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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SDGs becoming a 'new compass' for sustainable investing, survey finds

More than half of institutional investors to have incorporated environmental, social and corporate governance (ESG) issues into their frameworks are using the UN's Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as a guideline, a new survey has found.

The webinar will be available to watch on demand after 8 May for those who have registered

Speaker line-up confirmed for edie's SDG business strategy webinar

Sustainability experts from Thai Union, Hilton and Asia Pulp & Paper have all been confirmed to speak in a live edie webinar focused on aligning business strategies with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), taking place Wednesday 8 May 2019 at 2pm.

Bournemouth University's sustainability team plumped for the JUMP scheme following its success at Swansea University and the University of Chichester, Smith told edie

How gamification is helping Bournemouth University engage staff with the SDGs

EXCLUSIVE: With 169 targets and 232 indicators across 17 large-scale sustainability challenges, the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are often seen as a communications challenge due to their scope and scale. But by using gamification, Bournemouth University has managed to engage the majority of staff with the vast SDG agenda.

According to the UN, greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from cooling are currently on track to increase by 90% by 2050

The Cool Coalition: Business giants unite in drive for low-emission cooling

A coalition of more than 20 businesses, NGOs, local authorities, policymakers and higher education establishments have forged a new joint initiative aimed at spurring the global transition to low-emission cooling.

In 2018, Bank of America deployed more than $50bn on projects that impacted areas outlined by the SDGs. Image: Bank of America

Bank of America commits $300bn to sustainable finance

Bank of America has issued its third commitment to sustainable finance, pledging to mobilise an additional $300bn (£230bn) in capital by 2030, with a previous commitment set to be achieved six years ahead of schedule.

The GRI chair claimed that a cooperative approach would be essential in spurring action towards the SDGs

GRI calls for business and governments to partner on SDGs

The chairman of the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) had called for greater collaboration and cooperation between businesses and national governments in order to achieve the aims of the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

The SRA has called on hospitality and leisure businesses to keep more food on plates - not in bins

Is it time for the hospitality sector to align to the SDGs?

The Sustainable Restaurant Association (SRA) has called on the food industry to follow the UN's Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in order to achieve the innovation required to accelerate climate action.

The Good Times from a Good Place strategy has various goals to be achieved by 2025 and 2030

Pernod Ricard targets SDGs and regenerative agriculture as part of 2030 goals

Beverage giant Pernod Ricard has today (3 April) launched a new sustainability roadmap aligned to the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) that commits to ambitious new targets relating to regenerative agriculture and biodiversity, recyclable packaging and a science-based carbon target.

The global drinks firm launched a new sustainability strategy on 3 April 2019. Images: Pernod Ricard

Sustainable Business Covered podcast: In the Green Room with Pernod Ricard's Vanessa Wright

Welcome back to the green room - edie's exclusive interview hub for sustainability leaders, brought to you as part of the Sustainable Business Covered podcast. Up next to provide the insights of a leading sustainable business: Pernod Ricard's vice president of global sustainability Vanessa Wright.

The EAC will confirm the date for the one-off evidence session in due course

MPs to scrutinise Government's SDG review

The Environmental Audit Committee (EAC) is set to hold a one-off evidence session to examine the UK Government's voluntary national review towards achieving the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

An estimated 821 million people across the globe go hungry

Food banks help reduce emissions by 10 million tonnes, report finds

Food banks around the world have helped mitigate more than 10.5 million tonnes of carbon emissions by preventing almost 2.7 million metric tonnes of edible food being wasted, a new report has found.

BNP Paribas has created a range of targets and KPIs to put in place a sustainable finance strategy.

BNP Paribas aligns with SDGs and Paris Agreement in new sustainability strategy

French banking giant BNP Paribas has outlined its latest strategy to accelerate its commitment to sustainable development.

(L:R) Veris Environmental Finance’s chairman James Atkins; CISL founder and director Polly Courtice; he European Commission’s director general for the environment Daniel Calleja Crespo and The Economist’s business editor Jan Piotrowski

How can business transform unsustainable economic models from within?

We are only able to enjoy our current standard of living due to economic growth. But with emissions, resource consumption and social inequality all rising under capitalism, will the economic model need to be completely overhauled to ensure a sustainable future?

Thai Union relies on the oceans for its business and is recognised widely as a leader for its approach to sustainability

SDGs In Action: How Thai Union is achieving Goal 14 - Life Below Water

Welcome back to edie's new editorial series which breaks down exactly how businesses are turning the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) into action. Up next: seafood-based food producer Thai Union outlines how it is creating healthy oceans by changing seafood for good.

SSE will also require all senior management to be judged against the delivery of the 2030 strategy

SSE launches new corporate strategy aligned to SDGs

UK energy firm SSE has unveiled a new sustainability strategy for 2030 aligned to the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), that will deliver a 50% cut in carbon intensity, trebling its renewable electricity output and facilitating the uptake of 10 million electric vehicles (EVs) in the UK.

Through the lens of SDG 6, Diageo learnt that it could improve CSR efforts around gender, poverty and health and wellbeing in the communities that it interacts with

The SDGs In Action: How Diageo is achieving SDG 6 - Clean Water and Sanitation

Welcome back to edie's new editorial series which breaks down exactly how businesses are turning the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) into action. Up next: global drinks firm Diageo outlines how it is improving its water efficiency to the benefit of the communities it operates within.

More than 9,000 companies have pledged to support the SDGs to date, but reporting is yet to be unified

Corporate reporting bodies launch framework championing SDG alignment

A coalition of corporate reporting framework providers and CDP have published new advice aimed at unifying the business community's approach to reporting in line with the UN's Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

In action: The environmental legacy of the Thames Tideway Tunnel

The Thames Tideway Tunnel is a new major piece of infrastructure for London, capturing an average of 39 million tonnes of untreated sewage which currently enters the tidal River Thames every year. If no action is taken, this is anticipated to reach 70 million tonnes by 2020.

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More plastic pledges, rising CSR stars and #ThisIsACrisis: Top 10 sustainability stories of February 2019

As the shortest month of the year draws to a close, we take a look back at February's biggest sustainability and energy stories. The round-up includes Iceland's plastic-free produce, Amazon's carbon-neutral shipments, edie's new 30 Under 30 initiative and the 'Sustainability Oscars'.

Of the 143 targets considered relevant to the domestic delivery of the SDGs, a report notes that the UK is only performing well on 24% of its targets

UK Government urged to increase engagement with the SDGs

The CBI and International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) have called on the UK Government to create "clear definitions" and communication plans to act on the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), using access to green finance to mobilise private sector action.

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edie launches new case study series highlighting business action towards the SDGs

In an effort to mobilise business contributions towards the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), edie has launched a new best-practice case study series highlighting how businesses are helping to achieve the Global Goals.

Through the lens of SDG 15, Asia Pulp & Paper is committed to  improving the livelihoods of the farmers and communities that it interacts with

SDGs In Action: How Asia Pulp & Paper is achieving Goal 15 - Life On Land

Welcome to edie's brand new editorial series which breaks down exactly how businesses are turning the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) into action. First up: paper manufacturer Asia Pulp & Paper (APP) reveals how it is driving out deforestation while improving the livelihoods of its workers in Indonesia.

Richard Ellis explained the importance of using the SDGs to communicate the business benefits of running CSR initiatives

How SDG alignment helped Walgreens Boots Alliance prove the profitability of sustianability

EXCLUSIVE: By aligning the company's sustainability strategy with the UN's Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), Walgreens Boot Alliance's sustainability team have been able to secure "far greater" boardroom-level support for its actions, the company's vice president for CSR has revealed.

The 2019 Sustainability Leaders Forum takes the theme of 'Embracing the fierce urgency of NOW' to address some of the biggest challenges of our time

Embracing the fierce urgency of NOW: One week left until Sustainability Leaders Forum 2019

Plastic thinkathons, SDG Leadership Labs, live vodcast discussions and panel debate featuring the likes of Carlsberg, Interface and Unilever complete an all-star line-up for edie's flagship Sustainability Leaders Forum 2019 - taking place next Tuesday and Wednesday (5-6 February) in London.

Refinitiv operates in 190 countries worldwide

Refinitiv pledges to become a net-zero-carbon business in 2020

Finance giant Refinitiv has committed to becoming carbon-neutral by the end of 2020, as part of a new range of sweeping environmental and social sustainability pledges.

A UN climate summit will be convened in September in New York to mobilise action by political leaders, the business community and civil society

UN chief outlines climate change and SDGs as key 2019 priorities

UN Secretary-General António Guterres has said that countries must "dramatically accelerate" efforts to tackle climate change and achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in the year ahead.

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In depth: How are businesses performing against their plastic pledges?

Over the last two years, some the world's largest businesses have made ambitious new commitments to eliminating single-use plastics. Here, edie rounds up what progress some of these businesses have made to date.

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19 New Year's resolutions for sustainability professionals in 2019

Love them or hate them, New Year's resolutions are a tool to motivate and inspire individuals to start a new calendar year with renewed focus. Here, edie has listed 19 resolutions for sustainability professionals in 2019 that will help businesses ignite a new era of leadership.

This weekly round-up explores how businesses and nations across the world are ramping up efforts across all areas of sustainable development

Tesco's EV charging network and Sweden's ice hotel: 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.

PwC has warned that businesses are still failing to set measurable KPIs relating to the Global Goals, three years after the framework was created

PwC: Business still failing to turn SDG ambition into action

Just over a quarter (28%) of businesses have set Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) to help them measure and disclose their positive contributions towards the UN's Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), despite repeated warnings that corporate action has been slow and weak.

Milikin and Barcenas discuss some of the brewer’s notable achievements to date. Photo credit for Ezgi Barcenas: Bloomberg

Sustainable Business Covered podcast: In the green room with AB InBev's Tony Milikin and Ezgi Barcenas

Welcome back to the green room - edie's exclusive interview hub for sustainability leaders, brought to you as part of the Sustainable Business Covered podcast. Up next to provide the insights of a leading sustainable business: Ab InBev's chief sustainability and procurement officer Tony Milikin and global vice president of sustainability Ezgi Barcenas.

The letter argues that ‘progress is not being made quickly enough’ to deliver adequate progress on the SDGs

Religious leaders urge Theresa May to appoint dedicated SDG minister

Leaders within the UK's six most predominant religions have urged Prime Minister Theresa May to bolster the Government's action plans for achieving the aims of the UN's Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), after a recent report revealed that the nation is delivering on less than a quarter of its SDG targets.

Aside from raw revenue, Trucost claims that SDG alignment can boost a company's social value and help it to prioritise risks and opportunities

Report: SDG alignment generated $233bn in business revenue last year

By moving to embed the aims of the UN's 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) into their sustainability strategies, 13 of the world's biggest corporates have collectively generated $233bn of revenue.

Joanna Gilroy explained the importance of using the SDGs to drive more ambitious action, rather than

Sustainable Future: How Bunzl is using the SDGs to raise its sustainability ambitions

EXCLUSIVE: Just one year after publishing the inaugural report on its Sustainable Future sustainability strategy, Bunzl Catering Supplies has moved to align itself with the UN's Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in a bid to maximise its positive social and environmental impact.

edie rounds up the key findings of from WBCSD and Radley Yeldar's recent corporate sustainability reporting survey

In numbers: The state of corporate sustainability reporting

Over the past 12 months, the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) has worked with consultancy Radley Yeldar to survey 158 corporates on their approach to sustainability reporting. Here, edie rounds-up the key findings.

The investment was announced on Monday (23 October) at an event hosted by non-profit One Young World in Holland

Big-name businesses jointly pledge $500,000 to spur action on SDGs

A group of nine corporations, including oil and gas giant BP and professional services firm Deloitte, have collectively pledged to invest $500,000 into projects which aim to accelerate global progress on one or more on the UN's 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Lidl will purchase enough Roundtable for Responsible Soy (RTRS) credits to cover its entire supply chain

Lidl becomes first UK retailer to purchase 100% sustainably-sourced soy

Discount chain Lidl has become the first UK retailer to switch to 100% sustainably-sourced soy for its own-brand products, after joining the Government's Roundtable for Sustainable Soy.

The Voluntary National Review will be submitted to the UN ahead of next summer's High-Level Political Forum

Government launches landmark review into UK business action on SDGs

The UK Government has this week launched its first voluntary review into how the nation's business community is contributing to the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Delegates discussed the key drivers that would impact sustainability reporting in the near future

TCFD, SDGs and pop-up squads: What the future holds for sustainability reporting

Sustainability and corporate responsibility managers from a range of businesses recently gathered in London for an exclusive roundtable hosted by edie and reporting and assurance firm DNV GL to discuss how new standards, systems and stakeholder demands are together revolutionising sustainability reporting.

The onus is on the sector to transform an appearance of bricks, mortar and profit to one of culture and purpose

Can sustainability help retailers overcome a 'trust deficit'?

EXCLUSIVE: With the retail sector battling against low trust-levels, high-street closures and a transition to e-commerce, delegates at edie's Responsible Retail conference claimed that embedding sustainability as part of a holistic brand purpose can drive prosperity for businesses.

The Alliance launch coincides with the UN General Assembly’s Global Goals Week in New York, which aims to drive action and raise awareness of the SDGs. Photo: Neil Baynes

The World Benchmarking Alliance launches to rank businesses on SDGs

A global multi-stakeholder initiative has been launched to measure and incentivise business efforts to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

This episode of the Sustainable Business Covered podcast features not one, not two but three exclusive interviews

Sustainable Business Covered podcast: Snap packs, green dry-cleaning and SDG cities

Episode 49 of the Sustainable Business Covered podcast sees edie discuss plastic-free packaging with Carlsberg, Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) with Canary Wharf Group and features a whistle-stop tour of a new and ultra-green dry-cleaning facility in Watford.

Bacardi has fresh 2020 commitments on water, emissions and packaging as part of the alignment

Bacardi to align CSR strategy with SDGs in bid to have 'net-zero' impact

Beverage giant Bacardi has pledged to align its corporate responsibility strategy with the targets of the United Nations' (UN) Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as part of an ambition to have a "net-zero" impact on the environment.

The EIB has issued more than €23bn (£20bn) through Climate Awareness Bonds since 2007

European Investment Bank issues €500m Sustainability Awareness Bond

The European Investment Bank (EIB) has issued a €500m (£448m) Sustainability Awareness Bond designed to boost capital market and private sector transparency for climate-related risks and opportunities.

The number of big businesses investing in water security reached

Science and context: Inside Diageo's refreshed Water Blueprint

With water and sanitation at the core of sustainable development, edie speaks with one of the world's largest drinks businesses to explore how it is accelerating progress towards achieving Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 6: Clean Water and Sanitation for All.

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SDG blueprints, wonky veg boxes and plastics action: Top 10 sustainability stories of August 2018

As the summer holidays draw to a close, we take a look back at August's biggest sustainability stories in this round-up - covering wonky produce boxes, plastics debates and a solar-powered cheese manufacturing plant.

The report calls for a string of global policy changes in order to mobilise the amount of investment needed to reach the aims of the SDGs

Report: Global green finance levels insufficient to underpin SDGs

Despite strong growth in the green finance market in recent times, the current global economic system will not be able to underpin the level of public and private financing needed to meet the United Nations' (UN) Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Sustainability experts from an array of businesses came together to discuss the potential methods to engage with the Global Goals

The SDG roundtable: Getting engaged with the Global Goals - Part Two

edie brings you the second part of an exclusive roundtable discussion hosted in association with DNV GL which explored how businesses can drive engagement with the Government, consumers and suppliers to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

The UNGC believes that reporting on the SDGs must be

UN Global Compact: Corporates must stop 'cherry-picking' the SDGs

EXCLUSIVE: Large businesses will soon risk losing investor interest and stakeholder trust unless they stop "cherry-picking" which of the United Nation's (UN) Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) they report on and omitting negative impacts from their sustainability reports.

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 Sustainable Development Goals report

Sustainability and CSR professionals looking to embed the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) within their organisation's business strategy now have access to a comprehensive new report which breaks down everything there is to know about the global Goals.

Since January, staff at the University have clocked up 130,000 miles of sustainable travel to and from campus

Bournemouth University turns to gamification to cut emissions and plastics use

Bournemouth University has revealed an employee engagement scheme has enabled it to avoid more than 500kg of disposable coffee cup waste and reduce its carbon emissions by more than 400 tonnes over an eight-month period.

Sustainability experts from an array of businesses came together to discuss the potential methods to engage with the Global Goals

The SDG roundtable: Getting engaged with the Global Goals - Part One

Sustainability and corporate responsibility managers from a range of businesses recently gathered in London for an exclusive roundtable hosted by edie and DNV GL to discuss how the private sector is stepping up efforts to drive engagement with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Achieving the Sustainable Development Goals: A Blueprint for Business Leadership

This brand new edie insight report provides clear, practical steps that can be taken by sustainability and CSR professionals to embed the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) within their organisation’s business strategy.

The winning team ‘Pankhurst’ claimed victory following its winning presentation on gender inequality and gender stereotypes, titled ‘Equality for All’

Canon educates youth on the importance of SDGs

Global imaging manufacturer Canon has this week worked with the University of the Arts London to help students harness the power of visual storytelling to address the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

The hour-long webinar is available to watch on demand

Should businesses communicate negative contributions to the Global Goals?

EXCLUSIVE: As more companies pledge to support and report on the UN's Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), should businesses also examine and communicate negative contributions to the Global Goals?

Four speakers have now been confirmed to speak in the hour-long webinar, which is being hosted in association with DNV GL

Available on demand: The SDG 'power hour' webinar

Sustainability experts from BT, the British Retail Consortium (BRC), the UK Stakeholders for Sustainable Development (UKSSD) and DNV GL are all featured in edie's webinar focused on business engagement with the SDGs, which is now available to watch on demand.

The money will fund a group of at up to 15 fellows to research potential SDG breakthroughs for three years

Unilever and Sainsbury's among funders for Prince of Wales SDG programme

More than a dozen big-name businesses, including Unilever, Asda and Sainsbury's, have teamed up to work on a Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership (CISL) initiative to support progress towards the UN's Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

The webinar will be free to watch live at 2pm on Thursday 26 July and will be available on-demand afterwards.

Speaker line-up confirmed for edie's SDG 'Power Hour' webinar

Sustainability experts from BT, the British Retail Consortium (BRC), the UK Stakeholders for Sustainable Development (UKSSD) and DNV GL are all set to feature in a live edie webinar focused on business engagement with the SDGs, taking place on 26 July.

The report was unveiled at the House of Commons Photo: Global Festival of Ideas for Sustainable Development

Government must embed SDGs into Brexit strategy, report urges

The UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) should be placed at the heart of the UK's Brexit strategy, according to a new report stating that government policy is performing inadequately across three-quarters of the targets listed under goals.

There's still time to register and come along to the final day of the exhibition for free today (23 May)

Insight, inspiration and innovation continues into final day of edie Live 2018

The sustainability and energy management community descended upon the NEC Birmingham in their droves with sessions at full capacity throughout the first day of edie Live 2018 - and the action is set continue into the second and final day (23 May).

Hosted in association with E.ON Energy, edie's Mission Possible webinar will involve three speakers followed by a live audience Q&A

Sustainability leadership, in action: edie's Mission Possible webinar available on demand

Sustainability figureheads from home improvement retailer Kingfisher and food manufacturer William Jackson Food Group will discuss how they are scaling-up effort and innovation to achieve their 'Mission Possible' in edie's next live webinar, taking place tomorrow (3 May).

edie dives deep into the data to bring you seven key statistics of the global energy transformation

Clean Energy for All: Seven reasons why the world is falling short on SDG 7

As a new report warns that the global economy is not on track to deliver on the clean energy targets of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), edie rounds up some of the headline trends that are shaping the transition to renewable energy and offer a glimmer of hope that targets can still be reached.

The most rapid deterioration was in south and south-east Asia, where more than 70% of poor cities suffered worsening air quality

Air pollution inequality widens between rich and poor, linked to 7 million deaths annually

Pollution inequality between the world's rich and poor is widening, according to the latest global data from the World Health Organisation (WHO) which shows that 7 million people - mostly in developing nations - die every year from airborne contaminants.

Featuring expert advice and case studies from Ikea, Asia Pulp & Paper, Primark and more, the handbook equips readers with knowledge and examples to embed new supply chain practices

The Essential Eight: edie launches supply chain sustainability handbook

Sustainability and CSR professionals looking to implement best practice to drive sustainability into the supply chain now have access to a new 'handbook' which provides expert advice and insight to tackle eight essential areas of supply chain management.

Eddington has turned to onsite renewables, large-scale rainwater harvesting and innovative bin systems to embed sustainability into everyday living

Cambridge's 'unprecented' new district promotes best practice for sustainable development

The University of Cambridge's desire to retain staff has led to the creation of a £1bn sustainable community equipped with some of the UK's largest and most innovative sustainability features. edie speaks to project manager Heather Topel to find out if sustainability is a new selling point for residents.