Sustainable Development Goals

SBC has aligned its work to the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals for 2030.

sustainability development goals

There are 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) goals, which lay out a clear vision for a sustainable future and will shape a new era for business.

They are a call to action to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure that all people enjoy peace and prosperity and were developed by the United Nations, with input from the international business community.

The Wellbeing approach taken by the current Government, together with the Living Standards Framework and the development of Indicators Aotearoa will provide a holistic, integrated approach to achieving sustainable development. It is aligned to the SDGs and focused on improving the wellbeing and living standards of all New Zealanders.

A number of SBC members are leading the way with their alignment to the goals, including Sanford, Westpac and Vector.

SBC encourages all of its members to include the SDGs in their sustainability planning and strategy. This helps them understand the role they can play in reducing poverty, protecting the planet and ensuring prosperity for the long-term.

Abbie Reynolds spoke to the United Nations High-Level Political Forum on 17 July about the contribution New Zealand businesses have made towards achieving the Sustainable Development Goals.

Steps you can take

Source: SDG Compass (WBCSD)

More information

Getting started

CEO Guide to the SDGs (WBCSD)

SDG Compass (WBCSD)

Workshop: (How to) Push Go on the Global Goals (Nov 2017)

Moving beyond mapping

Taking NZ business achievements to a global stage (Jul 2019)

Workshop: SDGs - Moving Beyond Mapping (Nov 2018)

What do the Sustainable Development Goals mean for business? (Nov 2018)

Carbon and the Sustainable Development Goals agenda (Apr 2018)

Good practice examples

Stuff series profiling how SBC members are using the Sustainable Development Goals (2017 - 2018)

Guides and reports

Integrating the SDGs into Corporate Reporting: A Practical Guide (GRI and UNGC)

How to report on the SDGs (KPMG)

Business Reporting on the SDGs: An Analysis of the Goals and Targets (GRI and UNGC) (PDF)

In Focus: Addressing Investor Needs in Business Reporting on the SDGs (GRI and UNGC)

SDGs, integrated thinking and the integrated report (IIRC, ICAS)

SDG leadership series (Global Scan)

Key Takeaways for Business from UN General Assembly Week 2018 (PDF, Oct 2018)

Useful groups

SDG Business Hub (WBCSD) - how WBCSD's work program contributes to helping achieve the SDGs

> Also see the WBCSD’s Good Life Goals

World Benchmarking Alliance

UNDP's SDG Impact Initiative

To see what goals SBC is working towards in its programme, please see our annual snapshot.