On 25 September 2023, hundreds of UK organisations raise an SDG flag to show their support for the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
This September will mark eight years since the world embraced the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The SDGs, also known as the Global Goals, reflect a shared objective and ambition across all countries to end poverty and hunger everywhere, to combat inequalities within and among countries, to build peaceful, just, and inclusive societies, to protect human rights and promote gender equality of women and girls, and to ensure the lasting protection of the planet and its natural resources by 2030.
The 17 Goals are supported by 169 targets and 232 indicators, enabling progress to be prioritised and tracked.
On 25 September, RS Clare is joining hundreds of businesses, government departments, and civil society organisations in a global movement to fly an SDG flag to spread awareness of the SDGs and mobilise stakeholders for the 2030 agenda. RS Clare’s business practices are aligned to the UN’s SDGs and aspires to be a global product leader with an increasing reputation for green innovation and R&D. We have decided to focus on 3 of the SDG’s that we consider we can make the most impact in and are aligned to our business and values:
Sustainable cities and communities: the Sustainability Development Goals aim to make cities, towns and communities more sustainable and safe.
Responsible consumption and production: drives the global economy and there is a responsibility on many companies to treat natural resources carefully by adopting more energy efficient and sustainable practices.
Life below water: The sustainable use of our oceans, sea and any marine resources is essential for our existence on the planet and an ecosystem the UN’s SDGs are concerned to preserve.
In the UK, there have been some significant milestones towards the SDGs. In 2022, the UN Global Compact Network UK released Measuring Up 2.0, a multi-stakeholder report assessing the UK’s performance against the SDGs and their Targets to understand how and where businesses, government, and other organisations should focus efforts for the remainder of this decade of action.
The report found of the 132 Targets relevant to the domestic delivery of the SDGs, the UK is only performing well on 17% of them. It highlighted how persistent inequalities within and between communities in the UK mean that we continue to leave people and places behind. It is because of this that the 2030 Agenda is more important than ever, and worldwide collaboration between governments, businesses, and civil society organisations essential. With only 1 in 10 people in Britian familiar with the SDGs, raising the SDG flag this September is key to raising awareness and mobilising stakeholders for action. Join RS Clare with the global movement in championing the SDGs so together the 2030 Agenda can be achieved.