How can businesses help achieve the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals?

Business has an important role in achieving the UN’s goals to help end poverty and protect the planet.

Launched in 2015, the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are the UN’s ‘universal call to action to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure that all people enjoy peace and prosperity’. With a deadline of 2030, making this ambition a reality requires action on many disparate fronts. The 17 goals cover areas from health, education and gender equality, to water and energy, and sustainable cities and communities.

In our article for ICSA‘s Governance + Compliance publication, we define the role of businesses in meeting the SDGs, discuss how best to report on them and share our thoughts on how to use them as an employee and wider stakeholder engagement tool.

With trust in business at a low 43% (according to Edelman’s trust barometer), we believe the goals represent an opportunity for corporates to demonstrate that they are no longer the problem but are now part of the solution; contributing to solving the world’s most pressing environmental, social and economic challenges.

Read the full article in Governance + Compliance.

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Stephen Butler

As Director of Stakeholder Engagement, Stephen leads a team which provides strategic, best practice and compliance advice to clients across narrative reporting, digital, investor events, sustainability and integrated reporting.