UN Sustainability Development Goals – a challenge for us all
January 2016 saw the launch of the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) also known as Global Goals, which followed on from the Millennium Development Goals, which 193 governments coming together to agree how to tackle world issues. The 17 goals cover a wide range of priorities from ending poverty, achieving gender equality and empowering all women and girls, ensuring economic equality, taking action on climate change and protecting the world’s oceans. Ambitious and truly global they can seem daunting, or even irrelevant to small businesses and charities here in the UK, but they are vitally important to our customers, clients and stakeholders.
A recent PWC survey reports that 90% of all citizens say its important that businesses sign up to the goals, while 71% of the businesses reported they are already planning ways to engage with the SDGs. The challenge is knowing where to start.
At Achill Management we have decided to focus on the goals that are most relevant to the work we do and which match and reflect our core values: these are
Goal 3: Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages
Goal 4: Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote life long learning opportunities fro all
Goal 5: Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls
Goal 13: Tale urgent action to comb at Climate change and its impacts
Goal 16: Promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, provide access to justice for all and build effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels
Our work with the Legal Sustainability Alliance, The Woodland Trust, and the Church Commissioners and Archbishops’ Council are evidence of how as a small consultancy we can demonstrate our commitment to the global ambitions being led by the UN on behalf of us all.