UN SDG 17: How Can Small Businesses Contribute?

April 29, 2024

The UN SDG 17 is one of the  17 goals set by the United Nations in 2015 as part of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. This particular goal is focused on “Partnerships for the Goals.” Its aim is to strengthen global partnerships to support and achieve the ambitious targets of the other 16 Sustainable Development Goals.

In this video, which is part of Streamly’s SDGs, Michelle Benavides the Executive Director of the International Society of Sustainaibility Professionals (ISSP) explains how small businesses can get involved to support the international partnership.

“Goal 17 in my opinion is critical of them all, its where partnerships come together and really where we ensure that everyone has a seat at the table,” Benavides explains.

SMEs face challenges to implement SDGs, that could be staff that do not have sustainability in their job title yet are asked to take on the work to ensure their company is accelerating action.

“While that is a challenge it is also an opportunity to ingrain sustainability across all professionals and across all members of a team to ensure that everyone has a fundamental knowledge of sustainabilty,” Benavides explains.

Small businesses have the ability to work better and faster that multi-lateral organisations, despite budget contraints. SMEs who want to get involved in SDGs can join networks to help through by  getting in touch with professionals who will able to accelerate action.





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