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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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.

Glasgow was announced as the host city for COP26

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.

The Business Barometer is open until 24 April

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.

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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.

The UN is warning that there is only a limited time left to avert the world's sixth mass extinction. Image: NPS Climate Change Response 

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

10 ways business leadership will evolve during a crucial decade for sustainability

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.

In 2018, research by UKSSD found that the UK is failing to perform on 76% of the targets under the 17 Goals

Boris Johnson urged to improve UK's SDG performance

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).

The SDG500 will focus specifically on developing nations, with a sub-focus on gender equality 

SDG500: Investors commit $500m to help developing nations achieve SDGs

A new coalition has been launched to mobilise a $500m (£380m) investment platform to help achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by targeting businesses operating in developing countries.

It is hoped that the recommendations report will drive a sense of accountability for the SDGs across corporates

Accounting bodies call for better disclosure on business SDG accountability

Leading accounting bodies have called for better corporate disclose on efforts to align reporting with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG), with a new report calling on organisations to disclose negative contributions in order to deliver change.

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Business giants spearhead new UK SDG action plan

Business giants such as Nando's, Nestle, PwC have joined forces with RSPB, WWF to launch an action plan aimed at strengthening government performance against the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by driving private sector collaboration.

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20 New Year's resolutions for sustainability professionals in 2020 and beyond

A new decade is upon us, and as the window to reverse and alleviate the climate crisis shortens, new long-term targets can provide sustainability professionals with the motivation and drive to transform their organisations into forces of good.

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A decade in review: Vote for the defining sustainability moment of the 2010s

As the 2010s draw to a close, edie has analysed the key moments and announcements that push sustainability and climate action from a niche activity to a global necessity. Cast your vote to decide which of the seven moments was most profound.

This scheme brings together cross-sector organisations to build on the UKSSD’s report Measuring up, which highlighted UK calories from healthy foods consistently cost more than unhealthy food 

Multinationals get behind SDG food drive in UK

Fresh plans to drive forward progress on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in the UK through a food programme have been supported by Nestle, Nando's, BaxterStorey, and other organisations.

The Global Goals were launched in 2015 and have received the support of more than 10,000 companies to date.

Survey: UK businesses poised to deliver on the SDGs

Three-quarters of British firms believe they have a role to play in furthering national and international progress against the UN's Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), a new survey has found.

The report is the latest in a string of publications highlighting national and business-level challenges in aligning with the SDGs 

Report: EU set to miss all 17 Sustainable Development Goals

Almost every nation within the EU is failing to deliver the amount of progress needed for the bloc to meet any of the UN's 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), with a "major" lack of progress recorded against SDG 13, Climate Action.

The WBCSD will partner with a business school in Spain, ESADE, to deliver the LEAP programme

WBCSD launches mentorship programme to develop women leaders in sustainability

The World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) has launched a new programme to help women reach senior positions in companies and lead on embedding sustainability across entire corporate strategies.

The fund will cover companies operating in four key sectors: food, urban systems, supply chains and lifestyle. Image: Credit Suisse 

Credit Suisse unveils SDG-aligned consumer fund to accelerate circular economy shift

Swiss investment bank Credit Suisse has launched a consumer fund aimed at spurring progress towards the targets of Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 12: Responsible Production and Consumption, as consumer demands for green finance grow.

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

NYC's Tesla taxis and SDG storytelling: 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.

To gain a place in the programme, startups will have to show Google their potential to help create a low-carbon, resource-efficient, more socially equal world. Image: Google

Google launches incubator for SDG-aligned startups

Google has this week launched a new "accelerator" programme for startups, aimed at supporting new firms striving to drive progress against one or more of the UN's Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

MGM Resorts employs more than 80,000 staff across 30 hospitality and leisure brands. Image: MGM Resorts

MGM Resorts unveils SDG-aligned sustainability strategy

Hotelier MGM Resorts International has published a sweeping new sustainability strategy aligned with the UN's Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) framework, after joining the UN Global Compact.

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Sustainable Business Covered podcast: In the Green Room with RELX's Marcia Balisciano

The Green Room makes its long-awaited return to the edie podcast, as content editor Matt Mace discuss Sustainable Development Goals, the evolution of CSR and the notion of fear in the climate battle with RELX's director of corporate responsibility Márcia Balisciano (MBE).

95% of Lincoln & York's staff voted in favour of the new strategy. Image: Lincoln & York

Coffee roaster Lincoln & York unveils SDG-aligned CSR strategy after staff vote

British coffee brand Lincoln & York has unveiled a sweeping new CSR strategy which aims to "deliver on as many of the UN's Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as possible", beginning with the elimination of all single-use plastics by 2024.

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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.

The two groups hope the initiative can act as a pilot for the rest of London and the UK

London Midtown businesses launch new SDG partnership

A coalition of more than 400 businesses in London's Midtown has partnered with the UK Stakeholders for Sustainable Development (UKSSD), to accelerated business contributions towards the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

 Since 2005, RJC membership has grown from 14 to more than 1,100 organisations across the jewellery value chain

Responsible Jewellery Council joins UN Global Compact to act on SDGs

The Responsible Jewellery Council has forged a new partnership with the UN Global Compact which will see members such as Swarovski, Tiffany & Co and the De Beers Group, develop actions that align and contribute to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

"Greenwashing", a lack of information and a lack of products were cited as key barriers to SDG-aligned investing

Survey: Two-thirds of UK public want their investments aligned with the SDGs

A new Government-led study on financing the progress towards the UN's Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) has found that more than two-thirds of UK investors want their portfolios to solely support projects driving progress against the 17-Goal agenda.

Images (clockwise): UN Global Compact, UN Photo/Cia Pak, Mars, UN Photo/Loey Felipe

Everything you may have missed: The sustainability success stories of the UN Climate Summit

As the week of the UN's Climate Action Summit in New York draws to a close, edie highlights the numerous new green commitments, events and announcements made by businesses.

Research suggests that the SDGs may not be achieved until 2073

Business Avengers: Corporate giants assemble to deliver SDGs

A new "Business Avengers" coalition of 17 global corporates - including Unilever, Nike and Google - worth more than $500bn in revenue has been launched to make 2020 a year of activism to highlight how businesses can amplify actions to help hit the targets of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Businesses disclosing data to WRAP have, on average, reduced their food waste footprint 7% year-on-year

UK business giants mitigate 53,000 tonnes of food waste

WRAP has today (24 September) revealed that 121 of the UK's biggest food businesses are now providing evidence of their efforts to halve food waste by 2030, in line with the UN's Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).