by Isabelle Linden
September 25, 2023

LOOK UP: UN SDGs Flag flying high @etsaW HQ!

Today marks the 8th anniversary of the adoption of the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Over 650 flags will fly across the UK in a global movement working #TogetherForTheSDGs and etsaW Ventures is proudly taking part!

The SDGs call for worldwide collaboration between governments, businesses, and civil society to deliver a powerful vision for improving our world by 2030. With only 1 in 10 people in Britain familiar with the SDGs, raising the SDG flag this September is key to raising awareness and mobilising stakeholders for action.

What are the Global Goals?

The SDGs reflect a shared objective and ambition across all countries to end poverty and hunger everywhere, to combat inequalities within and among countries, to build peaceful, just, and inclusive societies, to protect human rights and promote gender equality of women and girls, and to ensure the lasting protection of the planet and its natural resources by 2030. The 17 Goals are supported by 169 targets and 232 indicators, enabling progress to be prioritised and tracked.

How is etsaW Ventures embracing them?

At etsaW Ventures, we have our eyes strongly set on the Global Goals, with every action taken within our business aimed at supporting them. The Goals are fully embedded within our working practices - from business case writing to new tech assessment, to out-of-the-box collaboration and delivery, to the way we set up even our new office space! Everything is geared up towards maximum impact for the Global Goals and we constantly challenge ourselves to find new innovative ways to go faster. We are enablers of circular technology in material and waste innovation. With every new climate tech solution we build, we repurpose waste, reduce toxic processes, create planet positive materials and reduce carbon emission.

How are we doing so far as a society?

In the UK, there have been some significant milestones towards the SDGs. In 2022, the UN Global Compact Network UK released Measuring Up 2.0, a multi-stakeholder report assessing the UK's performance against the SDGs and their Targets to understand how and where businesses, government, and other organisations should focus efforts for the remainder of this decade of action. The report found of the 132 Targets relevant to the domestic delivery of the SDGs, the UK is only performing well on 17% of them. It highlighted how persistent inequalities within and between communities in the UK mean that we continue to leave people and places behind. It is because of this. that the 2030 Agenda is more important than ever, and worldwide collaboration between governments, businesses, and civil society organisations essential.

Want to get involved?

  • Visit the UN Global Compact’s SDG Tools and Resources page for more guidance and resources to further align and scale up action for the SDGs.
  • Turn ambition into action by utilising the SDG Ambition Benchmarks in your organisation. Focused on the areas of the SDGs where the private sector could have the greatest impact, the 12 Benchmarks include clear pathways and sample actions for companies to take.
  • Find out more about joining the UN Global Compact Network UK for further opportunities to connect with others taking action on the Goals.

Join the global movement in championing the SDGs so together the 2030 Agenda can be achieved!