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SDG 11 Sustainable Cities and Communities

United Nations Sustainable Development Goal 11
SWR supports the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

SDG 11 Sustainable Cities and Communities is a continuation of my series on the SDGs.

“The 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) define global sustainable development priorities and aspirations for 2030 and seek to mobilize global efforts around a common set of goals and targets. The SDGs call for worldwide action among governments, business and civil society to end poverty and create a life of dignity and opportunity for all, within the boundaries of the planet.”

Goal 11: Make cities inclusive, safe, resilient, and sustainable

  • By 2030, ensure access for all to adequate, safe and affordable housing and basic services and upgrade slums
  • By 2030, provide access to safe, affordable, accessible and sustainable transport systems for all, improving road safety, notably by expanding public transport, with special attention to the needs of those in vulnerable situations, women, children, persons with disabilities and older persons
  • By 2030, enhance inclusive and sustainable urbanization and capacity for participatory, integrated and sustainable human settlement planning and management in all countries
  • Strengthen efforts to protect and safeguard the world’s cultural and natural heritage
  • By 2030, significantly reduce the number of deaths and the number of people affected and substantially decrease the direct economic losses relative to global gross domestic product caused by disasters, including water-related disasters, with a focus on protecting the poor and people in vulnerable situations
  • By 2030, reduce the adverse per capita environmental impact of cities, including by paying special attention to air quality and municipal and other waste management
  • By 2030, provide universal access to safe, inclusive and accessible, green and public spaces, in particular for women and children, older persons and persons with disabilities
  • Support positive economic, social and environmental links between urban, peri-urban and rural areas by strengthening national and regional development planning
  • By 2020, substantially increase the number of cities and human settlements adopting and implementing integrated policies and plans towards inclusion, resource efficiency, mitigation and adaptation to climate change, resilience to disasters, and develop and implement, in line with the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2030, holistic disaster risk management at all levels
  • Support least developed countries, including through financial and technical assistance, in building sustainable and resilient buildings utilizing local materials

 

Companies that include SDG 11 in their sustainability reports are Novartis, Ikea, and Ericsson.

Based in Switzerland Novartis is a global healthcare company with approximately 120,000 employees. Novartis aligns its disclosure SDG 11 with the Global Reporting Initiative G4 indicator EC7 Development and impact of infrastructure investments and services supported. Their involvement with SDG 11 includes contributing to the advancement of local healthcare infrastructure in emerging countries.

 

 

Ikea, a multinational company headquartered in the Netherlands, designs and sells furniture in over 400 retail stores across 49 countries. Its alignment with SDG 11 is represented by its research on future homes and communities to enable its customers and co-workers to live a more sustainable life.

 

Ericsson is a Swedish multinational company specializing in networking and telecommunications that has approximately 110,000 employees across 180 countries. The company has reported its alignment with SDG 11 by the connection of city buses to a mobile broadband network.

Stay tuned for SDG 12!

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SDG 10 Reduced Inequalities

United Nations Sustainable Development Goal 10
SWR supports the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

SDG 10 Reduced Inequalities is a continuation of my series on the SDGs.

“The 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) define global sustainable development priorities and aspirations for 2030 and seek to mobilize global efforts around a common set of goals and targets. The SDGs call for worldwide action among governments, business and civil society to end poverty and create a life of dignity and opportunity for all, within the boundaries of the planet.”

Goal 10: Reduce inequality within and among countries

  • By 2030, progressively achieve and sustain income growth of the bottom 40 per cent of the population at a rate higher than the national average
  • By 2030, empower and promote the social, economic and political inclusion of all, irrespective of age, sex, disability, race, ethnicity, origin, religion or economic or other status
  • Ensure equal opportunity and reduce inequalities of outcome, including by eliminating discriminatory laws, policies and practices and promoting appropriate legislation, policies and action in this regard
  • Adopt policies, especially fiscal, wage and social protection policies, and progressively achieve greater equality
  • Improve the regulation and monitoring of global financial markets and institutions and strengthen the implementation of such regulations
  • Ensure enhanced representation and voice for developing countries in decision-making in global international economic and financial institutions in order to deliver more effective, credible, accountable and legitimate institutions
  • Facilitate orderly, safe, regular and responsible migration and mobility of people, including through the implementation of planned and well-managed migration policies
  • Implement the principle of special and differential treatment for developing countries, in particular least developed countries, in accordance with World Trade Organization agreements
  • Encourage official development assistance and financial flows, including foreign direct investment, to States where the need is greatest, in particular least developed countries, African countries, small island developing States and landlocked developing countries, in accordance with their national plans and programmes
  • By 2030, reduce to less than 3 per cent the transaction costs of migrant remittances and eliminate remittance corridors with costs higher than 5 per cent

In their sustainability reports, Pearson and Ikea address SDG 10.

Pearson, a British-owned publisher and assessment service company, provides education courseware along with technological teaching and learning services. The company employs 35,000 people in 70 countries. In its sustainability report, the company highlights SDG 10 as being important to its operations. Its products are directly tied to reducing inequality by focusing on education to provide opportunities for advancement.

Ikea strives to reduce inequality by focusing on the rights of its employees and vulnerable people in society.

 

Stay tuned for SDG 11!

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SDG 9 Industry, Innovation, Infrastructure

United Nations Sustainable Development Goal 09
SWR supports the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

SDG 9 Industry, Innovation, Infrastructure is a continuation of my series on the SDGs.

“The 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) define global sustainable development priorities and aspirations for 2030 and seek to mobilize global efforts around a common set of goals and targets. The SDGs call for worldwide action among governments, business and civil society to end poverty and create a life of dignity and opportunity for all, within the boundaries of the planet.”

SDG 9 Industry, Innovation, Infrastructure

  • Develop quality, reliable, sustainable and resilient infrastructure, including regional and transborder infrastructure, to support economic development and human well-being, with a focus on affordable and equitable access for all
  • Promote inclusive and sustainable industrialization and, by 2030, significantly raise industry’s share of employment and gross domestic product, in line with national circumstances, and double its share in least developed countries
  • Increase the access of small-scale industrial and other enterprises, in particular in developing countries, to financial services, including affordable credit, and their integration into value chains and markets
  • By 2030, upgrade infrastructure and retrofit industries to make them sustainable, with increased resource-use efficiency and greater adoption of clean and environmentally sound technologies and industrial processes, with all countries taking action in accordance with their respective capabilities
  • Enhance scientific research, upgrade the technological capabilities of industrial sectors in all countries, in particular developing countries, including, by 2030, encouraging innovation and substantially increasing the number of research and development workers per 1 million people and public and private research and development spending
  • Facilitate sustainable and resilient infrastructure development in developing countries through enhanced financial, technological and technical support to African countries, least developed countries, landlocked developing countries and small island developing States 18
  • Support domestic technology development, research and innovation in developing countries, including by ensuring a conducive policy environment for, inter alia, industrial diversification and value addition to commodities
  • Significantly increase access to information and communications technology and strive to provide universal and affordable access to the Internet in least developed countries by 2020

Two companies that report on SDG 9 in their sustainability reports are Praxair and Volvo Group.

Praxair Inc., an American Fortune 300 company, produces industrial gases. In 2016, its sales totaled $10.5 million with close to 26,500 employees. It has over 1 million customers in over 50 countries.

In support of SDG 9, Praxair produces gases that are used for drinking water, wastewater, process water, and food processing.

 

Volvo Group, a Swedish multinational company, is one of the leading manufacturers of trucks, buses, construction equipment and marine and industrial engines. The company reports that it addresses SDG 9 Industry, Innovation, Infrastructure  by producing the largest bus chassis for a bus that can carry 300 passengers.

Volvo Group meets one of the SDG 9 Industry, Innovation, Infrastructure targets by providing vocational training in African countries.

The next in the SDG series is SDG 10!

 

 

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Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) and Business Opportunities

 

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Sustainability Within Reach LLC supports the Sustainable Development Goals.

Sustainable Development Goals – What are they and why are they important to businesses?

The United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) were adopted in 2015 by 193 member nations to continue the momentum of the United Nations Millennium Development Goals (MDG). In 2000, the MDGs had been adopted by 189 member nations to achieve eight measurable goals that covered decreasing child mortality to eradicating extreme poverty and hunger to promoting gender equality. The target date for achievement was 2015.

Progress was made on the MDGs, but more needs to be done! For example, extreme poverty in the world has been cut in half. There are still many challenges (e.g., substandard education, unaffordable energy, air and water pollution) that must be addressed to create a sustainable world. The adoption of the SDGs provides opportunities for businesses to work on solving these challenges. The SDGs focus on building a sustainable world with an equal emphasis on environmental sustainability, social inclusion, and economic development.

This is a people-centered development framework with active engagement from civil society organizations, citizens, scientists, academics, and the private sector from around the global. In 2015, the SDGs were launched and adopted.

The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) define global sustainable development priorities and aspirations for 2030 and seek to mobilize global efforts around a common set of goals and targets. The SDGs call for worldwide action among governments, business and civil society to end poverty and create a life of dignity and opportunity for all, within the boundaries of the planet.

One of the most interesting things about the SDGs is the opportunity for business-led solutions. The SDGs can influence the way companies communicate and report their strategies, goals, and activities. There are many benefits to incorporating the SDGs. Here are a few.

  1. Create new products or processes
  2. Enhance the value of corporate sustainability
  3. Strengthen the economic incentives for companies to use resources more efficiently
  4. Strengthen stakeholder relations
  5. Stabilize societies and markets
  6. Use a common language and shared purpose

Here are the 17 SDGs.

Goal 1. End poverty in all its forms everywhere

Goal 2. End hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture

Goal 3. Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages

Goal 4. Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all

Goal 5. Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls

Goal 6. Ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all

Goal 7. Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all

Goal 8. Promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all

Goal 9. Build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialization and foster innovation

Goal 10. Reduce inequality within and among countries

Goal 11. Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable

Goal 12. Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns

Goal 13. Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts

Goal 14. Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development

Goal 15. Protect, restore and promote sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems, sustainably manage forests, combat desertication, and halt and reverse land degradation and halt biodiversity loss

Goal 16. Promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, provide access to justice for all and build effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels

Goal 17. Strengthen the means of implementation and revitalize the global partnership for sustainable development

If this brief introduction intrigues you, read my next series of blog posts. In the series, I will showcase each SDG and an example of how a company is already incorporating it in their business. Two of the companies are Unilever and Novo Nordisk AS.

Stay tuned!!