Mixed results on UK sustainability goals

A new report released today has highlighted the Government’s lack of progress towards meeting its commitments to deliver the UN SDGs in the UK.

The report, Measuring Up 2.0, comes from the UN Global Compact Network UK, a network of organisations aiming to drive sustainable growth through responsible business practices including the SDGs.

The UK is only performing well on 17 per cent of the targets relevant to the domestic delivery of the SDGs, suggesting at least an improvement compared to 2018, with improvements in 23 targets (of a total of 169) but regression in 18 targets, and no change in 65 of the targets.

In addition, there has been good progress on increasing both the scale and scope of efforts to tackle climate change. However, the network expresses it disappointment over equality and poverty targets.

Rachel McEwen, chief sustainability officer at SSE, said: “The UN’s Sustainable Development Goals are a fantastic framework for businesses to align to in the pursuit of creating value for both shareholders and society. But it’s not enough just to be inspired by them – we must act on them and transparently demonstrate to all stakeholders the progress that is being made.”

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