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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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

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

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

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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

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The number of big businesses investing in water security reached

Science and context: Inside Diageo's refreshed Water Blueprint

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Report: Global green finance levels insufficient to underpin SDGs

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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

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

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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

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Achieving the Sustainable Development Goals: A Blueprint for Business Leadership

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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

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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

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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

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

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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

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

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

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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

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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.

More than 80% of P&G's global manufacturing sites have achieved zero-waste-to-landfill status. Photo: P&G

P&G sets new package of 2030 sustainability goals

The owner of household brands such as Ariel, Gillette, Fairy, Pampers and Head & Shoulders has unveiled a new suite of 2030 sustainability targets, having achieved many of its goals for 2020.

More than 100 expert speakers will appear across four stages to provide visitors with the insight and inspiration they need to take action across all areas of sustainable development

edie Live 2018: Show programme complete as plastics and SDGs take centre stage

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Sustainability and procurement experts from manufacturing and retail firms came together to discuss the potential solutions to some of the biggest challenges in the supply chain

Supply chain roundtable: Going 'beyond audit' to drive sustainability action

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edie readers: take the 'Mission Possible' sustainability survey

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Companies will collaborate to eliminate links to deforestation by 2030 and reduce emissions and increase uptake of renewable energy

UK retail giants sign up to collaborative SDG commitment

A group of major retailers, including Ikea, Debenhams and Sainsbury's, have signed up to a series of commitments to collaboratively tackle pressing societal issues by using the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as a framework.

The report will be updated over time as new practices emerge to help businesses avoid risks of SDG

Best-practice guide for business action on SDGs launched by WWF and Gold Standard

Businesses have been urged to capitalise on the benefits of delivering against ambitious goals on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), in a report which provides a host of best-practices for business leaders to inform their strategies going forward.

 Less than a third of respondents felt that ethical practices should include stakeholder engagement outside of financial backers

Report: Majority of UK SMEs struggling to embed sustainability

Almost three-quarters of UK SMEs are struggling to embed sustainability practices, citing costs issues and unfavourable government policies as major stumbling blocks, according to a new report.

Creagh had hoped that last month’s cabinet reshuffle would shed some light on improved progress, but response was either non-existent or negative

Government's SDG implementation 'a total fail', says EAC chair

The UK Government's attempts at addressing and implementing the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) has been labelled "a total fail" by the chair of the Environmental Audit Committee (EAC) Mary Creagh.

Sixteen industry experts came together in London to discuss how to drive engagement and move from ambition to action on the SDGs

SDG roundtable: Five ways to move from ambition to action

Sustainability and corporate responsibility managers from a range of businesses across the country recently gathered in London for an exclusive roundtable hosted by edie and UL EHS Sustainability, which explored the steps required to take the lead on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

On 22-23 May 2018 at the NEC Birmingham, edie Live will help you discover your Mission Possible

Achieving Mission Possible: edie Live returns for 2018 with renewed purpose

edie Live 2018 returns to the NEC Birmingham on 22-23 May as a show with a difference. This year, the event will be tailor-made to help sustainability, energy and resource professionals achieve a sustainable future, today. This is Mission Possible.

The priorities of citizens and businesses are often misaligned, the report warns

PwC: Businesses still not meaningfully engaging with SDGs

Up to two-fifths of businesses are still failing to engage meaningfully with the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), according to new research from PwC.

The signatories are brought together under the RE-Source Platform, a coalition pushing for greater corporate sourcing of renewable energy in Europe

Corporate giants urge EU to back 35% renewables target

A coalition comprising some of the world's biggest companies has urged EU energy ministers to back a 35% target for renewable energy when they meet in Brussels next Monday (18 December).

The report found that UK businesses are leading the world on the SDGs. Photo: Global Festival of Ideas for Sustainable Development

Report: Corporate action on SDGs stalling two years on

The global business community has slowed momentum on adopting the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) over the past 12 months, according to alarming new research.

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How the SDGs can create a framework to fix a 'broken' agriculture sector

Businesses must collaborate to create global platforms that can fix a "completely broken" agriculture system in a way that improves land management and farming practices that can drag smallholders out of poverty.