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Reconomy raises an SDG flag to show its support for the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

This September will mark eight years since the world embraced the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

The SDGs, also known as the Global Goals, reflect a shared objective and ambition across all countries to end poverty and hunger everywhere, to combat inequalities within and among countries, to build peaceful, just, and inclusive societies, to protect human rights and promote gender equality of women and girls, and to ensure the lasting protection of the planet and its natural resources by 2030.

The 17 Goals are supported by 169 targets and 232 indicators, enabling progress to be prioritised and tracked.

On 25 September, Reconomy, a leading global circular economy specialist providing sustainability technology, data, and services to a broad range of industries is joining hundreds of businesses, government departments, and civil society organisations in a global movement to fly an SDG flag to spread awareness of the SDGs and mobilise stakeholders for the 2030 agenda.

Reconomy’s sustainability strategy is aligned with the SDGs and since 2018 the business has generated more than £2.2 million of social value across the communities in which it works. Its top five SDGs include responsible consumption, good health and well-being, decent work and economic growth, reduced inequalities, and climate action while Reconomy also contributes to gender equality, life below water, and life on land.

“The UN’s Sustainable Development Goals are a fantastic blueprint for how businesses across the world can deliver substantive climate action, social improvement, and business leadership.

“We are proud to be part of the project and achieving tangible progress against our ambitions. We realised a reduction in our carbon intensity of 13% in 2022 and are awaiting verification of the carbon reduction targets we submitted to SBTi demonstrating our commitment to achieving net zero carbon in collaboration with our customers, suppliers and all other stakeholders.

“Meanwhile, the Reconomy Social Value Programme, RSVP, is a strong example of our community engagement with over £2.2 million in social value generated in our local communities, bettering the areas that our employees and the businesses they serve live and work.”

In the UK, there have been some significant milestones towards the SDGs. In 2022, the UN Global Compact Network UK released Measuring Up 2.0, a multi-stakeholder report assessing the UK’s performance against the SDGs and their Targets to understand how and where businesses, government, and other organisations should focus efforts for the remainder of this decade of action.

The report found of the 132 Targets relevant to the domestic delivery of the SDGs, the UK is only performing well on 17% of them. It highlighted how persistent inequalities within and between communities in the UK mean that we continue to leave people and places behind. It is because of this that the 2030 Agenda is more important than ever, and worldwide collaboration between governments, businesses, and civil society organisations is essential.

With only 1 in 10 people in Britain familiar with the SDGs, raising the SDG flag this September is key to raising awareness and mobilising stakeholders for action. Join the global movement in championing the SDGs so that together the 2030 Agenda can be achieved!