During the year, we successfully completed the first phase of integrating the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) into our business and corporate strategy. The SDGs have enabled us to unite our three-pillared business strategy with our sustainability vision and to translate our strategic sustainability ambitions into specific, measurable objectives for every division, department and team.
WHAT ARE THE SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT GOALS?
Officially adopted by the United Nations on 25 September 2015, the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are an articulation of how we can work together to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all.
Officially known as Transforming our world: the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, the SDGs are a set of 17 ‘Global Goals’ with 169 targets between them. The SDGs have set the sustainable development agenda for the next 15 years (to 2030) and will guide our efforts as countries, businesses and individuals to end all forms of poverty, fight inequalities and tackle climate change, while ensuring that no one is left behind.
The SDGs are unique in that they call for action by all countries, poor, rich and middleincome to promote prosperity while protecting the planet. They recognise that ending poverty must go hand-in-hand with strategies that build economic growth and address a range of social needs including education, health, social protection, and job opportunities, while tackling climate change and environmental protection. The SDGs are also a unique call to action for business to drive the delivery of the goals through businessdriven approaches.