VinylPlus Contribution to the Sustainable Development Goals
On 25 September 2015, the General Assembly of the United Nations adopted the resolution ‘Transforming our world: the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development’, a transformative plan of action to address urgent global challenges over the next 15 years. Based on 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), it seeks not only to eradicate extreme poverty, but also to integrate and balance the three dimensions of sustainable development – economic, social and environmental. Together, the SDGs form a comprehensive global vision to ensure sustainable social and economic progress worldwide.
The SDGs define global sustainable development priorities and aspirations for 2030 and seek to mobilise global efforts around a common set of goals and targets. They call for worldwide action by governments, business and civil society, and will shape future policies, action plans and initiatives at the international, national and regional levels. While the SDGs primarily target governments, they recognize the key role that business can and must play in achieving them.
VinylPlus aims to proactively contribute to addressing the global challenges and priorities through its sustainability programme. Through the VinylPlus initiative, the European PVC industry is creating a long-term sustainability framework for the entire PVC value chain and improving PVC products sustainability and their contribution to a sustainable society. While PVC products can potentially play a role in achieving many of the 169 targets within the SDGs, the following chart focuses on the direct contribution of the European PVC industry’s Voluntary Commitment.
VinylPlus is registered as a ‘SMART’ partnership on the UN Partnerships for SDGs platform, as the programme's contribution to the SDGs was successfully assessed on the basis of the ‘SDG Compass – The guide for business action on the SDGs’. This tool was developed by GRI (Global Reporting Initiative), UN Global Compact and World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD), with the objective to support companies in aligning their strategies with the SDGs and in measuring and managing their contribution.
The circle below illustrates the 5 key sustainability challenges relating to PVC use that are at the core of VinylPlus' work, and the specific SDG goals they contribute to.
Take a look at our leaflet about VinylPlus and the SDGs, and the ways in which PVC can contribute to meeting human needs, all while supporting sustainable development.