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Transforming Your Organisation with the UN SDGs

Explore the importance of the UN SDGs and learn how to implement them in your organisation to create a brighter future.

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  • Duration

    4 weeks
  • Weekly study

    3 hours

Discover what the UN SDGs are and why they matter

Sustainability is high on the agenda for many organisations but knowing where to start to make meaningful impacts can be challenging.

On this four-week course from the European Foundation for Quality Management (EFQM), you’ll explore the background, importance, and nature of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. With this knowledge, you’ll learn how you can assess your organisation against the UN SDGs and make positive changes in your workplace.

Create an action plan to turn your organisation into a green business

On this course, you’ll have access to case studies that showcase sustainable organisations. You’ll be able to study their efforts and receive valuable guidance on implementing the UN SDGs within your own business and everyday life.

Through this course, you’ll learn how to create an action plan that reduces the negative impact you and your organisation have on the planet and global community.

Measure your organisation’s sustainability progress

While implementing a sustainability action plan is a huge step in reducing your impact, it can be difficult to measure and sustain your progress.

EFQM will provide you with a highly developed assessment tool to measure your organisation’s current performance in implementing the UN SDGs. This will allow you to assess your development and ensure your goals are met.

Build toward a greener future with EFQM

EFQM has encouraged ethical business practices for over 30 years and has a wealth of expertise in improving organisations.

With their history of success in sustainable business and their world-class assessment model, EFQM is well placed to help you and your organisation create a greener tomorrow.


  • Week 1

    The importance of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (UN SDGs)

    • Introduction to the course

      Introduction to the course and why the SDGs are important.

    • The background to the UN SDGs

      Find out the how the Sustainable Development Goals were developed and why they are important.

  • Week 2

    Understanding and prioritising the Goals

    • Goals, targets and indicators

      Explore the structure behind the UN SDGs and learn how to identify relevant targets for your organisation.

    • Prioritising the Goals

      Learn how to decide which of the 17 UN SDGs are most important for your organisation.

    • Communicating the priority Goals

      Learn why it is important to communicate the organisation's priority areas. Gain some ideas for ways to explain the priorities to employees.

  • Week 3

    Assessing your organisation's maturity against the UN SDGs

    • Assessing your organisation

      Learn about EFQM's SDG assessment tools. Use one of the tools to assess how well your own organisation is supporting the SDGs.

    • Measuring your progress

      Learn how to track your progress against the SDGs and your own priorities.

  • Week 4

    Taking action

    • Identifying actions

      Introducing the content for week 4. Gain further inspiration from Ricoh.

    • Managing with RADAR

      Use EFQM's RADAR approach to manage your projects successfully.

    • Maintaining momentum

      Pick up some ideas for keeping up your organisation's progress with the SDGs.

    • End of course reflections

      As you reach the end of the course, it's time to reflect on what you have learned and to think about how you will use it.

Learning on this course

On every step of the course you can meet other learners, share your ideas and join in with active discussions in the comments.

What will you achieve?

By the end of the course, you‘ll be able to...

  • Explain the importance of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals
  • Identify which Goals are the most relevant to you and to your organisation
  • Assess your organisation’s progress against the Goals using an assessment tool based on the EFQM Model
  • Develop a draft action plan for embedding the UN SDG principles into your organisation’s way of working

Who is the course for?

This course is designed for anyone responsible for sustainability, sustainable development, or ESG in their organisation.

It will also be appealing to those interested in the UN SDGs, sustainability, or making the world a better place.

Who will you learn with?

An independent management consultant with international experience and a strong connection with EFQM over many years in different roles. Currently acting as an Advisor for a project linked to UN SDGs

Gail is EFQM's Director of Training. Since 1994 she has been training and supporting organisations to use the EFQM Model and RADAR throughout Europe, the Middle East, Asia, South Africa and the USA.

Who developed the course?


EFQM is an innovative, not-for-profit organisation, fusing data-driven insights, curated learning and development and networking opportunities for organisations and individuals worldwide.

Learning on FutureLearn

Your learning, your rules

  • Courses are split into weeks, activities, and steps to help you keep track of your learning
  • Learn through a mix of bite-sized videos, long- and short-form articles, audio, and practical activities
  • Stay motivated by using the Progress page to keep track of your step completion and assessment scores

Join a global classroom

  • Experience the power of social learning, and get inspired by an international network of learners
  • Share ideas with your peers and course educators on every step of the course
  • Join the conversation by reading, @ing, liking, bookmarking, and replying to comments from others

Map your progress

  • As you work through the course, use notifications and the Progress page to guide your learning
  • Whenever you’re ready, mark each step as complete, you’re in control
  • Complete 90% of course steps and all of the assessments to earn your certificate

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