Integrating the SDGs into business

Front cover of paper on the SDGs and business

Sustainable Business HK has produced a handbook for Hong Kong businesses on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

The SDGs were launched by the United Nations in New York in September 2015. Following on from the Millennium Development Goals, they provide a global framework for eradicating poverty and shifting the world economy onto a sustainable and resilient path.

The handbook considers how selected SDGs – such as lifelong learning, inclusive growth and addressing inequality – are relevant across a range of business sectors. It highlights measures companies are already taking to address those issues through their core business operations and value chains.

It then explores potential implications of the SDGs for four specific sectors in Hong Kong – manufacture, trading and logistics; retail; property and construction; and banking and finance. These sectors were chosen on the basis of their contribution to the local economy and their representation within the Caring Company Scheme.

Bernard Chan, Chairperson of HKCSS, said: “Hong Kong is a successful city by any standards. But we have much work to do to ensure a sustainable future economically, socially and environmentally.

“The business sector will play a critical role. I hope companies will use this handbook as a starting point to inspire their thinking.”

You can download the handbook here.