November 2020

· 5 min read

Integrating the UN Sustainable Development Goals

The UN SDGs provide 17 diversified and comprehensive, target-and time-driven goals that offer a solid foundation for companies of all types and sizes to adopt and adapt. By developing sustainability goals that align with the UN SDGs, companies can be assured that their customers and investors will be on board.
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Published in early 2016, the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) continue to expand as a catalyst and framework for companies setting sustainability goals and publishing corporate social responsibility (CSR) reports.

Why Align?

If your company is in the process of setting corporate social responsibility strategies, it is important to ensure they are relevant. Aligning corporate objectives with other well-established global and local initiatives, such as the SDGs, is a great place to start. Utilizing the SDG goals and their associated targets in developing CSR reports adds value, integrity, transparency, and reliability to the report.

While the number of companies aligning to the SDGs continues to grow, there is significant opportunity for businesses to increase their familiarity and incorporate these global initiatives into their own operations. Companies are essential to a sustainable future and can be powerful drivers of change through innovative approaches to the world’s development challenges. Organizations that heed the call for improved efficiency and resiliency are in the best position to prosper in a low-carbon and resource-constrained economy, and operating sustainably is essential for a company’s success.

NSF's Work Aligns With the UN Sustainable Development Goals

We are well positioned to assist our clients in meeting many of the UN Sustainable Development goals through our work in sustainability consulting, safer chemistry, responsible textiles and product quality and safety, as well as through innovative tools such as our TraQtion software and EyeSucceed technology.

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NSF Services Support Your Sustainability Priorities

Sustainability Reporting

Showcase your progress and priorities with a customized Sustainability Report using existing standards and frameworks such as the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI), CDP Climate Change, and/or the UN Sustainability Development Goals (SDGs).

TraQtion Sustainability & Compliance Software

TraQtion is a powerful software-as-a-service (SaaS) solution built from the ground up as a support for sustainability quality assurance teams at every link in the supply chain. TraQtion is designed to comprehensively manage a myriad of supply chain challenges, from responsible sourcing to product or site quality and compliance.

Safer Chemistry

Make informed chemical and material selection decisions by evaluating specific products or full chemical inventories using a number of chemical hazard assessment tools.

Benchmarking

Benchmark your company’s SDG strategy through a review of existing strategies and initiatives, improve procedures and systems that are described in the strategy, and design new company initiatives that will allow further alignment with the SDGs.

Consulting

Regardless of where you are in your sustainability journey, our services are uniquely structured to assist in measuring and improving your social and environmental impacts. We diagnose key risks and opportunities, design tailored and feasible solutions, and deliver results to build resiliency, operational efficiency, and brand reputation.

Additional Services Include:

Materials

  • Waste Audit
  • Landfill Free (Zero Waste Strategy)
  • Waste Management Plan
  • Safer Chemistry

Water

  • Water Footprint
  • Alliance for Water Stewardship (AWS)
  • Water Management Plan

Energy

  • Energy Assessment
  • GHG Inventory/Carbon Footprint
  • Energy Management Plan

Sourcing

  • Procurement/Sourcing Analysis
  • Sustainable Procurement Policy/Management

Enterprise

  • Setting Science-Based Targets
  • Environmental Management System (ISO 14001)
  • Occupational Health & Safety Management System (ISO 45001)
  • EyeSucceed Smart Glass Solutions