In September 2015, an ambitious universal plan of action was launched to frame United Nations (UN) member states' agendas and political policies around sustainable development over the next 15 years: UN's Transforming our world: the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
The plan encompasses 17 Global Goals for Sustainable Development, commonly called Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and 169 actionable targets for the next 15 years to end poverty, fight inequality and injustice, and tackle climate change by 2030.
While there has been significant progress in meeting many development challenges over the past generation, our world still faces immense challenges that the UN has reaffirmed in their 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development Declaration ('our world today').
Contributing to the SDGs
Reaching these goals will take everyone’s contribution, including government, civil society and business. We are working with our clients and leading organizations - with the SDGs as a framework - to address sustainable development.
At ERM, we contribute to SDGs in three ways within our value chain. This is through:
- The ERM Foundation;
- Our operations, and
- Our consulting services with clients and other leading organizations.
Focusing on the SDG targets and indicators, in-keeping with evolving best practices, will be the most effective and measurable way for ERM to support the SDGs.
Read more in our 2017 Sustainability Report
ERM Foundation and the SDGs
The ERM Foundation tracks the inputs (i.e., grant funding and professional pro bono support) and outputs of each project in alignment with SDG targets. In the year ahead, we will also start to measure project outcomes within this framework. This enables us more effectively to understand and demonstrate the impact of our work.
Read more in the 2017 ERM Foundation Annual Review
Watch a short film about the ERM Foundation’s response to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)