The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are a universal call to action to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure that all people enjoy peace and prosperity. The SDGs work in the spirit of partnership and pragmatism to improve life for future generations, in a sustainable way and making a positive change.
In accordance with our social objectives we should:
- Promote a society based on knowledge and innovation
- Foster the conditions required for sustainable human development
- Promote and strengthen the development of the region together with its human potential.
Bearing this in mind, Bizkaia Talent makes a full commitment to the SDGs and will adopt the appropriate measures to ensure that the goals are spread, understood and implanted both in terms of our activities and services and with respect to the organizations and the general public collaborating with us. We have signed a collaboration agreement with UNESCO Etxea, an organization devoted to the promotion and diffusion of the SDGs in the Basque Country.
The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of the United Nations are a set of 17 objectives aimed at solving the social, economic and environmental problems faced by the world in the next years finalising in 2030. The SDGs were approved in September 2016 at the United Nations headquarters, and they were drawn up as part of the Sustainable Development Agenda.
Practical guide: Integrating the SDGs into corporate reporting
1.- NO POVERTY
Goal 1. End poverty in all its forms everywhere.
Key issues: eradicate extreme poverty, reduce poverty and vulnerabilities, social protection, access to basic services, build resilience of the poor and vulnerable people, development cooperation, sound policy frameworks.
2.- NO HUNGER
Goal 2. End hunger achieve food security and improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture.
Key issues: safe, nutritious and sufficient food, secure and equal access to land, small-scale food production, resilient agricultural practices, sustainable food production systems, seed banks, genetic diversity of seeds.
3.- GOOD HEALTH
Goal 3. Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages.
Key issues: universal health coverage, sexual and reproductive health-care, reduction of traffic accident victims, hazardous chemicals and pollution, reducing maternal and newborn mortality, end epidemics like AIDS, fight hepatitis and water related diseases, drug and alcohol prevention, tobacco control.
4.- QUALITY EDUCATION
Goal 4. Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all.
Key issues: free, equitable and quality education, equal access to higher education, education for sustainable development, adequate educational facilities for people with disabilities, safe, non-violent, inclusive and effective learning environments.
5.- GENDER EQUALITY
Goal 5. Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls.
Key issues: end all forms of discrimination and violence, recognition of care and unpaid housework, shared responsibility, equal opportunities, full and effective participation, reproductive rights, equal rights to economic resources, access to land, other goods and property.
6.- CLEAN WATER AND SANITATION
Goal 6. Ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all.
Key issues: universal and equitable access to safe and affordable water, access to sanitation and hygiene, water quality, efficient use of water resources, integrated management, protection of aquatic ecosystems, pollution reduction, elimination of discharges, wastewater treatment.
7.- RENEWABLE ENERGY
Goal 7. Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all.
Key issues: universal access, increased share of renewable energy, energy efficiency, research, promotion of investment in energy infrastructure and clean technologies, modern and sustainable energy services.
8.- GOOD JOBS AND ECONOMIC GROWTH
Goal 8. Promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all.
Key issues: decent work, full and productive employment, entrepreneurship, promotion of micro-, small- and medium-sized enterprises, labor rights, safe working environments, youth employment, equal opportunities and remuneration, strengthening financial institutions, decouple economic growth from environmental degradation.
9.- INNOVATION AND INFRASTRUCTURE
Goal 9. Build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialization and foster innovation.
Key issues: reliable, sustainable, resilient and quality infrastructure, inclusive and sustainable industrialization, modernization, lean and environmentally sound technologies and industrial processes, scientific research, upgrade the technological capabilities, access to information and communications technology.
10.- REDUCED INEQUALITIES
Goal 10. Reduce inequality within and among countries.
Key issues: promoting social, economic and political inclusion of all people, equal opportunities, tax, wage and social protection for equality, migration and immigration policies, official development assistance, regulation and supervision of institutions and global markets.
11.- SUSTAINABLE CITIES AND COMMUNITIES
Goal 11. Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable.
Key issues: access to housing and adequate, safe and affordable basic services, adequate and sustainable transport systems, inclusive urbanization, participatory planning and management, protection of cultural and natural heritage, air quality, waste, green areas, links between urban, peri-urban and rural areas.
12.- RESPONSIBLE CONSUMPTION
Goal 12. Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns.
Key issues: sustainable management and efficient use of natural resources, reduction of chemical particles released into the atmosphere, water and soil, waste reduction, recycling, reuse and reduction, sustainable practices, sustainable procurement, sustainable lifestyles, rationalization of inefficient fossil-fuel subsidies.
13.- CLIMATE ACTION
Goal 13. Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts.
Key issues: mitigation, resilience and adaptability, planning, national strategies and plans, education and awareness, reducing effects and early warning, compliance with the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change.
Implemented action by Bizkaia Talent to reach the goal: plantation of 300 indigenous trees
14.- LIFE BELOW WATER
Goal 14. Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development.
Key issues: reducing marine pollution and ocean acidification, marine ecosystem protection, restoring health and productivity of oceans, conservation of coastal and marine areas, eliminate overfishing and illegal fishing, supporting artisanal fisheries, increase scientific knowledge.
15.- LIFE ON LAND
Goal 15. Protect, restore and promote sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems, sustainably manage forests, combat desertification, and halt and reverse land degradation and halt biodiversity loss.
Key issues: combating desertification, reforestation, conservation, restoration and sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems, natural habitats, biodiversity, invasive alien species, integration of ecosystem values in planning, poaching.
Implemented action by Bizkaia Talent to reach the goal: plantation of 100 indigenous trees (2018, 2020, 2022, 2023)
16.- PEACE AND JUSTICE
Goal 16. Promote just, peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, provide access to justice for all and build effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels.
Key issues: reducing violence, abuse and exploitation, rule of law, equal access to justice, reduce corruption and bribery, effective and transparent institutions, participation, access to information, protecting fundamental freedoms.
17.- PARTNERSHIPS FOR THE GOALS
Goal 17. Strengthen the means of implementation and revitalize the global partnership for sustainable development.
Key issues: resource mobilization, 0.7% GDP for development aid, external debt, finances, cooperation on technology and innovation, environmentally sound technologies, capacity building, universal multilateral trade system, policy and institutional coherence, data availability, monitoring, indicators and accountability.
Implemented action by Bizkaia Talent to reach the goal: collaboration agreement with UNESCO Etxea