There is progress, but there is still work to be done, and the Global Goals are more important than ever. The climate crisis. Ensuring no one goes hungry. Human rights abuses. Extreme poverty. Problems of this scale can be overwhelming, but the Global Goals (also known as the Sustainable Development Goals or SDGs) are the solution to tackling them.
The Global Goals simply cannot be achieved without businesses like ours. Through our core operations, financial commitments, employee networks, consumer-facing platforms and high-level influence, companies have a crucial role to play in accelerating progress towards the Goals.
Every business and every employee can make a vital contribution to creating a more peaceful, equitable and prosperous future.
YOUR ACTIONS HAVE IMPACT!
The Global Goals are ambitious, but with great ambition we can achieve great things! To the small organisations advocating for girls to be educated, to the individuals turning plastic waste into something reusable and the businesses innovating to drive change, we see you. If we all take an active part in championing at least one Goal, our society will be better for all of us. What will your contribution be?
WHAT CAN YOU DO?
Every positive action you take, no matter how small, has the power to make a difference. Supporting a clean the oceans campaign, switching to greener products, standing up for justice, and reminding your leaders of the promise of the Global Goals are all good places to start.
JUNE Medical has chosen these Top 6 areas where we can make a positive contribution to the 17 Global Goals in 2022 and beyond:
- Good health and Wellbeing
- Gender Equality
- Decent Work and Economic Growth
- Reduced Inequalities
- Responsible Consumption and Production
Goal 3: Good Health and Well-Being
We all know how important it is to be in good health. Our health affects everything from how much we enjoy life to what work we can perform. That’s why there’s a Goal to make sure everyone has health coverage and access to safe and effective medicines and vaccines. In the 25 years before the SDGs, we made big strides—preventable child deaths dropped by more than half, and maternal mortality went down by almost as much. And yet some other numbers remain tragically high, like the fact that 6 million children die every year before their fifth birthday, or that AIDS is the leading cause of death for adolescents in sub-Saharan Africa. We have the means to turn that around and make good health more than just a wish.
OUR GOAL IS TO MAKE SURGICAL RETRACTORS MORE AVAILABLE TO HELP IN SURGERY
Goal 5: Gender Equality
We can celebrate the great progress the world has made in becoming more prosperous and fair. But there’s a shadow to the celebration. In just about every way, women and girls lag behind. There are still gross inequalities in work and wages, lots of unpaid “women’s work” such as child care and domestic work, and discrimination in public decision-making. But there are grounds for hope. More girls are in school now compared to in 2000. Most regions have reached gender parity in primary education. The percentage of women getting paid for their work is on the rise. The Sustainable Development Goals aim to build on these achievements to ensure that there is an end to discrimination against women and girls everywhere.
OUR GOAL IS TO SUPPORT FISTULA SURGEONS TO HELP WOMEN SURVIVE
Goal 8: Decent Work and Economic Growth
An important part of economic growth is that people have jobs that pay enough to support themselves and their families. The good news is that the middle class is growing worldwide—almost tripling in size in developing countries in the last 25 years, to more than a third of the population. But today, job growth is not keeping pace with the growing labour force. Things don’t have to be that way. We can promote policies that encourage entrepreneurship and job creation. We can eradicate forced labour, slavery and human trafficking. And in the end we can achieve the goal of decent work for all women and men by 2030.
OUR GOAL IS TO ENSURE EACH AND EVERY ONE OF OUR SUPPLIERS PASS OUR STANDARDS BASED ON MODERN SLAVERY LEGISLATION
Goal 9: Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure
Technological progress helps us address big global challenges such as creating jobs and becoming more energy efficient. For example, the world is becoming ever more interconnected and prosperous thanks to the internet. The more connected we are, the more we can all benefit from the wisdom and contributions of people everywhere on earth. And yet four billion people have no way of getting online, the vast majority of them in developing countries. The more we invest in innovation and infrastructure, the better off we’ll all be. Bridging the digital divide, promoting sustainable industries, and investing in scientific research and innovation are all important ways to facilitate sustainable development.
Goal 10: Reduced Inequalities
It’s an old story: the rich get richer, and the poor get poorer. The divide has never been starker. We can and must adopt policies that create opportunity for everyone, regardless of who they are or where they come from. Income inequality is a global problem that requires global solutions. That means improving the regulation of financial markets and institutions, sending development aid where it is most needed and helping people migrate safely so they can pursue opportunities. Together, we can now change the direction of the old story of inequality.
Goal 12: Responsible Consumption and Production
Some people use a lot of stuff, and some people use very little—in fact, a big share of the world population is consuming too little to meet even their basic needs. Instead, we can have a world where everybody gets what they need to survive and thrive. And we can consume in a way that preserves our natural resources so that our children can enjoy them, and their children and their children after that. The hard part is how to achieve that goal. We can manage our natural resources more efficiently and dispose of toxic waste better. Cut per capita food waste in half globally. Get businesses and consumers to reduce and recycle waste. And help countries that have typically not consumed a lot to move towards more responsible consumption patterns.
OUR GOAL IS TO MINIMISE OUR IMPACT ON THE GLOBE BY REDUCING OUR WASTE AND OPTIMISE OUR MANUFACTURING
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