The United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) were launched in 2015 to replace the millennium development goals and cover a wide range of global challenges across human society, the natural environment and governance. All 193 UN members agreed the SDGs and, after something of a slow start, they are fast becoming the common language of communicating and reporting around sustainability topics, with a report in 2017 finding that 50% of European listed companies surveyed were already using the SDGs in their corporate reporting. A report in the same year by the Business & Sustainable Development Commission estimated that sustainable business models “could open economic opportunities worth up to US$12 trillion and increase employment by up to 380 million jobs by 2030”.
Although they can look daunting, the SDGs aren’t just for governments and multinational businesses. They act as a powerful summary of the forces acting on businesses and can be used as a lens through which to view risk and opportunity. Green Knight can help you make them relevant to what your business does, which can focus your strategy and help you align with what matters most to your customers and other stakeholders.