On September 25th 2015, all member states of the United Nations signed up to a set of Goals to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. Each Goal – 17 in total – has a set of targets and indicators to achieve by 2030.
Governments from each country are required to integrate the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), also known as the ‘Global Goals’, into their national development plans and policies as well as collect and submit data to the UN to monitor progress on achieving the Goals.
But, business, alongside civil society and citizens, have also been called on to play their part in achieving the Goals.
It is estimated that the UN Sustainable Development Goals could represent a $12 trillion economic opportunity by 2030, through transforming business models to better meet society’s needs. Meanwhile, Unilever CEO Paul Polman has described them as the “greatest economic opportunity of a lifetime”.
Momentum has been building within the business community to take action on the SDGs since their official launch in January 2016. But there’s increasing evidence those efforts could be falling short – or worse still, in some cases, amount to greenwash – due to a lack of meaningful and measurable evidence of ongoing action.
Through our accreditation with The Planet Mark™, Albus Environmental is committed to helping contribute to the Global Goals in a meaningful and measurable way both directly through measurable actions certified businesses are required to take, and indirectly through its investment in rainforest protection and sustainability education which Albus has achieved through Cool Earth.
In order to retain The Planet Mark™, certification holders must reduce their carbon footprint year-on-year, through savings in energy, waste, water, travel, and procurement.
Albus Environmental commented:
“As a holder of The Planet Mark™ we are very focussed on reducing our carbon footprint on an annual basis. The Planet Mark™ Certification falls in line with SDGs and our commitment to the business sector that we operate in.”