Sustainable development focuses on balancing our human need for technology and economic progress on the one hand, and protecting our environment on the other.
Sustainable development thus meets our contemporary needs without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.
In other words, sustainable development involves an ideal balance between different interests. All developments that contribute technologically, economically, ecologically, politically or socially to a healthy earth - with prosperous inhabitants and functioning ecosystems - are sustainable.
The United Nations drew up an ambitious plan to address the most critical issues facing the world: the Sustainable Development Goals, or SDGs for short. These 17 Sustainable Development Goals represent a plan of action to increase peace and prosperity, eradicate poverty, hunger and inequality and ultimately protect the planet by 2030. The plan is recognized worldwide as a crucial step toward the future sustainability of the world.
Standards contribute to all 17 SDGs. They support three pillars of sustainable development: economic prosperity, social inclusion and environmental sustainability.
Want to know more about the SDGs? Learn about them here.
Standards help you Organisation play a substantial role in achieving the SDGs. You can find them on our standards platform.