In 2015, world leaders agreed to 17 global goals for a better world by 2030. These goals have the power to end poverty, fight inequality and stop climate change, says The Global Goals website. ‘Guided by the goals, it is now up to all of us, governments, businesses, civil society and the general public to work together to build a better future for everyone.’
Employed as we are here at Syntegra with helping organisations implement sustainable energy and built environment solutions, we have decided to formally align each of our business areas to one or more of The Global Goals.
We wanted to lead by example and prove to our clients and would-be customers that we ‘walk the talk’ and are proud to play our own part in protecting the planet and supporting sustainability in all its forms.
While our business doesn’t operate in areas covered by all of the goals, we are more than happy to support the principles of each one and actively follow achievements in reaching those goals.
The 17 Global Goals:
End poverty in all its forms everywhere
End hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture.
Good Health and Well-being
Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages.
Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all.
Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls.
Clean Water and Sanitation
Ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all.
Affordable and Clean Energy
Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all.
Decent Work and Economic Growth
Promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all.
Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure
Build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialization and foster innovation.
Reduce inequality within and among countries.
Sustainable Cities and Communities
Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable.
Responsible Consumption and Production
Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns.
Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts.
Life Below Water
Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development.
Life on Land
Protect, restore and promote sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems, sustainably manage forests, combat desertification, and halt and reverse land degradation and halt biodiversity loss.
Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions
Promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, provide access to justice for all and build effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels.
Partnerships for the Goals
Strengthen the means of implementation and revitalize the global partnership for sustainable development.
Alan King, Syntegra Director, said: ‘The nature of our operations means we are very much pulling in the same direction as the Goals. As a company, we felt it was right to identify a specific target within as many of the Goals as possible for our staff to work towards.
‘Everyone here is fully supportive of all the Goals and happy for their roles to be scrutinised in line with the challenging but ultimately worthwhile targets. We’re proud of the difference we try to make every day and it feels good to know our efforts are part of a global action plan.’