Which ISO standards can help your organisation achieve the 17 sustainable development goals?

More and more organisations are discovering that a sustainability policy and profitable growth really do go hand in hand. In order to shape their sustainability policies, they are increasingly turning to the 17 Sustainable Development Goals laid out by the United Nations. ISO standards are a handy tool that can be used to translate these goals into concrete plans of action.

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What are the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)?

At the end of 2015, the 193 UN member states approved an ambitious plan of action to replace the Millennium Development Goals. The objective: a world in which an even better balance is achieved between environmental, social and economic needs. These 17 Sustainable Development Goals (or SDGs) in five fields seek to create a better world by 2030.

 

 

Why implement the SDGs?

  • Government: human rights, water and energy efficiency, public health and other policy areas are interpreted based on sustainability. In addition, the SDGs encourage authorities to deliver on national and international commitments.
  • Industry: from health and safety at work and energy consumption to a future-oriented and environmentally-friendly infrastructure, all industries benefit. Thanks to the SDGs, you can meet the social expectations of your stakeholders and boost your reputation.
  • SMEs: companies are increasingly requiring their suppliers to operate sustainably, whereas consumers prefer to buy from sustainable companies and a sustainable image makes you more attractive on the labour market. SMEs that link their policies to the SDGs increase their clout considerably.

What is the link between SDGs and ISO standards?

Translating ambitions into concrete knowledge and plans of action is no easy undertaking. Because there are no practical guidelines, many organisations support the SDGs without having measurable goals. Sometimes this inevitably results in vague promises and greenwashing. ISO standards provide a way out.