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.
Businesses make informed decisions whilst being transparent and accountable to stakeholders. They co-create new solutions that generate commercial success generating a better relationship and more trust between businesses and the wider society (SDG 9,10,16,17).
- Identify and consider your stakeholders and understand how your operations affect them, to find solutions that maximise value for all.
- Actively identify opportunities to collaborate with a range of stakeholders either across the industry sector or multi-lateral initiatives to solve global issues.
Supply Chain and Human Rights
Higher transparency and expectations of responsible business practices across the supply chain, utilising influence to generate inclusive growth while working towards a global decarbonised economy. Resilient supply chains drive growth and prosperity and multiply impact, delivering social and environmental benefits at scale while creating business value. No violations of human rights across your full value chain, with particular attention paid to countries of weak governance (All SDGs).
- Use your purchasing power to select and engage suppliers to foster local economic growth, while driving resilience and environmental sustainability.
- Ensure fair sourcing practices that open opportunities for SMEs and social enterprises.
- Implement robust traceability mechanisms that guarantee visibility throughout your supply chain.
- Go beyond basic risk management and compliance to protect human rights across and through your supply chain and direct operations.
- Be aware of the parts of your business that need the greatest attention and integrate human rights policies into every commercial decision.
- Understand how existing and proposed activities may affect human rights (impact assessment), track performance for improvement and offer grievance mechanisms.
Where infringements are found act to ensure mistakes are not repeated and share knowledge to ensure others do not replicate bad practices
Products and Services
Products and services that deliver social and environmental value create economic
growth (SDG 9, 12, 14, 15,17).
- Understand the impacts of your products and services throughout their whole lifecycle. From research and development to disposal and ensure sales practices are ethical.
- Engage customers and clients in responsible behaviour as well as the information and support provided to them.
- Re-examine and innovate your approach to designing and delivering products and services in a way that will reduce the impact of resource scarcity on your ability to produce them.
- Review and, over time, evolve your product portfolio to be fully consistent with your stated organisational/brand purpose.
- Value the impact of your products and services on society including the impact of your investment decisions.
The digital transformation drives smart forms of economic growth on a finite planet, reduces poverty and inequalities, and improves lives (SDG1, 3 4, 5, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 16, 17).
- Anticipate the unintended consequences of the digital transformation.
- Protect, support and empower customers simplifying data practices; being inclusive, and enabling better choices.
- Embrace the changing nature of work by preparing your employees with digital skills and lifelong learning.
- Anticipate automation creating new roles where technology complements humans, and support communities to manage the transition and extend your employer’s responsibility by providing security job and protection.
- Deliver innovative products and services that serve society by ensuring technology reflects human values and corrects unconscious bias.
- Drive a transparent, inclusive and productive value chain by providing digital solutions and training to achieve minimum social and environmental standards across the value chain. Minimise the environmental impact of operations committing to renewable energy and zero e-waste. Use technology to address corruption, exploitation and environmental harm.