Now, when referring to Sustainable Development, it is essential to talk about the three pillars that support this idea: Environment, Economy and Society. The SDGs are 17 outlined goals, though each has specific targets to achieve. Unlike the previous Millennium Development Goals, the SDGs involve all agents: the companies, the governments and the civil society, since it is understood as the only way to create a real, solid change which transforms society in all areas. Each agent of the economic ecosystem can provide one or more goals:
- Consumers, by acting responsibly and choosing brands that act towards any of the goals (remember that as a consumer, you vote every day, because every purchase is a vote).
- Companies, by implementing Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) policies to act responsibly, without harming the environment with their actions or repairing the harm that might cause. With the SDGs, the SMEs and the startups can also act.
- Governments, with favorable policies that encourage actions oriented to meet the goals, especially at an entrepreneurial level.
- Investors, by investing in projects that reduce their inherent risks thanks to the reputation of sustainability and positive impact policies.
- They are easy-to-access and free
- They can be renewed with the change of seasons and the Biosphere cycles
- They can be found in our own home and workplace and are distributed relatively equally in the land
- Defining strategies and objectives through inclusive methodologies for citizen participation
- Preparation of planning, Indicators and Verification Resources consistent with the SDGs of the 2030 agenda
- Attending the implementation and follow-up of the monitoring plans
- Evaluation and dissemination of results
“All countries want to implement the agenda, but do not know how. The challenges are obvious and cannot defer action.”
Arnau Queralt, Director of the Advisory Council for Sustainable Development of Catalonia (CADS)