The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are a set of 17 goals put forth by the United Nations in 2015, which address some of the most profound challenges we face as a global community. They are becoming an increasingly important theme of our time and, as it goes, more and more organizations seek to align their strategies with the SDGs and implement them into their decision making. Some have started with this, some haven’t, and some are struggling. This is a list of considerations that you might find useful when dealing with the SDGs:
The SDGs are great, because they give a face to ‘sustainability’, a term that often seems vague and that is difficult to define and narrow down. They create a ‘common language’. But we want more than this, we want to accomplish the SDGs and make them a reality. To do so, we must take the SDGs for what they are and we must understand them deeply. We must apply them cautiously and thoroughly, and communicate how we do so transparently.