The UN’s 17 Sustainable Development Goals: What do they mean for your business?

16th December 2019|Environment and sustainability|

The 17 Sustainable Development Goals set us on course for a more sustainable development, for both humans and the planet we inhabit.

On September the 25th, 2015, at the UN summit in New York, heads of state and government leaders from around the world laid out the objective that citizens, businesses and government authorities alike must increasingly create ongoing sustainable solutions and support a sustainable future.

These goals for future sustainable development, the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), were adopted by no fewer than 193 member states and entered into effect on January the 1st, 2016. They detail specific objectives to be achieved within the coming years, by 2030 at the latest.

With these objectives therefore, demand for sustainable solutions has been formalized on a global scale, creating some unique opportunities for business – opportunities that require focus and coordinated efforts in order to be seized.

This article will give you an overview of the UN’s 17 Sustainable Development Goals, while also addressing how your business can focus on the goals, and explaining how Scanlux Packaging contributes to the Sustainable Development Goals.

What are the 17 Sustainable Development Goals?

The Sustainable Development Goals consist of 17 goals and 169 targets which commit all 193 UN member states to completely eradicating poverty and hunger in the world, reducing inequality, guaranteeing good education and better health for all, as well as ensuring decent jobs and more sustainable economic growth. They also focus on promoting peace and security, robust institutions, and strengthening international partnerships.

The adopted agenda therefore recognises that social, economic and environmental development, peace, security and international cooperation is closely linked, and that integrated efforts are required in order to achieve sustainable development results.

  1. End poverty in all forms, everywhere.
  2. Stop hunger, achieve food security and improve nutrition, and support sustainable agriculture.
  3. Promote health and well-being for everyone of all ages.
  4. Promote quality education and lifelong learning opportunities for all.
  5. Achieve gender equality and strengthen the rights and opportunities of women and girls.
  6. Promote access to, and sustainable management of, clean water and sanitation for all.
  7. Promote access to cheap, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all.
  8. Promote long-lasting, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent jobs for all.
  9. Build a resilient infrastructure, support inclusive and sustainable industrialization, and promote innovation.
  10. Reduce inequality within and between countries.
  11. Make cities and local communities inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable.
  12. Promote responsible consumption and production.
  13. Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impact.
  14. Life in the sea. Preserve and secure the sustainable use of the world’s oceans and ocean-based resources.
  15. Life on land. Protect, restore and support the sustainable use of ecosystems and forests, combat desertification, stop land degradation and biodiversity loss.
  16. Build more peaceful and inclusive societies, ensure access to justice for all, and build effective, responsible and robust institutions at every level.