There are several ways that organizations can take action to advance the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs or Global Goals). Here are five areas for action:
- Educate yourself and your Team on the Sustainable Development Goals with the videos posted on the “Learn” tab. See also two Textile Exchange general presentations for background: “SDG Introductory Presentation” and “Textile Exchange Presentation II.” See also The Global Compact’s “SDGs Explained for Business.”
- In order to make the business case for engagement, see the following two reports: The Business and Sustainable Development Commission’s Better Business, Better World report, and the University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership’s Towards a sustainable economy The commercial imperative for business to deliver the UN Sustainable Development Goals.
- An article by Bhaskar Chakravorti in Harvard Business Review on “How Companies Can Champion Sustainable Development” offers great practical advice for engagement.
- Map your organization’s existing initiatives to the SDGs and prioritize areas of focus. In addition to the information listed under SDG Resources which has been compiled to show that many existing industry initiatives advance the themes underlying the SDGs, a helpful guide for mapping is the “SDG Compass Guide.”
- Communicate to your value chain of your SDG commitment. Examples of supply chain projects include: Heineken’s Supply Chain. Mars’ Sustainable in a Generation, Walmart’s Gigaton Project and Cargill’s Ocean Shipping Project.
- Communication materials, including the SDG Guidelines and SDG icons, are available from the UN and at GlobalGoals.org.
ENGAGE & REPORT
- Engage your internal teams to set SDG Targets and identify Indicators for reporting progress on the SDGs. For reference, please see “Global Reporting Initiative’s Reporting on the SDGs,” “ICAS’ The Sustainable Development Goals, integrated thinking and the integrated report. Examples of SDG reporting,” and “KPMG’s How to Report on the SDGs.”
- For additional information, read SDGFunders.org article, “How 17 Companies Are Tackling Sustainable Development Goals (and Your Company Can, Too)“
BENCHMARK & STANDARDS
- Textile Exchange also encourages companies to consider participating in Textile Exchange’s benchmarking program to evaluate not only their preferred fiber and material usage and its direct SDG impacts but also their corporate responsibility implementation. For additional information, please view our Benchmark Framework.
- Many of Textile Exchange’s standards also advance various SDG targets, including SDG 2 (promoting sustainable agriculture), SDG 12 (responsible consumption and production) and SDG 15 (land management). A 2017 report by iSeal makes the business case for how sustainability standards can help advance the SDGs.