On 25 September 2015, the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all were agreed at the United Nations Sustainable Development Summit.
The SDGs matter to our business. Around the world, through Prosper, we are addressing those sustainable development priorities that are material to our business as well as critical to our stakeholders.
Whilst philanthropy and community investment continue to play a role, our most powerful contribution to the SDGs will be made through our core operations and our value chain – through the jobs we create and sustain, the economic growth and investment that we stimulate, the way we steward natural resources, and the high standards of responsible behaviour that we set for ourselves right across our business.
We have developed a framework to track our contribution to the SDGs, particularly highlighting our impact across different goals, how we adapt to local priorities and our collaboration with stakeholders.
Throughout this report we use this framework to tell the story of the different initiatives through which our business contributes strategically and operationally to the SDGs. We expect this to provide our businesses and stakeholders with a practical approach to inform and support the collaboration that is needed to drive the implementation of the SDGs between now and 2030.