“On 1 January 2016, the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development — adopted by world leaders in September 2015 at a historic UN Summit — officially came into force. Over the next fifteen years, with these new Goals that universally apply to all, countries will mobilize efforts to end all forms of poverty, fight inequalities and tackle climate change, while ensuring that no one is left behind.”
There’s something about a new year that gets us in a frame of mind for new beginnings.
When January rolls around each year, it’s a well-worn tradition for people to use it to make a fresh start. New Year’s resolutions are a kind of psychological “kick in the pants” – a set of goals to improve our lives, health, and relationships. We try to eat healthier, exercise more, shed bad habits, be kinder to our loved ones, and even give more to others in need.
Just like individuals knowing what they need to do to improve their lives, it’s no mystery what the world needs in order to be a safe and healthy place for all its inhabitants.
Hunger, disease, poverty, inequality, and climate change are real problems that affect millions of people every day. Left unchecked, they impact every single one of us.
Yet, as easy as these issues are to identify, actually solving them is not so easy. It requires a global effort, cooperation, and an understanding that everyone can play a part in moving us forward. Previous global campaigns have typically concentrated on governmental action. But in 2015, by creating the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the United Nations for the first time recognized the important role of businesses in creating change.
The 17 SDGs (sometimes called ‘The Global Goals’) are a collection of independent but interconnected goals carefully designed to give all of us on our planet a better future, with hundreds of targets and measurement indicators geared toward a date of 2030. The goals were created with businesses in mind, providing a path – what some people refer to as a “Pathway for Humanity” — for any business to harness their power by directing their efforts toward specific global objectives.
The power of small… businesses
“There’s an SDG for that.”
Each team members from Basic Bookkeepers (Australia) choose one SDG that resonates with them and connect their own KPI with the goal. So everytime they complete a project, they can give and contribute towards the goal of their choice.
“One day” is today