Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

DEFINITION: A UN document which features 17 sustainability goals and 169 smaller targets, including pledges to protect the world’s oceans, improve water management and the energy system, and take urgent action on climate change. The overarching aim of the document is to 'end poverty'. Delegates from 194 member states adopted the agreement in September 2015.

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Available to watch on demand: Webinar on making 2021 the 'super year' for corporate sustainability

edie's most recent explored the redefinition of corporate sustainability leadership in 2021, through the lens of buildings and transport, the Sustainable Development Goals and net-zero strategies, featuring expert insight from Anglian Water, Business in the Community and EDF Energy. A recording of the session is now available to watch.

The 14-page report is free to download

New report details how businesses can help achieve SDG 12: Responsible Production and Consumption

edie has launched its latest SDG Spotlight report, looking at how businesses can transform to help achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) post-lockdown, with the latest focusing on Goal 12: Responsible Production and Consumption.

The role of the Pope is stated as providing “moral guidance”

The Vatican convenes business giants in bid to promote purpose-led capitalism

The Vatican has convened representatives from more than a dozen of the world's biggest businesses, including EY and Kering, for a new alliance to champion more inclusive and sustainable financial systems.

SDG Spotlight: How Businesses Can Achieve Goal 12; Responsible Production and Consumption

edie's latest SDG Spotlight report, produced in association with Rio, looks at how businesses can transform operations, services, supply chains and strategies to help deliver Goal 12: Responsible Production and Consumption.

SDG Spotlight: How Businesses Can Achieve Goal 7; Clean and Affordable Energy

edie's latest SDG Spotlight report, produced in association with Bryt Energy, looks at how businesses and national policies can transform operations, services, supply chains and strategies to help deliver Goal 7: Clean and Affordable Energy.

The UK received top scores on several Goals, including SDGs relating to sanitation, energy access and renewable energy

UK 'among best nations globally' for SDG alignment

Although global progress towards the UN's Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) remains insufficient to meet the 2030 deadline, the UK is among the nations leading the way on alignment and, as such, is a prime market for impact investment.

SDG Spotlight: How Businesses Can Achieve Goal 9; Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure

edie's latest SDG Spotlight report, produced in association with UK Power Networks Services, looks at how businesses can transform operations, services, supply chains and strategies to help deliver Goal 9: Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure.

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Earthshot Prize: Royals to spend £50m on climate and nature innovations by 2030

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have officially launched what they describe as the "most prestigious global environment prize in history", which will allocate £50m to projects tackling the climate and nature crises over a ten-year period.

Martin Baxter, chief policy advisor, IEMA (second right) and Julia Bradbury (far right) present the Willmott Dixon team with the award.

What makes a sustainability leader? Get to know Willmott Dixon's award-winning team

With the 2021 Sustainability Leaders Awards entry deadline approaching, this new feature series showcases the achievements of the 2020 winners and reveals their secrets to success. Up first: The winner of our Team of the Year award, Willmott Dixon Group.

Both Tesco and Cranswick work with FareShare to help redistribute surplus products

Tesco and Cranswick surpass food waste reduction targets

Supermarket Tesco and major premium food supplier Cranswick have both published new food waste data this week, revealing that they have exceeded their 2030 reduction targets ahead of schedule.





This 21-page report offers clear, practical steps on how businesses can advance global progress towards achieving all 17 SDGs by 2030

A blueprint for business leadership: edie launches renewed Sustainable Development Goals report

Sustainability and CSR professionals looking to embed the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) within their organisation's strategy now have access to a comprehensive new report breaking down exactly how businesses of all sizes and sectors can contribute to all 17 Global Goals.

Achieving the Sustainable Development Goals: A Blueprint for Business Leadership

With less than 10 years to meet the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), action is still not happening at the speed or scale required - despite a groundswell of ambition and action from organisations of all sectors and sizes. This report offers an end-to-end overview of exactly how businesses can advance global progress towards achieving all 17 of the Global Goals.

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Ikea owner commits €600m in sustainability investing over next 12 months

Ingka Group - the business owner of Ikea - will commit €600m in sustainability investments, including a "zero-fossil fuel" approach, to assist with Ikea's overall ambition of becoming "climate positive" by 2030.

C&S is calling for more standardised reporting requirements to streamline the process for corporates

ESG disclosure 'firmly in the mainstream' for corporate reporting

New analysis of global reporting frameworks and requirements for corporate sustainability has found that environmental, social and governance (ESG) disclosure is becoming a crucial aspect of corporate transparency.

Councillors in cities such as Newcastle (pictured) have already pledged to align planning and policy with the Global Goals

English local authorities encouraged to align with SDGs in green recovery planning

The body representing 335 of the UK's 339 local authorities has launched a guide for engagement and alignment with the UN's Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which it claims should be accelerated in efforts to "build back better" post-pandemic.

#SustyTalk: Hitachi Europe's Hans Daems on the evolution of CSR in the new normal

edie's #SustyTalk interview series continues with Hitachi Europe's head of public affairs Hans Daems offering his thoughts on the evolution of corporate CSR as we begin to emerge out of lockdown and head towards a "new normal".

There are now less than 10 years to achieve the SDGs

One Young World: Business giants invest £500k in SDG-aligned innovations

AstraZeneca, Deloitte and BP are among a cohort big-name businesses to have jointly unveiled £500,000 of grant funding for young innovators working on projects driving progress towards the aims of the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Johnson has said his recovery plans should result in progress towards shared goals, such as the SDGs, getting "back on track"

Embed the SDGs into Covid-19 recovery plans, leaders urge Boris Johnson

More than 100 leaders from across the UK's business and public sectors have called on Boris Johnson to ensure that the UN's Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are placed at the heart of the UK's Covid-19 recovery planning, in a bid to couple the economic reboot with social as well as environmental progress.

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Boris Johnson confirms new COP26 date, urges nations to focus on green recoveries

Prime Minister Boris Johnson has reiterated a desire for the UK to deliver a "sustainable" recovery from the coronavirus pandemic in a way that brings together key international nations to reach the ambitions of the Paris Agreement and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Iceland is launching a national rollout of a successful trial that gave store colleagues the option to take surplus food home from stores at the end of the day. Image: Iceland/Webershandwick 

Iceland cuts food waste by 23%, aims for 50% reduction by 2030

Retailer Iceland has revealed it has reduced food waste by almost a quarter in the past two years, having reduced wastage by around 2,500 tonnes through redistribution schemes as the company targets a 50% reduction by 2030.

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Closing today: Energy managers called upon to participate in edie's Business Barometer

edie's Business Barometer takes a regular temperature-check of UK-based energy managers and practitioners, with a view to analysing current challenges, spotting industry trends and identifying future opportunities on the road to net-zero emissions. 

From digging through the data to help you communicate to exploring long-term resiliency, there are lots of important tasks for sustainability professionals during lockdown

Six key areas of focus for sustainability professionals during lockdown

It's been almost a month since the UK Government introduced lockdown measures in response to Covid-19 and has since announced a further three-week extension to social distancing. As such, edie offers some best-practice advice for sustainability professionals to keep focusing on the climate battle during the pandemic.

Each of these success stories exemplifies how businesses are ramping up ambitions and actions in all areas of sustainable development 

BlackRock's SDG fund and HP's ocean-plastic drive: The sustainability success stories of the week

As part of our Mission Possible campaign, edie brings you this weekly round-up of five of the best sustainability success stories of the week from across the globe.

(Top-left to bottom-right): Centrica Business Solutions' Louis Burford; Decathlon's Emma Woolley; Centrica's Andrea Barrett; and edie's Luke Nicholls, who chaired the Virtual Roundtable

The net-zero bulldozer: Have the SDGs been forgotten in an era of climate activism?

2019 will be remembered as a year of unprecedented climate action, with improved science and mass citizen engagement spurring nations and businesses to set net-zero targets. But amid this rush of climate action, have the other social and environmental issues set out by the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) been deprioritised?

While many mining giants include SDG logos on their report, they fail to report on their negative environmental impacts, the report concludes

World's largest mining firms 'selectively reporting' on positive sustainability progress, report warns

Many of the world's largest mining companies are choosing to omit mentions of their negative environmental and social impacts from their annual report, highlighting and overstating positive impacts instead, a new report has warned.

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World leaders urged to 'step back from precipice' of ecological ruin

Humanity's ongoing destruction of nature threatens the survival of our species, a group of former foreign ministers has warned, calling on leaders to step back from "the precipice" of irreversible ecological ruin and protect nature.

Businesses are gearing up to redefine their purpose

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Sustainability experts and thought leaders were in attendance at edie's Sustainability Leaders Forum to outline how the role of business in a society battling social and environmental crises like never before will change.

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A business coalition spearheaded by the UK Stakeholders for Sustainable Development (UKSSD) has today (29 January) delivered a brief to Prime Minister Boris Johnson calling for the Government to improve progress towards the UN's Sustainable Development Goals (SDG).