End September 2015, during the Sustainable Development Summit of the United Nations, 193 Heads of State or Government have signed a statement to build a better world for people and our planet by 2030: the agenda 2030 for Sustainable Development. The core of this statement is a set of 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDG’s) that must be met by 2030.
These goals will stimulate action over the next fifteen years in areas of critical importance for humanity and the planet (5 P’s):
We are determined to end poverty and hunger, in all their forms and dimensions, and to ensure that all human beings can fulfil their potential in dignity and equality and in a healthy environment.
We are determined to protect the planet from degradation, including through sustainable consumption and production, sustainably managing its natural resources and taking urgent action on climate change, so that it can support the needs of the present and future generations.
We are determined to ensure that all human beings can enjoy prosperous and fulfilling lives and that economic, social and technological progress occurs in harmony with nature.
We are determined to foster peaceful, just and inclusive societies which are free from fear and violence. There can be no sustainable development without peace and no peace without sustainable development.
We are determined to mobilize the means required to implement this Agenda through a revitalised Global Partnership for Sustainable Development, based on a spirit of strengthened global solidarity, focussed in particular on the needs of the poorest and most vulnerable and with the participation of all countries, all stakeholders and all people.
As Facil we are strongly convinced that Sustainable Business is not an option but an obligation to make sure that the next generations will grow up and live in a healthy, peaceful, affordable and respectful society.
Therefore we have initiated a project together with the Chamber of Commerce to further develop our business, organisation and processes to be fully in line with the SDG’s. During this project, which will run over 3 years, we will gradually define and implement effective actions to ‘walk the talk’. The intention is to achieve the UN recognized and approved Sustainability Charter by the summer of 2022.
Meanwhile each year our commitment and actions will be validated through an external committee of experts. We are proud to present the first certificate of participation issued by Chamber of Commerce.
The initial certification scope will be Genk. It is of course the intention and the ambition to include all Facil branches and promote sustainability actions globally. This is an integral part of our Facil202X projects and strategy, our HIPER values, our budget and action plan 2020, and our day-to-day business.