What are the UN SDGs?
Adopted by all member states of the United Nations (U.N.) in 2015, the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development provides a detailed framework to help countries around the world end poverty, improve health and education, foster economic growth, and contribute to global efforts to preserve and protect the environment.
The agenda spells out 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), backed by 169 specific and quantifiable targets, providing civic and industry leaders with the tools they need to formulate and initiate individual efforts that support these important global imperatives.
ULSE works to support the achievement of the SDGs
At UL Standards & Engagement (ULSE), we are working to help support these efforts by aligning our standards catalogue and standards development process with these critical goals.
In a recent study, we used quantitative and qualitative data analysis to determine that requirements in more than half of our 1,600+ UL standards either partially or fully align with specific measures needed to support the achievement of at least one SDG.
Through compliance with one or more UL standards, governments and non-government organizations, international companies and businesses, advocacy groups, and even consumers, can help align their products, services, and practices with the SDGs.
To see which SDGs are supported by our standards, visit the ULSE Standards & Publications site and browse standards by name. Each standard that supports one or more of the SDGs displays the corresponding icons for each goal on its download page.
For information on our analysis, and to find out how our standards can help organizations support the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, read The UN Sustainable Development Goals and UL Standards & Engagement: A Report.
The 17 SDGs are supported by 169 individual targets and more than 200 indicators, which provide detailed benchmarks that allow leaders in government and industry to formulate specific sustainability initiatives and track their progress in achieving success.
Requirements in more than half of the 1,600+ standards in our catalogue either partially or fully align with specific measures needed to support the achievement of at least one SDG.
For each of the 17 SDGs, there is at least one UL standard that can be used to support efforts to achieve the SDG’s identified targets.
We are currently working to incorporate more direct consideration of SDGs and their individual targets in our current standards development and revision processes.
Our Standards & Publications site now lists the specific SDGs supported by each standard. Visit the site and click on a standard to see which SDGs align with that standard.
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