How Organisations Can Achieve Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)
Published by Anova,
22 September 2023
The United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are not just a global aspiration; they are a call to action for organisations of all sizes and industries. Whether you're a small startup or a multinational corporation, your business can play a pivotal role in achieving these ambitious goals. So, let's embark on a journey together and explore how your organisation can make a meaningful impact on the path to 2030.
1. Get to Know the SDGs
Our journey begins with understanding. The SDGs consist of 17 interconnected goals that address diverse global challenges. From ending poverty and hunger to promoting clean energy and reducing inequality, these goals cover a wide spectrum of issues that impact people and the planet.
If you're new to the SDGs, take some time to familiarise yourself and your team with each goal's objectives with the list below. The UN website is a valuable resource for in-depth information on each goal.
2. Identify Your Alignment
Not every goal will be equally relevant to your organisation's mission and operations. It's crucial to identify which SDGs resonate most with your values, products, and services. For instance, a tech company might prioritise goals related to responsible consumption, clean energy, or digital access.
3. Set Clear Objectives
Once you've identified the most relevant SDGs, set clear and measurable objectives. What specific actions can your organisation take to contribute to these goals? Define your goals in a way that aligns with your business's strengths and capabilities.
4. Engage Your Team and Stakeholders
Achieving the SDGs is a collaborative effort. Engage your employees, customers, suppliers, and other stakeholders in the process. Seek their input, listen to their ideas, and foster a sense of shared purpose and responsibility.
5. Integrate the SDGs into Your Strategy
It's not enough to treat the SDGs as a standalone initiative. Embed them into your organisational strategy. Ensure that they are reflected in your mission statement, values, and long-term plans.
6. Measure and Report Progress
Establish key performance indicators (KPIs) to track your progress. Regularly measure and report on your organisation's efforts and impact related to the SDGs. Transparency is key to building trust with stakeholders.
7. Communicate Your Commitment & Celebrate Milestones
It's crucial to share your progress and successes to demonstrate your organisation's commitment to the SDGs. By doing so, you not only inspire others but also attract like-minded partners and customers who share your values. Additionally, don't forget to celebrate your achievements along the way; this recognition can significantly boost morale and serve as a powerful reminder of your organisation's dedication to these global goals.
How Anova Can Support Your SDG Journey
As organisations chart their course towards the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), they often seek tools and solutions that can facilitate their progress. This is where Anova, a workplace wellbeing and employee survey platform, steps in to provide invaluable support. Here's how Anova can be your partner on your SDG journey:
Employee Wellbeing Surveys
At the heart of any organisation's sustainability journey are its employees. Anova offers a comprehensive employee wellbeing survey platform that enables you to gauge the wellbeing and engagement levels of your workforce. This data can help you identify areas where your organisation can make meaningful changes to promote employee wellbeing.
Social Responsibility Evaluation
Anova facilitates the evaluation of social responsibility by capturing employee feedback on workplace culture, diversity and inclusion initiatives, fair compensation practices, and employee wellbeing programs. Understand how your organisation is perceived by its workforce and identify opportunities to create a positive and inclusive environment.
Governance Practices Enhancement
Anova's comprehensive survey capabilities extend to governance practices. Gather valuable insights on leadership transparency, ethical decision-making processes, and perceptions of board diversity. Use this data to identify gaps and improve corporate governance structures, fostering greater trust and accountability within your organisation.
Reporting and Transparency
Transparency is key in demonstrating your commitment to the SDGs. Anova can support you in reporting and communicating your progress and achievements to stakeholders, reinforcing your organisation's dedication to sustainability (Goal 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production).
By leveraging the capabilities of Anova's workplace wellbeing and employee engagement survey platform, your organisation can not only enhance employee satisfaction and productivity but also make significant strides toward contributing to the SDGs.