OIA Recognized as a Leader in Global Sustainable Development
The United Nations has recognized OIA among a handful of companies and associations moving the needle on global sustainability.
Late last month, leaders from United Nations member states officially adopted the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. The agenda is based on 17 goals (SDGs) meant to “accelerate transformative change needed to lead our world to a more sustainable future,” according to John Danilovich, secretary-general of the International Chamber of Commerce.
Among the global business associations recognized for their contributions to sustainable development—by sharing knowledge, know-how and best practices for integrating sustainability measures into company operations—was Outdoor Industry Association, whose work was noted as impacting and moving the needle on 10 of the 17 goals.
Why do the goals matter? According to The New York Times, the goals “lay out a sweeping vision for improving the lives of people all over the world over the next 15 years.” What’s more, they are meant to apply to every country, not just the developing world to which the previous UN standards were geared. “Stated in broad terms, the goals are accompanied by 169 specific targets meant to advance the goals in concrete ways. Most are meant to be achieved by 2030, though some have shorter deadlines.”
As part of the launch of the SDG’s, and of a broader effort from the UN to stress the importance of the private sector in achieving them, the UN has launched a new publication, titled “Scaling Up Sustainability Collaboration: Contributions of Business Associations and Sector Initiatives to Sustainable Development,” that features the work of OIA and the OIA Sustainability Working Group.