The Australian SDG website has been developed by the Global Compact Network Australia (GCNA), with the support of the Australian Government.
The primary aim of this website is to provide Australia with a live and ongoing platform to centralise and showcase action being taken across government, business, civil society and academia to advance the SDGs in the Australian context.
A key initiative identified by attendees of the inaugural 2016 National SDG Summit and further reiterated at the follow up Summit held in 2018, was the need for an Australian-based SDG website, which could function as a platform to centralise and communicate more broadly the Australian SDGs landscape.
The Australian community has certainly started on the road to addressing the SDGs. Much is going on at all levels of government – local, state and national – and within NGOs, academia and the private sector. Leading companies listed on the Australian Stock Exchange as well as smaller organisations are showing the way by using the Goals as a framework for evaluating what they are currently doing and planning for the future.
However, there’s still a lot more to be done if we’re to make a better Australia now, while also creating a future for our children that’s more secure and prosperous.
We invite you and your organisation to engage and explore this website:
We would like to thank the key stakeholders involved in consultation for the development of this website, in particular ACFID, ACOSS, ANZ, Australia Post, Banksia Foundation, Brambles, City of Melbourne, Department of Environment and Energy, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Lendlease, Qantas, Rio Tinto, SDSN, Yarra Valley Water, Allens and Republic of Everyone.
The United Nations Global Compact (UNGC) is the world’s largest corporate sustainability initiative, with over 9,000 business and more than 4000 non-business participants globally.
It is a call to action for business to operate responsibly by embedding the UNGC’s ten universal sustainability principles, related to human rights, labour, the environment and anti-corruption, into their organisational strategies and operations. It is also a call to action for businesses, in conjunction with other organisations and sectors of society, to take bold, innovative action to achieve broader global and societal goals, including the UN SDGs.
The UNGC is both a strategic, principles-based policy platform for demonstrating corporate sustainability commitment and leadership and a practical framework for businesses to implement sustainable, responsible policies and practices.
The Global Compact is localised through business-led country networks. In Australia, it is the Global Compact Network Australia (GCNA) that brings together signatories to the UNGC and other key stakeholders, in a platform for learning, dialogue, collaboration and influence around the sustainability agenda.
The GCNA’s membership includes some of Australia’s largest corporations, SMEs, civil society and academic institutions, to advance corporate sustainability and the private sector’s contribution to inclusive sustainable development, pursuant to the ten principles and subsequently, the framework for delivery of the principles, the SDGs.
For more information please visit: www.unglobalcompact.org.au