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The United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals

Introducing the United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals. In this short article, Gail Tutcher explains how the EFQM Model is linked to UN SDGs.
The logo for the UN SDGs. The words Sustainable Development Goals are shown in blue. The O of Goals is divided into 17 segments of different colours.

You have already discovered that the EFQM Model is based on a set of values that define ethical business practices. During the consultation for the latest revision to the EFQM Model, we found that many organisations wanted to see a link with the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals too. So what are the Goals?

In 2015, all member countries of the United Nations agreed to work together to bring peace and prosperity to the planet. This commitment is described in 17 goals to reduce poverty and inequality, to improve health and education, and to protect the planet.

  1. No poverty
  2. Zero hunger
  3. Good health and well-being
  4. Quality education
  5. Gender equality
  6. Clean water and sanitation
  7. Affordable and clean energy
  8. Decent work and economic growth
  9. Industry, innovation and infrastructure
  10. Reduced inequalities
  11. Sustainable cities and communities
  12. Responsible consumption and production
  13. Climate action
  14. Life below water
  15. Life on land
  16. Peace, justice and strong institutions
  17. Partnerships for the goals

The EFQM Model expects an organisation to consider how it is contributing towards the 17 Goals.

Your task

Look at the UN website to find out more about each of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals.

What is your organisation doing to support the Goals?

As an individual you can also make a positive contribution towards some of them. Which goals are you supporting personally?

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