What are the UN Sustainable Development Goals?

The UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) promise action on 17 goals, from providing universal quality education to fighting climate change to ending poverty and hunger by 2030.

193 world leaders have signed on to tackle the SDGs, but governments can’t achieve them alone, which is why the 17th goal is a call for businesses and citizens to step up. Many companies are already aligning their business practices to the SDGs, but there’s also a huge opportunity for companies to engage their people in becoming central players in this global effort to create a better tomorrow.

17 Goals, Endless Opportunities for Engagement.

There are lots of ways companies can impact the SDGs, but what about your people? Engaging your employees through workplace giving can take your SDG impact — and company culture —to the next level. We’ve prepared everything you need to create campaigns around any of the Sustainable Development Goals, including Giving Opportunities built around featured causes that are making a difference and News Items to get your people excited and involved.

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Click on a tile below to download everything you need to create a Giving Opportunity around any Sustainable Development Goal.

81% of Millennials expect businesses to act on the SDGs
— 2016 Corporate Citizenship study


Not Sure Where to Start?

Think about the pillar causes and focus areas that resonate with your people and matter to your company. Whether you’re committed to health initiatives in your city, STEAM education, youth mentorship or renewable energy, your own program goals will align with one (or more!) of the Sustainable Development Goals.

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How Cause Types Align with SDGs

Health & wellness: 3, 6

Environment, plants & animals: 7, 11-15

Economic development and innovation: 8, 9, 11

Human rights & equality: 1-5, 10, 16

Make a Big Dent with Small Actions

These goals are lofty but they’re definitely achievable. It’s important to remind your people of the huge progress already being made. Consider poverty, which might seem like a massive, unsolvable problem. Yet extreme poverty has already dropped by more than half since 1990. That’s incredible. Now it’s time to finish what we started.

Want help or advice to get started? Your Benevity Relationship Manager is happy to talk!