Creating business values based on spirituality and authenticity of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs): Inspiration from PwC and BTS

Bonnie Soeherman, Valentina Elim


Various issues regarding human rights violations, exploitation of nature, poverty, war, disease, and other sustainability problems have triggered the birth of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) targeting seventeen interlinked objectives by 2030. The implication of this movement, initiated by the United Nations, is a challenge for all organizations and communities to take responsibility for sustainability reporting. There have been many studies and research forums related to reporting, such as Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) and Integrated Reporting (IR). Despite all the progress that has been made by the world community for the success of the SDGs, there is still one fundamental point that has not been widely researched: spirituality. This study believes that without good spirituality, no business entity can carry out programs that are aligned with the SDGs effectively and honestly. This study views this as a gap that needs to be studied more deeply in terms of spirituality and the authenticity of the SDGs. By adopting two case studies, "Be Well, Work Well” program by PwC and movements in harmony with SDGs by idol group BTS, with a literature study approach, this study aims to build a rationalization conceptual model that combines spiritual awareness, SDGs, and business value creation. The results of this study indicate that spirituality is a fundamental aspect of the impact of the SDGs, both internally and externally oriented. Finally, a movement of kindness that is carried out correctly and sincerely will have an impact on increasing business value. This study reveals that spiritual and material aspects are an inseparable unity.


Sustainable Development Goals, Accountability, Spirituality, Be Well Work Well, BTS

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