What are the 17 Sustainable Development Goals?

6 apr. 2022 @ 13:08

What are the 17 Sustainable Development Goals?

The UN has introduced 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). But what are the 17 SDGs and why are the SDGs so important? In this Greenjobs.nl blog we explain the 17 Sustainable Development Goals!

The 17 Sunstainable Developement Goals (SDG's)

The 193 countries that are members of the United Nations (UN) have agreed 17 global goals for sustainable development to tackle the major climate problem. The core of the Sustainable Development Goals, or Sustainable Development Goals, are to end extreme poverty, inequality, injustice and climate change. The Sustainable Development Goals are extremely important as they contribute to a better future and a liveable world, also for future generations.

Prior to the SDGs, the Millennium Development Goals served. These Millennium Development Goals were subdivided into eight concrete goals and focused mainly on aid from rich to poor countries. This differs from the SDGs, which go a step further. Instead of just talking about aid from rich to poor countries, the development agenda now applies to all countries. The goals form a global compass for challenges such as the climate crisis, inequality and injustice. The situation is different in every country, but these global goals apply to all countries and all people. In addition, countries themselves also work on their own goals and where possible contribute to the (overarching) goals of other countries. The idea behind the global goals is that no one is left behind and that everyone should have the opportunity to build a better future and tackle the major climate problem.

The SDGs can be divided into five major themes: people, planet, prosperity, peace and partnership. Seventeen different goals fall under these themes, you can read more about them via the links:

1. No poverty.

2. No hunger.

3. Good health and well-being.

4. Quality education.

5. Gender equality

6. Clean water and sanitation.

7. Affordable and sustainable energy.

8. Decent work and economic growth.

9. Industry, innovation and infrastructure.

10. Reduce inequality.

11. Sustainable cities and communities.

12. Responsible production and consumption.

13. Climate Action.

14. Life in the water.

15. Life on the land.

16. Peace, justice and strong public services.

17. Partnership to achieve goals.

How Greenjobs.nl contributes to the SDG's

Greenjobs.nl also contributes to the Sustainable Development Goals, so we are committed to the following goals:

Goal 1 - No Poverty

By helping as much as people to find a (sustainable) job and provide people with an income Greenjobs.nl helps fight poverty.

Goal 5 – Gender neutrality

Greenjobs.nl makes no distinction between men and women and gives everyone the same, equal opportunities. We do this by applying anonymously. Read the blog why Greenjobs.nl thinks this is so important! Greenjobs.nl also has gender neutral toilets in the office.

Goal 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth

With the job bank Greenjobs.nl wants to help as many people as possible to find a new job with a positive impact that contributes to a better environment and society, good for people and animals. And don't forget the economy!

Goal 10 - Reduce Inequality

Greenjobs.nl stimulates more diversity and inclusion on the working floor and figths discrimination. By offering anonymous applying on Greenjobs.nl we want to offer people a better chance in getting a job a decrease discrimination when applying. Furthermore Greenjobs.nl is part of the B Corp working group JEDI, a working group that provides more information by offering webinars and sharing information about Justice, Equity, Diversity & Inclusion on the working floor. With these initiatives and working group we help to reduce inequality.

Goal 12 – Responsible production and consumption

Greenjobs.nl produces and consumes sustainably by using sustainable paper and by recycling waste. Greenjobs.nl also uses second-hand furniture in the office. In the FAQ Greenjobs.nl explains even better why we are a sustainable company!

Goal 13 – Climate Action

Greenjobs.nl contributes to climate action by organizing a monthly clean-up. In this, Team Greenjobs.nl goes to different places to clean up waste. Did you know that we from Greenjobs.nl and The Sustainable Recruiter participated in the climate march?

Goal 17 - Partnership to achieve goals

We can't do it alone, and we're very aware of it. That's precicely the reason why Greenjobs.nl has many partnerships with other (sustainable) organisations and join initiatives to inform more people about sustainability in general and more specific about sustainable jobs and a career. That's why you will find a lot of other organisations in the blogs on Greenjobs.nl. Furthermore Greenjobs.nl is an active member of the B Corp community and is part of many collaborations with other B Corps to be able to work on a more sustainable planet, beneffiting all. 

Greenjobs.nl hopes that this blog will give you a better understanding of what the Sustainable Development Goals are and why they are so important! Hopefully you have been inspired to use these global goals in your organization as well.

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