Sustainable development: companies must play their part
This year, world sustainable development week coincides with the eighth anniversary of the 2030 Agenda, a sustainable development program formalized by the UN and adopted by its Member States. For this occasion, Olivier Andriès, CEO of Safran, has co-signed an article reminding us that companies must also play their part in upholding these commitments.
17 sustainable development goals for 2030
In September 2015, the United Nations’ (UN) 193 Member States adopted a sustainable development program for 2030. Named the 2030 Agenda, its vision is to transform the world, and is centered on the eradication of poverty and the transition towards sustainable development for people, the planet, prosperity, peace and through partnerships.
The 2030 Agenda is structured around 17 sustainable development goals. Established during the Rio 2012 conference, they have, once again, been adapted to fall within the framework of the 2030 Agenda. These interdependent sustainable development goals cover the totality of development issues in all countries, such as the climate, biodiversity, energy, water, poverty, gender equality, economic prosperity, as well as peace, agriculture, education, etc. Today, at the agenda’s midpoint, only 18% of the targets set out in the 2030 Agenda are on track to be met.
“Ensuring a sustainable future is a collective responsibility”
For this reason, alongside players from the private sector, Safran has taken action to achieve the UN’s sustainable development goals. As a signatory of the United Nations Global Compact (a non-binding pact to get companies to adopt the universal UN framework since 2014), Safran contributes to 13 of the UN’s 17 sustainable development goals. As such, the Group is among the companies that have joined the initiative encouraging business ethics based on respect for human rights, labor law, the environment and the fight against corruption. “Although companies can’t do everything, they must play their part. Ensuring a sustainable future is a collective responsibility, and the 2030 Agenda should serve as a guide for our actions,” writes Olivier Andriès, alongside the other signatories of an article in the newspaper La Tribune, dated September 25, 2023.
Safran’s CSR strategy: to contribute to the UN’s sustainable development goals
Engage for the Future, the Group’s CSR strategy, is structured around initiatives deployed worldwide throughout all sites, and which contribute to making the company and value chain more responsible, while steering it on the path to sustainable development.
Through the four pillars of the Engage for the Future strategy, Safran contributes to the following sustainable development goals:
3. Good health and well-being
4. Quality education
5. Gender equality
6. Clean water and sanitation
7. Affordable and clean energy
8. Decent work and economic growth
9. Industry, innovation and infrastructure
10. Reduced inequalities
12. Responsible consumption and production
13. Climate action
15. Life on land
16. Peace, justice and strong institutions
17. Partnerships for the goals
More specifically, the Group contributes to 169 targets set out in these goals, and details in its Universal Registration Document the actions taken to achieve them.
Finally, as a signatory of the United Nations Global Compact, Safran is committed to respecting and promoting in all its practices the principles relating to respect for human rights, international labor standards, the environment and the fight against corruption. Safran is committed to the efficient implementation of these principles by publishing a yearly report on the United Nations Global Compact website. Safran has achieved Global Advanced Compact status, the highest standard in terms of CSR performance.