Companies must comply with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
All corporations must seek to develop and meet their own needs without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own.
Why is it so important to comply with the SDGs?
According to a survey of 986 companies worldwide, 71% have already considered how to engage with the SDGs and 41% will incorporate them into their strategy over the next five years.
What are the differences between large companies and SMEs in terms of sustainability?
1ª. Knowledge of the 2030 Agenda: 80% of companies with more than 250 employees know what it is about, while below that threshold, only 25% have heard of the SDGs.
2ª. 60% of large companies have a specific sustainability department, almost nonexistent in SMEs.
3ª. In terms of monitoring metrics, only 6% of SMEs have them, compared to 33% of large companies.
What all the companies agree on is that only 10% have some kind of certification confirming their contribution to the SDGs. The two main reasons why companies are interested in complying with the 2030 Agenda are cost savings and the benefits for reputation and brand image.
How to involve SMEs in achieving the SDGs?
1º. Convince them that implementing the SDGs is not an expense, but an investment.
2º. Highlighting the benefits for the company, improving the brand, reputation, added value that increases competitiveness and attracts talent.
Finally, it should be emphasized that companies must be truly aligned with the SDGs and avoid “greenwashing”, i.e. selling themselves as a sustainable company but not being one.
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SOURCE: un.org/sustainabledevelopment/en / cincodias.elpais.com / Nubeprint.com