The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) aim to mobilise action and shape the efforts of governments, businesses, trade unions and civil society organisations across the world to create a sustainable future for all in the next 15 years. Companies with a robust ethical trade programme will find that they are already contributing towards the Goals.
The purpose of this report is:
- To explain how the SDGs are relevant to ethical trade and workers’ rights, particularly SDG 8 and other key goals. Responsible business conduct and respect for human rights in global supply chains has been identified as one of the most effective ways of advancing sustainable development.
- To explain the links between the SDGs, the UNGPs and ETI’s work. This should help ETI members to demonstrate progress against the SDGs through their activities and ETI membership.
- To provide some useful references and resources. This includes a map of the ETI Base Code against the SDGs and an outline of the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights (UNGPs) as a ‘means of SDG implementation’.