Based on the principle of leaving no one behind, the 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) aim to tackle poverty, climate change and inequality. These Goals represent the largest ever call for collective action by governments, institutions, businesses and citizens. To achieve the SDGs and so build a sustainable future for everyone, it is essential to develop the positive impacts of business and mitigate the negative.
Business in the Community’s Responsible Business Map helps companies to navigate and contribute to the SDGs by identifying the key issues and explaining the actions and outcomes needed for businesses to achieve long-term financial value, enabling both society and the planet to thrive.
A resilient society where employers and stakeholders work together to continually reduce inequalities. Businesses help achieve full employment, by ensuring good jobs are accessible to all; increasing levels of pay and ensuring good terms and conditions of all employment. Businesses also invest in skills at every level whilst making the most of, loyal, skilled and fulfilled employees who come from a range of backgrounds. Communities are prepared and able to respond and mitigate environmental damage and social change (SDG 1, 2, 3, 8, 9, 10, 11).
- Provide good jobs, both to your direct and indirect workforce, which offer security, rights and a fair income. Good jobs also offer the opportunity for personal development and progression and a supportive and inclusive environment in which all employees can thrive.
- Understand how the changing nature of work will affect your organisation and individuals who work for you, plan and take action to support employees at all levels. Provide open communication channels and transparent decision making. Offer continued learning, professional development and progression routes which enable people to move through the whole organisation.
- Invest in bringing down the barriers to employment of disadvantaged groups so they can access good work in your business or others.
- Work alongside the communities where you operate to support them in preparing, recovering and adapting to social and environmental changes (i.e. job automatization and natural disasters) including contributing to creating resilient and sustainable urban spaces.