SDGs to align businesses social responsibilities

The Sustainable Development Goals (SDG’s) gives businesses in PNG the opportunity to discuss and package social responsibility engagements.

President of the Business Council of PNG, David Toua, said this when giving the business community’s perspective of the SDGs.

Toua said many corporations and businesses have been pursuing corporate social responsibility or community engagements, which underpin the 17 components of the SDGs.

He named companies who have been operating through their foundations which have been consistently working to deliver community projects around the country.

He said the SDGs give other businesses who have operated in a piecemeal fashion to work together to social responsibility programs.

“SDGs gives a business like us an opportunity to neatly package the efforts that we are making, it also gives us an opportunity to discuss with other businesses how we all move forward and effectively engage in the partnerships that are so crucial to the success of the SDGs,” said Toua.

On September 25, 2015, United Nations member countries adopted a set of goals to end poverty, protect the planet, and ensure prosperity for all as part of a new sustainable development agenda. Each goal has specific targets to be achieved over the next 15 years.

The SDGs are the new global development plan following the Millenium Development Goals from 2000 to 2015.

Cedric Patjole