On 27/09/2015, the United Nations established 17 development objectives for a sustainable development of the world up to 2030. These objectives build further on the Millennium Objectives (2000-2015), and aim to complete what these were unable to achieve. They aim to have the human rights of everyone respected. They are integrated and indivisible, and ensure balance between the three dimensions of sustainable development: the economic, social and environmental dimension.
In contrast to the Millennium Objectives, the sustainable development objectives (SDGs) also include an agenda for companies. After all, achieving the ambitious objectives of the SDGs without the involvement of the business world is impossible. For Belgian chambers of commerce, the SDGs provide a new dimension to their attention to sustainable enterprise. Our collaboration with CIFAL Flanders is intended to allow us to explain the UN’s new sustainability agenda to companies, to examine the impact of these on their activities, and to ensure that the business world becomes a fully-fledged actor in implementing the SDGs.