UN Sustainable Development Goals
/ THE UNITED NATIONS HAS AGREED AN AMBITIOUS PLAN OF ACTION, CALLING ON BUSINESSES TO APPLY CREATIVITY AND INNOVATION TO SOLVING THE CHALLENGES OF SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT. ERIKS IS ANSWERING THE CALL.
The 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) were agreed in September 2015 by 193 UN member states. They provide an opportunity for businesses to create value not only for the business itself but also for society. Addressing all nations and peoples, the goals have established a common set of wide-ranging issues to focus on, and require all sectors and organizations to work together to ensure progress.
Now, for the first time ever, ERIKS is linking its strategy and targets with these global goals. Below you can see how we are already supporting the goals with our current targets and initiatives. In 2017 we will be looking more deeply into how we can:
- commit publicly to the goals
- implement initiatives and partnerships to further support achievement of the goals.
SUPPORTING THE SDGS
The three pillars of ERIKS’ Sustainability Strategy already support many of the aims of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals.
ERIKS believes that our people – whether working for us now or potentially working for us in the future – are our most important asset. So we are fully committed not only to ensuring their safety and well-being, but also to supporting their development and career-long learning.
We are also committed to being a responsible business. One aspect of that commitment is to always uphold the principles of the United Nations Global Compact, which calls on businesses to adopt sustainable and socially responsible policies. Relating this to the SDGs, our actions support goals 3, 4, 8 and 17:
The products and services we supply – from energy-efficient motors to innovative technologies such as 3D printing – make more efficient use of resources in a variety of ways
The products and services we supply – from energy-efficient motors to innovative technologies such as 3D printing – make more efficient use of resources in a variety of ways. As a result, we directly help to reduce the water and energy consumption of our manufacturing and industrial customers, and minimize the amount of waste they produce.
However, this direct influence is not our only contribution to meeting the SDGs. We also work with our customers and suppliers to address sustainability within our supply chains. For example, we are supporting a sustainable procurement method in the maritime industry to identify and resolve sustainability issues. And as a supplier to every kind of industry – whether we supply the smallest O-ring or provide ground-breaking condition monitoring techniques – we also indirectly support customers to achieve their own goals:
The best example of reducing environmental impact that we can provide to our customers is our own approach of reducing our footprint. Only by being fully committed to reducing our own emissions, lowering our own water consumption, and diverting our own manufacturing and industrial waste from landfill can we expect our customers to take our support seriously when we help them to do the same. So through our own business initiatives we support SDGs 6, 7, 12 and 13.
SUSTAINABILITY FOR THE FUTURE
As you can see, ERIKS is already supporting a number of targets defined by the Sustainable Development Goals. But that is not enough. Our ambition for 2017 and beyond is to investigate how to connect our strategy and targets more closely with the SDGs, and to find more ways to help achieve these goals.