The 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) established by the United Nations are part of a plan to target the most extreme poverty and tyranny through development, all while taking our planet into greater consideration. These SDGs are “an urgent call for action by all countries in global partnership” and represent benchmarks for a better world and environment for everyone.

Businesses can help address the environmental, social, and economic targets of the SDGs - and it doesn't have to be complicated. With more and more consumers looking to buy from sustainable brands you have plenty to gain as well.

Explore some key SDG's below and learn how your business can participate.  

PROTECT, RESTORE AND PROMOTE SUSTAINABLE USE OF TERRESTRIAL ECOSYSTEMS, SUSTAINABLY MANAGE FORESTS, COMBAT DESERTIFICATION, REVERSE LAND DEGRADATION AND HALT BIODIVERSITY LOSS

Trees provide habitat to over 80% of the world’s terrestrial biodiversity. As global forest coverage and vegetation continue to shrink due to industry, we are losing considerable biodiversity. Tree loss also impacts humans more directly; forests provide people employment, food, medicine and shelter. Eliminating deforestation, and increasing conservation and reforestation efforts are key to promoting sustainable ecosystems.

What Can Your
Business Do?

  • Support environmental organizations conserving/restoring land and waterways in your community.
  • Let suppliers know how important sustainability is to your business/use certified sustainable suppliers.
  • Reduce the printing of documents as much as possible, use recycled paper products when necessary. 

Ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all

In 2015, 29% of the world's population lacked safe drinking water, and more than 60% lacked adequate sanitation services. The targets for this goal include achieving universal and equitable access to safe drinking water. Though other measures are needed to safely manage water supplies around the world, trees are a vital part of making clean drinking water accessible to everyone around the world. 

What Can Your
Business Do?

  • Fundraise for charities or non-profit organizations providing drinking water solutions to those in need. 
  • Install 'low-flow' toilets and faucet, educate employees on best practices for conserving water.
  • Plant trees to support critical watersheds supplying water to communities and cities everywhere. 

Take urgent action to combat climate change
and its impacts

While global agreements on climate change have been made, action has lacked. Global temperatures continue to rise as greenhouse gas emissions break records year over year. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change noted that reforestation and ecosystem restoration are currently the only truly effective means of reducing greenhouse gas emissions already in the atmosphere. However, global deforestation remains a major problem. 

What Can Your
Business Do?

  • Get employees to carpool, take public transit, or walk to work (ex. offer $50 a month as an incentive).
  • Provide employees with a reusable water bottle and ban single-use plastics in the office.
  • Organize tree planting or trash clean-up events to get your employees out of the office and into nature.

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Meeting the U.N. Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) is going to take a collaborative effort between government, civil society and industry.

As a business, you can make some simple changes to start on your path to more sustainable and environmentally responsible practices, doing your part to achieve the SDG targets.

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