United Nations Sustainable Development Goals

Sustainability Advantage encourages member organisations to embrace the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals and to explore how they can increase their sustainability ambitions to help accelerate progress on the goals.

The United Nations (UN) Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are a globally accepted framework for sustainable development that recognise the co-dependence of society, the economy and the environment. The overarching principle is ensuring that no-one is left behind.

The framework for improvement provided by the SDGs gives organisations a common language for sustainable development that is relevant to every organisation from large corporations through to grass-roots community groups.

Sustainability Advantage champions the role business can play in achieving the goals by 2030. It works with sector groups and individual organisations to help them understand how to use the framework of the goals.

United Nations Sustainable Development Goals

A shared vision for sustainability

The UN SDGs present opportunities and create space for innovative partnerships between business, government and the community to address some of the world’s most complex challenges.

By aligning purpose with the UN SDGs, organisations can grow business impact, find new opportunities in partnerships and increase their value to stakeholders, customers and communities, as well as improve engagement within their organisations.

Support for organisations

In 2016, Sustainability Advantage took an active early lead in promoting the 2030 Agenda. As well as contributing to SDG 17 by fostering multi-stakeholder partnerships, Sustainability Advantage drives tangible progress on SDG 12 Responsible Consumption and Production in NSW by building the organisational capacity of its members to integrate the UN SDGs into corporate strategy and practice.

Many members have discovered they have significant opportunities to impact the goals, particularly via procurement contracts and value chains. The Sustainability Advantage community indirectly impacts all 17 goals.

Case studies

Many members have aligned the SDGs in their business strategy to achieve positive outcomes in their organisation:

Sydney Opera House with sails lit up

Inspiring Positive Change – Sydney Opera House

In October 2019, Sydney Opera House launched its fourth Environmental Action Plan along with the organisation’s Reconciliation Action Plan and Accessibility Access Plan. To bring these plans together, Sydney Opera House announced its commitment to working towards the UN SDGs. The organisation has aligned relevant strategies and action plans to the SDGs and set clear and actionable commitments that deliver on nine of the 17 goals. Sydney Opera House’s commitment was celebrated in glorious colour, with the eastern sails lit to show support for the goals when the plans were published. Sydney Opera House is a Gold Partner of Sustainability Advantage.

Sydney Opera House and the Global Goals


Cover of Uniting Sustainable Development Goals Report


Sustainability Advantage supported the largest community service provider in NSW and the ACT, Uniting, to map the goals and publish its first standalone SDG performance report on goals 10, 11 and 12—a first in the industry and a powerful way for Uniting to communicate the positive difference it makes in the community. Uniting is a Silver Partner of Sustainability Advantage.

Uniting Sustainable Development Goals


Cover of Tamworth Regional Council Sustainability Strategy

Tamworth Regional Council

Sustainability Advantage Bronze Partner, Tamworth Regional Council’s achievements include the release of its first Sustainability Strategy aligned to the UN SDGs. The strategy was developed in response to Keychange 2017-2021, the Council’s Community Strategic Plan, and provides an integrated and coordinated approach to advancing sustainability in their region. Tamworth Regional Council is a Bronze Partner of Sustainability Advantage.

Tamworth Regional Council Sustainability Strategy