What are the Sustainable Development Goals?
The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) were initiated at the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development in Rio de Janeiro in 2012, with the intent of creating a set of universal goals that met the world’s urgent environmental, political and economic challenges.
The SDGs play a critical role in focusing business, civil society and governments on a set of common goals to address key global challenges. Connecting your business objectives to the goals may be overwhelming at first glance, but it’s important to remember the 17 SDGs are intentionally high-level in nature to ensure they are broadly applicable.
Similarly, while it is not expected that companies can align their goals with all 17 SDGs, they are expected to identify which goals are most relevant to their business and where they have an opportunity to contribute to the goals through the full value chain of their business. It is therefore important to approach the SDGs in an attentive and streamlined manner to ensure you focus in on areas where your actions have real and tangible impacts.
Best practice for business action and the SDGs
We have developed this short guide on the steps your business can follow to identify which goals are most relevant to your business, and how you can set targets against these to drive measurable impact.
Step 1: SDG value chain mapping
Step 2: Alignment with SDG targets
Step 3: Gap assessment
Step 4: Goal setting and communication
For further details on each step download our sustainable development goals PDF to help your business align, engage and implement the most relevant SDGs to you.