Sustainable Development Goals
In 2015, all United Nations Member States adopted the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. This agenda provides a blueprint for peace and prosperity for people and the planet, now and in the future. At its heart are the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDG’s) that demonstrate the scale and ambition of this agenda. The SDG’s are an urgent call for action by all countries – developed and developing – in a global partnership.
In addition to governments, the private sector plays a crucial role in the global mobilisation, addressing the most pressing economic, social and environmental challenges. Therefore, we are committed to contributing to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals and have identified four goals that are particularly relevant to our business:
DECENT WORK AND ECONOMIC GROWTH
“Promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all.”
Inclusive and sustainable economic growth can drive progress and generate the means to implement the Sustainable Development Goals. More progress is needed to increase employment opportunities, particularly for young people. We support safe and secure working environments by reducing informal employment and closing the gender pay gap. These measurements help us to create decent work for everyone.
RESPONSIBLE CONSUMPTION & PRODUCTION
“Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns.”
We must take urgent action to ensure that our material demands do not lead to the over-extraction of resources or to the degradation of the environment. Policies, such as the NDPE policy, must be included to improve resource efficiency, reduce waste, and improve mainstream sustainability practices across all sectors of the economy.
LIFE ON LAND
“Protect, restore, and promote sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems, sustainably manage forests, combat desertification, and halt and reverse land degradation and halt biodiversity loss.”
Forest loss is slowing down and more key biodiversity areas are protected. More financial assistance flows into the protection of biodiversity. However, illicit poaching and trafficking of wildlife continue to interfere with the protection of vital ecosystems and species.
PARTNERSHIPS FOR THE GOALS
“Strengthen the means of implementation and revitalize the global partnership for sustainable development.”
Only if we work together, we can provide our planet with a circular and sustainable future. Partnerships are critical. Enhanced international cooperation is needed to ensure that sufficient means of implementation exist to provide countries with the opportunity to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals.