Global Village – Asia Pacific backyard

sustainable development goals

It seems that 2017 has become a big year for discovering of Sustainable Development Goals (SDG’s). For a long time, there has not been a big awareness of the SDG’s or more exactly, the implications and use of SDG’s. Recently, however, there has been a growing interest in the implications of the SDG’s – not just “oh that’s about Climate Change”. Sitting down with a number of people, there is now a growing understanding of how the SDG’s can work and how they are integrated into “good business decisions”.

The relationship between the various SDG’s is clear in humanitarian and environmental initiatives, but it has more become of interest to traditional business decisions as they start to appreciate the potential benefits and improved benefits that can be realised – not only for the business but the environment/community that they operate in.

sustainable development goals

SGG’s for businesses

Increasingly, the flexibility of the SDG principles has been recognised. The differences between needs and answers across the region are diverse and the resolution of issues is equally as diverse. It is being demonstrated that what works in one area may not work in another – or may not deliver the results equally. The recognition of the surrounding factors such as culture, heritage, environment, expectations, resources, and ability is starting to create the atmosphere for real change and real solutions.

Business is starting to understand that diversity of approach can deliver results and that “one answer is not always the best solution”.

The challenge continues to be that we need to bring groups together to discuss the issues and promote real consideration to issues across the region and to develop ideas and innovation.

“Together change can happen”.

Written by Alan Tupicoff – Director of Atsolve