The United Nations (UN) Sustainable Development Goals, also known as The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, comprises 17 Global Goals, 169 associated targets, and 230 individual indicators. This international collaboration between 193 UN Member States and global organizations and agencies is outlined in the UN Resolution A/RES/70/1 established in September 2015.

Before the SDGs, the UN launched the 2015 Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), a set of 8 Global Goals outlined in 2000. There were mixed reactions at the close of the 2015 campaign as to the success of the project. Most agreed that the absence of targets and indicators hindered the actionable and measurable collaborative effort. This aspect was purposefully incorporated in the subsequent SDGs.

“We have opportunities before us to rescue the sustainable development goals”

– Antonio Guterres
– UN Secretary- General

Aligning with SDG


There are important reasons why companies align with the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) in their impact reporting.

The SDGs serve as a powerful advocacy tool on the global stage. Social work, when aligned with these goals, can leverage this international agenda to influence policies, mobilize resources, and garner support for initiatives that promote social justice and well-being.
SDGs help focus on sustainable development, emphasizing the need to meet the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs. Social work aligned with the SDGs promotes interventions that consider long-term sustainability and resilience.
SDGs explicitly target reducing inequality within and among countries. Social work, with its focus on social justice and inclusivity, is well-positioned to contribute to these goals by addressing systemic issues and advocating for policies that promote equity and fairness.