Sustainable Development goals of the United Nations
Sustainable Development Goals
In 2015, the United Nations General Assembly created the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). These goals define the world that the United Nations wants to create. They are intended to apply throughout the world and the intention is to ensure that no country is left behind. The 17 SDGs represent the 2030 Agenda and specifically the more positive map of the world that the United Nations seeks. From the 17 global goals, a total of 169 targets were defined by the United Nations.
Adoption of SDGs
The SDGs have received considerable backing from the international business community. With regard to sustainability reporting, 95% of reporting reviewed by the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) in 2019 acknowledged SDGs while 86% of reporting gave priority to specific SDGs. This is a clear recognition of the intent of businesses across the globe to realizing the SDGs.
We chose to publish the SDGs that we have selected in our CSR report and on our website so that they can act as a compass for our strategy, our employees, and also for our stakeholders. We are determined to demonstrate our ambition to realize many of these goals and make our contribution to ensuring a better world for everyone.
We started by identifying what we aspire to achieve and following this, we worked on completing and finalizing our materiality on Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) topics. Our aim here is to create a clear and effective tool to indicate the directions we must take in terms of the deployment of our CSR strategy. We then focused on adopting the SDGs of the United Nations that are easily recognizable and to which all of our employees and relevant stakeholders can relate. Another objective was to make our contribution to the bigger goals authentic through a materiality assessment. This involved identifying and assessing the various potential topics that are most important from the perspective of our business and our stakeholders.
We selected the goals in line with the materiality study that we carried out. From there, we focused on linking the material topics with the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI). Following this, we work at both the measurement and monitoring of targets by using Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) that need to be defined. This shows us areas where there is potential room to make a difference. Finally, we liaised closely with each of the different business units to make the final selection of goals, which we ensured were most relevant to our business.
Ultimately, Tessenderlo Group selected the following eleven SDGs:
2. ZERO HUNGER – Achieve food security and improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture.
3. GOOD HEALTH AND WELL-BEING – Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages.
4. QUALITY EDUCATION – Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all.
6. CLEAN WATER AND SANITATION – Ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all.
8. DECENT WORK AND ECONOMIC GROWTH – Promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all.
9. INDUSTRY, INNOVATION AND INFRASTRUCTURE – Build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialization.
10. REDUCED INEQUALITIES – Reduced inequality within and among countries.
11. SUSTAINABLE CITIES AND COMMUNITIES – Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient, and sustainable.
12. RESPONSIBLE CONSUMPTION AND PRODUCTION – Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns.
13. CLIMATE ACTION – Target urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts.
15. LIFE ON LAND – Protect, restore and promote sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems, sustainably manage forests, combat desertification and halt and reverse land degradation and halt biodiversity loss.