Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

Since 2018, the World Cooperative Monitor includes analysis of the contribution of the Top 300 to the objectives of the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), utilizing documents reported in the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) and UN Global Compact. The 2019 report includes a section specificall related to SDG 8.

The United Nations has recognized the centrality of sustainable economic growth, placing it at the heart of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), specifically in SDG 8, adopted as part of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
The 17 SDGs, with their clear benchmarks and deadline for meeting the objectives, are one of the strongest attempts to respond to the challenges related to the future of our society.

SDG 8 is closely interconnected with several social and environmental needs that fall within the spheres of action of other SDGs. A more equitable development can contribute to, among other things, the reduction of poverty (SDG 1) and of inequalities (SDG 10), and it can affect climate action (SDG 13) and clean energy production (SDG 7). Looking at the implemented practices associated with SDG 8 therefore enables a broad analysis of the scope of the actions of the cooperatives and the impact they may have on various fronts.

There are several actions that cooperatives can take within their own organisations to ensure full, productive employment and decent work. These actions cover a wide range of labor-related topics covering both quantitative and qualitative aspects of the work.

Below are three case studies demonstrating concrete actions in line with the objectives of SDG 8 taken by large cooperatives.

UP GROUP | Building a Social Foundation for all Employees

The raison d’être of the Up group is to improve citizens’ and workers’ lives, through the development of payment systems and IT solutions that facilitate the provision of vouchers (for meals or childcare, for example) and expenses management to employees working for different companies or local authorities around the world.

SOK | Fixing the Supply Chain, One Tomato at a Time

Radical Transparency. That’s the name of the new model Finland’s S Group is developing to investigate human rights issues in its supply chain, ensuring that the sustainable economic growth, productive employment and decent work that the UN’s Sustainable Development Goal 8 strives for is available to everyone involved in making the products it sells.

KRIBHCO | Supporting Farmers and Cooperatives in Rural India

One of India’s biggest fertilizer-producing cooperatives, KRIBHCO, is working to support other cooperatives with rural development programmes that have so far reached millions of beneficiaries.