Our contribution to the Sustainable Development Goals
In January 2016, the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) came into force and now outline the pathway towards implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. The 17 ambitious goals were adopted by more than 190 world leaders to end all forms of poverty in every country in the world, by addressing inequalities, economic growth, decent jobs, cities and human settlements, industrialisation, oceans, ecosystems, energy, climate change, sustainable consumption and production, peace and justice. Compared to the Millennium Development Goals, the SDGs strongly focus on means of implementation, including the mobilization of financial resources, capacity-building and technology. Furthermore, all stakeholders including governments, civil society and the private sector are expected to contribute to the realisation of the new agenda and multi-stakeholder partnerships have been recognised as an important component of strategies. SEED has used the partnership model to support social and environmental (S&E) entrepreneurship at the local level and stimulate green and inclusive growth since it was founded at the 2002 World Summit on Sustainable Development in Johannesburg by UNEP, UNDP and IUCN.
How does SEED contribute towards implementation of the SDGs?
SEED is based on the understanding that the promotion of social and environmental entrepreneurship is crucial for sustainable development and poverty reduction. We aim at strengthening enabling business conditions and accelerating private sector development while fostering positive social and environmental impacts. Similar to the SDGs, SEED addresses all three dimensions of sustainability within its programme., SEED Winners have reached more than 12.3 million people living at the Base of the Pyramid (BoP), while their operations accounted for a total revenue of US$205,000,000 and saved greenhouse gas emissions equal to the amount produced by 820,760 cows.
In alignment with the SDGs, SEED puts a strong focus on enabling global and local multi-stakeholder partnerships between governments, the private sector and the civil society. Two SEED Symposia each year provide a platform for networking and partnerships, bringing together a diverse group of enterprises, researchers, investors, policymakers and members of civil society.
In summary, SEED fosters market-based mechanisms to end poverty, protect the planet, and ensure prosperity for all and has the potential to make a huge contribution towards reaching the ambitious goals of the new 2030 sustainable development agenda. While social and environmental entrepreneurship varies in form, origin, sector and business model, all these enterprises share a focus on the triple bottom line, and their growth yields a transformative and collective impact potential that is central to green and inclusive growth.
A dynamic private sector driven by social and environmental enterprises creates green jobs, stimulates local economies, strengthens communities and enhances environmentally sound management practices. SEED uses its decade-long experience, expertise and expansive network as valuable resources for the achievement of the newly adopted Sustainable Development Goals.