Seizing opportunities and managing risks – the relationship between the SDGs and IRBC
At the request of the Dutch Government, the Social and Economic Council of the Netherlands has issued an advisory report on the relationship between the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and International Responsible Business Conduct (IRBC). The present summary reviews the main points of the report.
Sustainable development goalsIn 2015, the United Nations General Assembly adopted the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and its seventeen Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The SDGs include the eradication of extreme poverty and hunger, healthcare and education for all, inclusive economic growth with decent work for all, sustainable consumption and production, and urgent action to combat climate change.
The SDGs have been embraced by governments, international organisations, businesses and civil society organisations as inspiration for joint action. At the same time, evaluations show that the attainment of the SDGs is still worryingly remote. More effort is therefore required from all the stakeholders, who need specific guidance on how to move forward.