THE UNITED NATIONS SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT GOALS (UN SDGs)

In September 2015, all 193 Member States of the United Nations adopted a plan for achieving a better future for all — laying out a path over the next 15 years to end extreme poverty, fight inequality and injustice, and protect the planet. At the heart of “Agenda 2030” are the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and 169 associated Targets.

Fulfilling these ambitions will take an unprecedented effort by all sectors in society — and business in particular - has a very important role to play in the process.

There is a high level of synergy between the EFQM Model and the UN's 17 Sustainable Development Goals. EFQM believes that all organisations, whether they be private, public or third sector, can benefit significantly from understanding their relationship with the UN SDGs and Targets, determining their impact on the SDGs and the impact of the SDGs on their activities. However, there is still so much untapped opportunity as the United Nations Global Compact Progress Report 2020 revealed:

  • 39% of companies surveyed believe they have targets that are sufficiently ambitious to meet the Sustainable Development Goals by 2030.
  • 33% consider their industry to be moving fast enough to deliver priority SDGs.
  • 84% of companies surveyed are taking action on SDGs but only 46% are embedding them into their core business.
  • 37% are designing business models that contribute to the SDGs.

The EFQM UN SDG Lens recognises that every organisation has its own ecosystem and context, and this makes its relationship with the UN SDGs unique. This Lens invites an organisation to examine how the SDGs impact on the organisation and how the organisation impacts on the achievement of the SDGs.

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