Global risks and challenges are created by the global trends of population growth, distribution of wealth, consumption of resources and climate change. The SDGs establish clear goals at global, regional and local levels to counteract the greatest of these risks. These global changes initially exert enormous pressure on companies to adapt – however, adapting can also provide completely new fields of action and opportunities. The megatrends give companies numerous possibilities to position themselves and to contribute to sustainable development. The SDGs are not simply a political framework – they offer approaches for aligning corporate actions along the SDGs.mehr erfahren
To make the entry into the implementation of the SDGs easier for companies, the UN Global Compact and several of its partners have jointly developed various tools such as the ‘SDG Compass’ and the ‘SDG Industry Matrix’. Objective of the ‘SDG Industry Matrix’ is to provide information about measures for the attainment of the sustainable development goals and to encourage ideas on the implementation. The matrix was created in the knowledge that the opportunities for companies to contribute to a sustainable development vary from industry to industry, so it contains several publications with examples of the best and most effective possibilities for implementing the SDGs from specific industry perspectives.mehr erfahren
Classic sustainability reporting cannot be transferred to SDG reporting on a one-to-one basis. To do this, transfer steps are necessary. The ‘SDG Compass’ provides valuable orientation in this respect, because it encourages companies to continue to report in accordance with the principles of existing standards such as GRI, but it also gives additional tips on SDG-specific reporting.mehr erfahren
Support through the DGCN
The German Global Compact Network proactively promotes the Agenda 2030. This makes sense, since the Agenda is oriented on the ten principles of the UN Global Compact. In addition to the proven learning formats, such as webinars, the challenges of the SDGs are also incorporated into the daily work of the DGCN.
Sustainability goals act as a compass for new business opportunities in the economy, as does the central principle of the Global Compact ‘Act Responsibly, Do No Harm’. The integration of the SDGs into business activities thus makes it possible for an individual company to highlight its ‘business case’. In addition to this, DGCN expects the companies to tackle the potential negative effects of their business activities, since the ten principles are set down in the SDGs as an integral part of a sustainable development.
As the largest global CSR initiative, the UNGC promotes the development of a sustainable future with responsible corporate governance.