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The 17 global Sustainable Development Goals for sustainable development

Sustainable Development Goals are 17 goals to make the global economy more sustainable.

In 2015, Agenda 2023 was signed by all members of the United Nations.

Das Bild zeigt die Icons der 17 globalen Nachhaltigkeitsziele der Vereinten Nationen und eine Welt in Form eines Herzens und den Schriftzug Wirtschaftlicher Erfolg & Wohlbefinden für alle.

Progress and climate protection go hand in hand

The purpose of this agenda was and is to preserve the world as a place worth living in for all people. This ambition can only be achieved holistically, which is why there are 17 Sustainable Development Goals, the SDGs. They represent the individual starting points that must be taken into account in order to achieve the goal of a good future for us all.

The “Sustainable Development Goals Report 2023: Special Edition” describes that “Developing countries are bearing the brunt of our collective failure to invest in the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)” – Developing countries are bearing the brunt of our collective failure to invest in the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

The SDGs promote economic, environmental, social and sustainable development

Companies and organizations should be made fit for the future. By striving to achieve all 17 defined SDGs, the aim is to ensure global prosperity that works in harmony with nature.

Enabling people around the world to live in dignity while preserving the natural basis of life is a major challenge for us all. We have built our prosperity on a resource-intensive economic model and should now maintain it with a resource-conserving economic model. However, this transition is necessary because we consume the resources of several earths (World Overshoot Day) and yet only have one earth at our disposal.

Transition – future viability for companies

Even a company like Black Rock sees sustainability as an indicator for assessing the value of the company.

The 17 SDGs help companies to move towards sustainability step by step. There are often a lot of adjustments that can be made easily and directly. In most cases, this not only makes it easy to implement sustainability in a company, but also saves costs immediately.

This means that sustainability measures, such as those required for sustainability reporting, are not only a new business challenge, but also an opportunity to increase and stabilize sales and profits.

The 17 global sustainability goals

  • Goal 1 End poverty in all its forms and everywhere
  • Goal 2 Secure food worldwide
  • Goal 3 Health and well-being
  • Goal 4 Quality education worldwide
  • Goal 5 Equality between women and men
  • Goal 6 Sufficient water of the best quality
  • Goal 7 Affordable and clean energy
  • Goal 8 Sustainable management as an opportunity for all
  • Goal 9 Industry, innovation and infrastructure
  • Goal 10 Less inequality
  • Goal 11 Sustainable cities and communities
  • Goal 12 Sustainable production and consumption
  • Goal 13 Implement climate protection worldwide
  • Goal 14 Protect life under water
  • Goal 15 Life on land
  • Goal 16 Promote strong and transparent institutions
  • Goal 17 Global partnership

What can I do to make my company more sustainable?

The 17 SDGs are a very good guideline that can be used to analyze your own company.

Companies that already operate sustainably show how sustainability can be implemented in practice.

Take a look at the K-Apart Hotel & Boardinhaus Hürth and the City Aparthotel Munich to. Both companies have made the sustainability transition.