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The global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are defined by the United Nations as “a universal call to action to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure that all people enjoy peace and prosperity”. There are 17 goals covering every aspect of living and working in the 21st century.

The Green Consultancy can provide you with whatever support you may need to improve your organisation by using SDGs and demonstrating leadership in this vital area, as outlined below.

Put us to the test NOW! To discuss your requirements, or request the resources mentioned, please call John Treble on 01761 419081 or email John@GreenConsultancy.com


How will the public view your adoption of SDGs?

In 2015, PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) carried out a survey of citizen’s attitudes to SDGs and found:

  • 90% believe it’s important for businesses to sign up to the SDGs
  • 78% said they would change their buying behaviour because of SDGs

So it is obviously beneficial to demonstrate leadership in sustainability.

Top SDGs impacts for 10 industry sectors

PwC also asked businesses to rank the five SDGs most relevant to their sector and value chain. The results are illustrated below.

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Applying the SDGs to your business

The aim is NOT to cherry pick which SDGs you want to adopt but determine how each is applicable and set priorities for your business accordingly.

Our SDG Appraisal Guide gives a complete set of questions to help you to determine how best to apply the SDGs to your organisation.

We will be pleased to send you copies of our SDG Appraisal Guide, the PwC SDG Engagement Survey and the United Nation’s SDG Compass Guide. The following steps are based on the Compass Guide.

Step 1 - Understanding the SDGs

Obviously, some goals will be more relevant to your business than others, so the first step is to scope out to what extent each SDG is relevant to your business mission and operational model.

Step 2 - Defining priorities

Use our SDG Appraisal Guide to work out where your biggest risks and opportunities lie in relation to the SDGs. This will help you to define priorities based on the positive and negative, current and potential, impact of the SDGs across your products/services, on-site operations and value chain

Step 3 - Setting goals

Once you’ve appraised risks and opportunities to set priorities, the next step is to work out how you can best align goals and strategic objectives with the most relevant SDGs for your organisation. What are you already doing to demonstrate leadership in sustainability and what more could be done to enhance operational performance in relation to your SDG priorities?

Step 4 – Integrating sustainability into core business and governance

If you already have certification to ISOs 9000, 14001 and 50001 and have an established Corporate Responsibility strategy, the chances are you’re well on the way to meeting your SDG priorities. If you’re required by Government to produce a mandatory non-financial annual report you may also be on track towards meeting your SDG goals by embedding sustainable development targets across all functions within your business.

If not, but key clients and shareholders are asking increasingly searching questions about what your business is doing about socio-environmental issues in relation to economic viability you may need some help. Use our SDG Appraisal Guide to work out what kind of support you may need, and then call us for an initial discussion.

To pursue shared objectives, or address systemic challenges, companies increasingly engage in partnerships across the value chain, within their sector or with governments and civil society organisations. We can help you put together a strategy for doing this.

Step 5 - Reporting and communicating

The SDGs enable companies to report information on sustainability performance using common metrics/key performance indicators (KPIs) and shared priorities. The Compass Guide encourages organisations to build the SDGs into their communication and reporting with stakeholders.

The Green Consultancy can provide you with whatever support you may need to improve your organisation by using SDGs and demonstrating leadership in this vital area.

Put us to the test NOW! To discuss your requirements, or request the resources mentioned, please call John Treble on 01761 419081 or email John@GreenConsultancy.com

John Treble

Put us to the test NOW!

For over twenty five years we have been delivering superior outcomes for thousands of commercial, industrial and public-sector clients.

You need not take our word for it – hundreds of their comments are at the foot of these pages.

To discuss your requirements please call John Treble on 01761 419081 or email

John@GreenConsultancy.com

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"The Green Consultancy has provided a great stimulus to our Environmental strategy and clear direction as to the steps we need to take to progress it.  The consultant was professional, but approachable and took a practical approach in giving his recommendations to how we can make an EMS work at low cost and in harmony with our customers and suppliers."

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The Green Consultancy and The British Standards Institute

The Green Consultancy is an associate consultancy of The British Standards Institute (BSI) and provides consultancy support, training and monitoring on all energy and environmental management system standards and all energy/carbon reduction standards – such as ISO 14001, BS8555, ISO 50001, BSI Energy Reduction Verification Kitemark and the Carbon Trust Standard.