“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 an 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.”
B1G1 and the Goals
At the UN High-Level Political Forum (HLPF) on 11-20 July 2016, UN delegates from the 193 member states gathered for the first time to review and further improve on the SDGs adopted in September 2015.
Interestingly, many of the B1G1 Members asked if they could continue giving through B1G1 AND contribute towards the SDGs. They are interested in taking part in the collective goals while counting the B1G1 impacts they are already making.
We are encouraged to know that even small businesses are now starting to see that it’s all of us working together that can actually change the future of our world together.
The Role of Businesses
One of the main differences between the SDGs and its predecessor, the Millennial Development Goals (MDGs), is the enhanced role that businesses are encouraged to play in the achievement of the goals.
The MDGs were initially formulated with the goal to address and solve extreme poverty. They involved mainly the cooperation of governments with richer countries encouraged to aid developing nations.
However, over the course of the 15 years that the MDGs were in place, the world experienced growing influence, power and impact of businesses. And as you know, it’s businesses that power the engine of economic growth around the world.
The UN acknowledged this global shift and in response, crafted the new Sustainable Development Goals and Targets with businesses in mind. The UN worked with individuals, communities, governments and businesses to formulate a set of goals that could inspire and involve all sectors and areas within a country.
What Can Businesses Do?
To support businesses, the SDG Compass was released, which serves as a guide for businesses to navigate the goals.
With the SDG Compass, you can better analyse your business functions and set up plans to align your company with the SDGs.
What’s Next for the B1G1 Community?
“At B1G1, we strive to help businesses around the world give back in meaningful ways so that they can create measurable, long-lasting impacts and an even greater sense of purpose in their businesses.
We believe that if giving was made simple, convenient and truly impactful, every person would want to give and make a positive difference in our world.”
The Sustainable Development Goals are inspiring, powerful and provide hope for the future. But at the same time, without clear direction and resources, businesses can feel lost about what they should do.
B1G1 is here to make your giving simple, convenient and impactful. We hope to use the SDGs as a source of inspiration and guidance in how we choose our projects and create value for the giving community.
And soon we’ll be adding to your B1G1 account a new way to visualise your giving impacts relating to the SDGs too.
Thank you so much for encouraging us to do more!