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WAVTEQ launches new Incentives for Sustainable Development Report

WAVTEQ has launched its new Incentives for Sustainable Development Report. With fewer than 4,000 days left for countries to reach the UN's Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030 and increasing competitions between locations to attract sustainable foreign direct investment (FDI), WAVTEQ has conducted a global review to ascertain the types of incentives for sustainable development that have been designed and the SDGs that are being targeted.

The present survey provides an opportunity for Investment Promotion Agencies (IPAs) and Economic Development Organisations (EDOs) to rethink their investment incentive from purely "location-based" incentives to "sustainability-based" incentives that aim to foster investment in relevant sectors and make them dependent on their sustainable development contribution.

—Christian Kollinsky
Director of Sustainable Development, WAVTEQ

Incentives can play an important part in successful investment promotion. If well designed, they can attract the right investor, fast track project implementation, increase local embeddedness, and steer investments into preferred sectors and regions.

The results show a great variety of investment incentives worldwide that target SDGs. More than 100 different incentive initiatives were identified however the research suggests that not all SDGs are evenly targeted.

—Nerys Coleman
Deputy Director of Data and Products, WAVTEQ

Should you need further information contact:

Christian Kollinsky
Senior Director
Sustainable Development


WAVTEQ is a pioneering data, technology and consulting company with a mission statement to make the global FDI market more efficient by connecting companies with locations worldwide and encourage sustainable investment through our lead generation and research services.

We have worked with over 300 investment promotion agencies (IPAs) and economic development organizations (EDOs) providing data and technology solutions and lead generation, strategy, marketing and training services to attract inward investment. Multinational Enterprises (MNEs) and site selection firms also subscribe to our data products to inform corporate location decisions.

WAVTEQ was established in Hong Kong in 2010 and has grown rapidly to become the largest FDI consulting team in the industry with over 80 specialist FDI consultants in 16 countries. Nearly two thirds of companies that have invested overseas in the last 15 years are headquartered in these countries. Our offices are ideally located to effectively target over 85% of companies worldwide currently considering FDI.

WAVTEQ is the world's leading developer of FDI databases and tools and is at the forefront of knowledge on FDI and investment promotion (See: WAVTEQ is also the exclusive consulting, technology and sales partner of fDi Intelligence, Financial Times Ltd.