TGS Sustainable Development Goal progress 2019

Social responsibility TGS Passnotes

‘We don’t have plan B because there is no planet B.’

Ban Ki-Moon.

TGS Passnotes #2 The Sustainable Development Goals

Name: SDGs. (The Sustainable Development Goals.)

Age: 4

Only 4. Wow, that’s young. Surely we’ve been thinking about sustainability before now? Yes, the SDGs replace the year 2000 MDGs (Millennium Development Goals).

SDG, MDG, what’s the difference? The MDGs (Millennium Development Goals) were a good idea but had shortcomings ( Millennium Development Goals – Wikipedia).  The biggest problem with the MDGs was having a donor achievements perspective rather than a development success perspective (that the SDGs have).

It’s not what you give, it’s what you do with it. Yes, sort of, and perhaps the most important aspect is what you measure. If you measure development success, that’s what you will get. As, Peter Drucker famously said, “What gets measured gets done”.

…and ‘you can have it in any colour you want, as long as it’s black. No, that was Henry Ford but the SDGs are good for business. A famous quote that did come out of the SDGs is when Ban Ki-Moon said, ”We don’t have plan B because there is no planet B.”

It sounds virtuous, but what has this got to do with my business? The SDGs were developed with Governments, businesses, civil society and citizens. Everyone! Fulfilling the ambitions will take a huge effort and businesses like ours are going to have a really big role to play.” The SDGs Explained for Business | UN Global Compact

Changing the world is hard. What do I have to do?  You don’t have to do everything but you have to do something. First, do business responsibly and then find things to do that will make changes through business innovation and collaboration. You’re good at that, right?

I recycle paper, take my own mug for tea and cycle to work. Done. Not so fast! The SDGs are waaaaay bigger than the environment (although that is super-important too). You want to be thinking of how you can make a Social Impact.

It’s too hard. I’m going to need help Don’t worry, the UNGC has useful resources. Sign your firm up and your local UNGC network will help you. For example, TGS Global signed up to the French Global Compact office and we incorporate the Ten Principles of the UN Global Compact into our strategy and operations.

In fact, we just published our 2019 Communication on Progress TGS Global | UN Global Compact to say what we’re doing about effecting a social impact through our work (and how we are measuring development success). Maybe you’ll find that inspiring!


Read our COP 2019 here

Do say: “Let’s all become activists” Let’s all become activists | UN Global Compact.

Don’t say: “I love plastic bags, cheap labour and bribery.”

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