Sustainable Development Goals

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What are the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals?

The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, adopted by all United Nations Member States in 2015, “provides a shared blueprint for peace and prosperity for people and the planet, now and into the future. At its heart are the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which are an urgent call for action for all developed and developing countries in a global partnership”.

Why should I be concerned about SDGs as a business?

Inspiring and informed leaders in business genuinely understand the importance of sustainability. Environmental and ethical responsibilities are essential to our civilisation. Business leaders can lead the way by ensuring that their business models reflect worldwide sustainability goals and evolve according to their customers’ consumer behaviour.


What are the Sustainable Development Goals?

Below is a list of each of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals that will transform our world:

01 No Poverty

End poverty in all its forms everywhere.

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02 Zero Hunger

End hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture.

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03 Good Health and Well-being

Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages.

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04 Quality Education

Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all.

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05 Gender Equality

Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls.

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06 Clean Water and Sanitation

Ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all.

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07 Affordable and Clean Energy

Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all.

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08 Decent Work and Economic Growth

Promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all.

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09 Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure

Build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialisation and foster innovation.

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10 Reduced Inequalities

Reduce inequality within and among countries.

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11 Sustainable Cities and Communities

Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable.

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12 Responsible Consumption and Production

Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns.

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13 Climate Action

Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts.

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14 Life Below Water

Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development.

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15 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.

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16 Peace, Justice, and Strong Institutions

Promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, provide access to justice for all and build effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels.

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17 Partnerships for the Goals

Strengthen the means of implementation and revitalize the Global Partnership for Sustainable Development.

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Can ISO standards help with SDGs and my business?

Have you ever imagined that as a business, you could not only be leading the way in making the world a better place but simultaneously can:

  • Improve the quality of your products and services
  • Significantly decrease energy costs
  • Reduce expensive waste management and fulfil environmental legal requirements
  • Ensure the health and safety of your employees
  • Drive the business forward with a robust business continuity plan

Read our blog to learn about a selection of ISO standards that IMSM consult to that will help drive your business and reach your Sustainable Development Goals. 

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