As illustrated in Maximizing the impact of partnerships for the SDGs by the UNDESA, organizations can maximize the value of partnerships by looking at common SDG goals and underlying co-benefits.
The two types of partnerships illustrated by the United Nations are as follows:
Leverage/Exchange: Most common among organizations that provide funding to university research facilities, leveraging the existing expertise network and resources to access research outputs.
Combine/Integrate: Organizations from different sectors use complementary resources to achieve a strategic goal. Through this collaboration, both organizations can accelerate their progress towards common objectives. The critical difference in this form of partnership is that no single organization can achieve the outcome independently. Although the organizations might be in different industries and are subject to various regulations and governance, thorough resource planning and strong communication can accomplish significant outcomes.
The recent Microsoft & BP partnership illustrated the power of Combine/Integrate partnership in achieving the vision of a clean energy future.While Microsoft will provide cloud-based solutions for BP to digitalize existing processes and develop innovative solutions through machine learning and data analysis, BP will provide a clean energy solution to supply Microsoft’s data centers. The partnership will have a primary focus on the four key areas: smart and clean cities, clean energy parks, consumer energy, and Internet of Things solutions.
The collaboration allows Microsoft to achieve its net carbon-negative goal in 2030 and BP to achieve net-zero carbon emission by 2050. In addition, both organizations generated the Partnership Delta, equivalent to the achievement of outcomes and impacts more significant than the sum of all parts - new technology innovations that reduce carbon emission and allow clean energy to be more accessible for both infrastructure and consumer usage.
As illustrated by the strategic collaboration between Microsoft and BP, an organization’s vision in achieving the 17 Sustainable Development Goals does not need to be a lonely journey. At AMNIe, we strive to develop win-win-win strategies by partnering with global and local agencies and organizations in achieving a vision of a sustainable future for everyone.
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