The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) were adopted by the United Nations in 2015. They are a universal call to action to end poverty, protect the planet, and ensure that by 2030 all people enjoy peace and prosperity.
The 17 SDGs are integrated, recognising that action in one area will affect outcomes in others and that development must balance social, economic and environmental sustainability. They recognise that ending poverty and other deprivations must go hand-in-hand with strategies that improve health and education, reduce inequality, and spur economic growth. They also push to tackle climate change and preserve our oceans and forests.
Good Dividends promote these SDGs within businesses by providing supportive tools and know-how to organisation leaders in a concise and tangible form; to be used as a force for good.
Getting started with SDGs
Seven Simple Ways
Sustainability means different things for people and for businesses. While individual actions are always important, it’s also essential to get all businesses and organisations involved in environmental protection and the betterment of our society. For the world to succeed, companies must integrate sustainable development goals (SDGs) into their business strategies.
What are seven simple ways new companies can integrate SDGs into business strategy?
- Pick the goals that matter the most to your organisation
- Improve awareness of the goals within the organisation
- Prioritise employment opportunities i.e. be a good employer
- Examine and influence supply chains
- Boost transparency of sourcing materials, energy and people
- Invest in climate mitigation
- SDGs are long-term goals, so focus on long-term goals
Adding Business Value with SDGs
"It's not what you can do for the SDGs; but rather how value can be realised for the business by pursuing the SDGs"
Luke Freeman, MF Freeman
Good Dividends translate the UN SDGs that focus on humanity's needs to become part of the everyday activity of the business.
Through the selection and pursuit of particular SDGs, value can be generated across the business. In this way, the business can be an enormous force for good. To understand how this can occur please try out the SDG Configurator – the tool provides a selection process and measuring tool.
An SDG tool to help your organisation
There are 169 SDG targets grouped below 17 SDGs. Every organisation is different, and there is no one standard set of SDG targets, so the selection process for a company has traditionally been lengthy and complex. The SDG Configurator helps a company develop its own non-financial goals by guiding the selection of SDG targets that are considered relevant and worthy of pursuing.