Based on the principle of leaving no one behind, the 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) aim to tackle poverty, climate change and inequality. These Goals represent the largest ever call for collective action by governments, institutions, businesses and citizens. To achieve the SDGs and so build a sustainable future for everyone, it is essential to develop the positive impacts of business and mitigate the negative.
Business in the Community’s Responsible Business Map helps companies to navigate and contribute to the SDGs by identifying the key issues and explaining the actions and outcomes needed for businesses to achieve long-term financial value, enabling both society and the planet to thrive.
Individuals’ career prospects and progression are independent of their personal characteristics, background and circumstances. Businesses benefit from a diverse workforce and are able to access diverse markets and grow their talent pipeline. Individuals are able to live safely, free from abuse and neglect (SDG 5, 10).
- Ensure that gender, race, age, physical and mental health, sexuality, religion, disability, social status or any other defining characteristics do not determine an individual’s career path.
- Reflect diversity and culture across all levels with role models visible to the next generation of talent.
- Offer fair, equal and unbiased recruitment, promotion and reward systems and safe, inclusive and agile work environment where all talent can thrive.
- Ensure diversity at leadership levels, so all opinions are considered in decision making, and no social group is affected more than others in the event of social and environmental disruptions. Understand, respect and protect cultural heritage, in line with the protection of human rights.