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Are you working towards the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) in your Organization?

July 8, 2024

As Earth Day approached in April, we asked our Venture Café visitors around the globe their views on our planet’s future. We’re delighted to have received responses from 600 passionate individuals across various sectors, from Academia to Startups. Your insights highlight our collective priorities towards the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals.

The efforts in our community in fighting poverty, promoting education, and championing climate action are shaping a brighter future. We value your opinions and would love to delve deeper! If you’d like to discuss these findings or share more insights, please reach out to us. Together, let’s continue to inspire and drive positive change for our planet. Thank you for being a part of our vibrant community! 🌏💚

 

Global Think Tank, April 2024 : Are you working towards the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) in your Organization?

Let’s have a closer look at some insights and trends that we found among our visitors, divided on the role in innovation ecosystem:

  • Startups are carving out their niche with a strong focus on Quality Education, No Poverty, and Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure. Despite lower overall engagement across other SDGs, these young organizations are laying the groundwork for future growth and impact. Picture startups receiving the support and resources they need to expand their sustainability efforts, driving change from the ground up.
  • Government participants emerged as champions of Good Health and Well-being, Quality Education, and No Poverty. Their focus highlights a deep commitment to public health and education, striving to create policies that uplift communities and eradicate poverty. Imagine a world where government initiatives ensure every citizen has access to quality healthcare and education, laying the foundation for a prosperous society.
  • In the corporate world, the drive for Good Health and Well-being, No Poverty, and Quality Education stands out, along with a significant focus on Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure. These entities are blending social responsibility with business innovation, envisioning workplaces where health and education are paramount, and cutting-edge infrastructure propels us into a sustainable future. Picture companies that prioritize their employees’ well-being while pioneering technologies that reshape our world.
  • Students showed a unique trend, with a notable percentage not currently working towards the UN’s SDGs. This points to an opportunity: empowering the next generation with the knowledge and tools they need to engage in sustainable practices. We envision campuses buzzing with sustainability initiatives, where students lead projects that directly contribute to global goals.
  • Investors demonstrated a keen interest in No Poverty, Good Health and Well-being, and Quality Education. This focus suggests a blend of financial acumen and social consciousness, where investments are made not just for profit, but for profound societal impact. Envision investors supporting projects that uplift communities, reduce poverty, and provide educational opportunities, all while achieving financial returns.
  • For Service Providers, the emphasis on Quality Education, No Poverty, and Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure indicates areas where they can make substantial contributions. However, their lower engagement across other SDGs suggests room for growth. Imagine service providers expanding their initiatives to cover more SDGs, becoming pivotal players in the sustainability landscape.
  • Lastly, Academia stands out with a strong commitment to Good Health and Well-being, Climate Action, and Quality Education. However, a noticeable percentage are not yet actively working towards the SDGs, signaling an area ripe for increased awareness and action. Envision academic institutions where sustainability is woven into every curriculum, research project, and campus activity.

As we reflect on these insights, one thing is clear: our community is passionate and diverse, each role contributing uniquely to our shared vision of a sustainable future. Together, we can build a world where every action, no matter how small, drives us closer to achieving the UN’s SDGs. So let’s continue the conversation, share our ideas, and work collectively to make this vision a reality.

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AUTHOR
Andreas Stillman
Global Producer & Creative Lead
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