Do you know what are the Sustainable Development Goals of the United Nations?

In an attempt to end poverty, protect the environment and the climate and ensure that all people can enjoy peace and prosperity, the United Nations (UN) and its participants around the world are working to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Have you ever heard of them?

In 2000, the UN established the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), to be achieved by 2015. They were 8 goals in totals, of which 3 were met: halve the number of people living in extreme poverty; halve the proportion of people without access to drinking water; improve the lives of at least 100 million slum dwellers.

In 2012, at the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development Rio +20, a set of goals was established to promote sustainable development based on achieving the MDGs.

Because of these initiatives, the debate grew around issues of global interest, then in 2015 the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) were created. These targets should be achieved by the countries members between 2015 and 2030.

There are 17 integrated objectives, divided into five areas: people, planet, prosperity, peace and partnership. Together, they work as measures that make the world a better place for all of us.

The 17 SDGs

  1. No poverty;
  2. Zero hunger;
  3. Good health and well-being;
  4. Quality education;
  5. Gender equality;
  6. Clean water and sanitation;
  7. Affordable and clean energy;
  8. Decent work and economic growth;
  9. Industry, innovation and infrastructure;
  10. Reduced inequalities;
  11. Sustainable cities and communities;
  12. Responsible consumption and production;
  13. Climate Action,
  14. Life below water;
  15. Life on land;
  16. Peace, justice and strong institutions;
  17. Partnerships for the goals.

How are companies incorporating SDGs into their business?

In 2018, the World Economic Forum estimated that for the 17 SDGs to be achieved by 2030, an investment of $ 2.5 trillion would be necessary. This amount cannot be reached by the governments of the 193 countries without the private sector.

Many institutions are participating in the Global Compact, an initiative that provides guidelines through committed and innovative leaders, where the Participants and Signatories institutions are committed to aligning its strategy with the SDGs most relevant to its activities.

In Switzerland, the Global Compact Network counts with more than 190 companies engaging together. We at Hutter Products are proud to be a Participant and collaborate to achieve the sustainable goals. Our business directly acts towards:

  • GOAL 12: Responsible Consumption and Production
  • GOAL 13: Climate Change
  • GOAL 14: Life Below Water
  • GOAL 17: Partnerships to Achieve the Goals