This research note is the first to analyze the threats and also the opportunities the COVID-19 pandemic presents for the achievement of the SDGs. It is also the first to not only examine direct effects but acknowledge the interconnected nature of the SDGs in relation to the COVID-19 pandemic.

KW - COVID-19

KW - Pandemic

KW - SDGs

KW - Sustainability

KW - Sustainability accounting

KW - Sustainable development

KW - Sustainability sciences, Management & Economics

UR - http://www.scopus.com/inward/record.url?scp=85100185442&partnerID=8YFLogxK

U2 - 10.1108/SAMPJ-08-2020-0277

DO - 10.1108/SAMPJ-08-2020-0277

M3 - Journal articles

AN - SCOPUS:85100185442

VL - 12

SP - 877

EP - 888

JO - Sustainability Accounting, Management and Policy Journal

JF - Sustainability Accounting, Management and Policy Journal

SN - 2040-8021

IS - 5

ER -