The United Nations (UN) have developed a total of 17 Sustainable Development Goals, also known as Global Goals or SDGs. These goals are a universal call to ‘address and end poverty, protect the planet and ensure that all people enjoy peace and prosperity.’ With the recent surge in the plight of the planet, the goals could not have come at a better time. These goals aim to unite the world in finding solutions which will enable us and our future generations to live on a planet that does not look like scenes from a doomsday, post-apocalyptic movie.
Each sustainable development goal has a specific objective and target. The goals cover a range of topics including climate change, economic inequality, innovation, sustainable consumption, peace and justice. The UNDP website emphasises the importance of the relationship between the individual goals ‘The goals are interconnected – often the key to success on one will involve tackling issues more commonly associated with another.’
If you are not familiar with the SDGs it can be very daunting to understand how to tackle the goals. If you are a micro or small business you probably don’t have the resources to allocate and play your part in meeting the UN’s SDGs, or you might think ‘it’s not for you’. However, in order to achieve the 17 goals, we all have a part to play. The world is rapidly changing, so for a business to thrive in the future it will have to start thinking more consciously and make a shift to sustainable business management very quickly.
So how do you fit in? As Smart Money Green Planet was started as a means to share with businesses how they can contribute and do what is good for the planet, I’ve decided to write blogs for each of the 17 goals. Over the coming weeks, you will find a new blog on the SDGs. These blogs will hopefully kickstart your journey to becoming a more sustainable business, or as I like to say, be a sustainable boss. For every positive change that you make, even a small one, the impact is big.