Sustainability is the key to a better future. At Bellwyck, we believe we have an obligation to our employees, communities and customers to operate our business sustainably. Every day, we consider the legacy we leave behind as a result of our actions and business processes. By running a sustainable business, we can effectively manage the impact our actions have on this one-and-only green and blue ball we call Earth while creating value for our customers throughout the supply chain.
As we approach Earth Day on April 22, we would like to reflect on the practice of sustainability and look at the United Nation’s 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Analyzed individually, the UN17 goals are quite eye-opening – we often equate sustainability with being “green” and “eco-friendly” but the goals go much deeper to promote a fair and equitable world, to provide a blueprint for peace and prosperity, and to create a global partnership between both developed and developing countries to provide a better planet for future generations. These goals were adopted by all United Nations Member States in 2015 to be achieved by 2030 – so the clock is ticking and there’s so much more to do.
Using the 17 SDGs as a guideline makes it easy for every individual and organization to see how they can play a role in nurturing a more sustainable world. When we all collaborate with our own unique contributions, we move closer to these all-important goals for sustainable development.
Below is a brief summary of each of the 17 goals. We will also be posting these goals on our social channels, one at a time, in the lead-up to this year’s Earth Day on Saturday, April 22. We invite you to share your own thoughts and feedback on our posts because every conversation around sustainability holds the promise of getting us closer to that 2030 goal.
The United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals
(1) No Poverty – End poverty in all its forms everywhere.
(2) Zero Hunger – End hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition, and promote sustainable agriculture.
(3) Good Health & Well-being – Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all.
(4) Quality Education – Ensure inclusive and quality education and promote lifelong learning for all.
(5) Gender Equality – Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls.
(6) Clean Water & Sanitation – Ensure access to water and sanitation for all.
(7) Affordable & Clean Energy – Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all.
(8) Decent Work & Economic Growth – Promote inclusive and sustainable economic growth, employment and decent work for all.
(9) Industry, Innovation & Infrastructure – Build resilient infrastructure, promote sustainable industrialization and foster innovation.
(10) Reduced Inequalities – Reduce inequality within and among countries.
(11) Sustainable Cities & Communities – Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable.
(12) Responsible Consumption & Production – Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns.
(13) Climate Action – Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts.
(14) Life Below Water – Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development.
(15) Life On Land – Protect, restore and promote sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems, sustainably manage forests, combat decertification, and halt and reverse land degradation and halt biodiversity loss.
(16) Peace, Justice & Strong Institutions – Promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, provide access to justice for all and build effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels.
(17) Partnerships for the Goals – Strengthen the means of implementation and revitalize the Global Partnership for Sustainable Development.
Are you looking for ways to integrate greater sustainability into your supply chain? Contact us and consult with us today.