The UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are a universal call to action to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure that all people enjoy peace and prosperity by 2030. The goals are interconnected – often the key to success on one will involve tackling issues more commonly associated with another.
The SDGs call on the private sector to embrace sustainable development through the investments they make, the solutions they develop, and the business practices they adopt. In doing so, the goals encourage companies to reduce their negative impacts while enhancing their positive contribution to the sustainable development agenda.
The SDG Leadership Programme at CERB recognizes 9 industry leaders that are championing SDGs that are relevant to business. Through webinars, workshops, and awareness events we share best practices, and train companies on how they can contribute and report on particular SDG targets.
Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages. A healthy business depends on healthy, productive workers and thriving consumers.
Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all. Education is fundamental to the development of future workforces. It supports higher levels of productivity, adaptability and innovation.
Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls. Promoting gender diversity and equality is key to retaining the best talent.
Ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all. Effective use of water can enable a better management of the risks many sectors in Pakistan face in relation to quality and availability of water.
Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all. Opting for Smarter energy management approaches in order to make them more resilient to price fluctuation and intermittent availability to future proof your business.
Promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all. Creating decent jobs is fundamental to economic growth and sustainable development enabled by protecting human rights and reducing workplace injuries, employing people with disabilities and encouraging supplier diversity.
Build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialisation and foster innovation. Visioning the future requires incorporating innovative business models which understand disruptive technologies and reduce the inefficiencies in transport and building infrastructure.
Reduce inequalities within and among countries. Ensuring equal opportunity and reduce inequalities of outcome, including by eliminating discriminatory laws, policies and practices and promoting appropriate legislation, policies and action to make certain that everyone of every race, creed and gender has equal opportunities.
Ensure responsible consumption and production patterns. Increasing resource efficiency to combat the impacts of rising scarcity will require businesses to transform and can help a company reduce its cost base and reduce risks associated with security of supply and price volatility, supporting sustainable growth in the medium to longer term.
Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts. Climate change is already impacting Pakistan and if unmitigated, climate impacts will continue to increase the cost of doing business.