What would you say is the biggest problem facing the world today? The top six biggest problems? It’s a question the United Nations (UN) asked the global community and — after discussing the findings with the world’s prime ministers, presidents and leaders — ended up creating the ‘World’s most important to-do list’.
The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are 17 global goals collated by the United Nations and voted for by people like you. They are our collective targets to eliminate poverty, improve our environments, and to build fairer more equitable societies. Nations, companies and individuals around the world have pledged to support them, to play their part in achieving these goals by 2030.
The SDG’s build on the Millennium Development goals (MDGs) launched by former UN Secretary General Kofi Annan.
Pure Planet is one of 9,000 businesses and 4,000 other non-commercial organisations that have signed the UN Global Compact (and the only British small energy supplier to do so). It’s a framework for businesses, working towards better human rights, fair labour practices, and a better environment. It’s also a commitment to work towards the broader UN goals.
There are 17 goals. From December, we’ll be featuring a different goal each month in this blog, and on our social media channels, talking about what we’re doing as a team at Pure Planet, and what our Members can do to support the goal too. Join us: make the SDGs your personal targets too. We’ll be giving you tips on how you can get involved.
We’re starting with Goal #1 — No Poverty — in December. This goal aims to end poverty in all its forms everywhere by 2030, ensuring that everyone has equal rights to economic resources and basic services. About 11% of the world’ population live in extreme poverty — that’s around 700m people living on less than $1.90 a day. Poverty isn’t just about money. The UN says: “Poverty has many dimensions, but its causes include unemployment, social exclusion, and high vulnerability of certain population to disasters, diseases and other phenomena which prevent them from being productive.”
It’s almost an unimaginably big goal for the everyday person like you and me. So we’ll be featuring small ways that you can make a difference, that are good for you and the planet too.
You might wonder why we’re not choosing to focus solely on Goal 7: Affordable and Clean energy. These goals are all interlinked, the same way no single action has a single reaction. For example, Pure Planet’s focus on gender equality within our workplace will improve our capacity to provide affordable and clean energy, which leads to a more sustainable city and community. Encouraging responsible consumption and production of energy use at home is another way of maximising our impact.
Your positive actions can work towards many of these goals, often at the same time.
How can you get involved?
At Pure Planet, we’re getting involved with local charities and initiatives each month, and inviting you to get involved too. Join our Pure Planet Community, and keep an eye out on our blog and social media channels (Facebook, Twitter and Instagram) to see how we progress through December.
We’ll also be showcasing organisations and individuals who are doing great work towards the SDGs, and sharing resources for you to find out more.
Which goal is most important for you? Are you already playing a part? Join the conversation in our Pure Planet Community.