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#107 What are the Sustainable Development Goals? Part 2


In 2015, world leaders came together to create 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDG’s) which aim to tackle various social, economic and environmental issues, to build a better world by 2030.

What you may not be aware of is the fact that ISO Standards play a big part in the journey towards a better future. Many commonly used ISO Standards already meet certain goals, with more in development.

This is part 2 of our 2-part series on the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals and the ISO standards that support them. 

Today, Mel explains the 7 remaining SDGs, the ISO standards that relate to them and how organisations can meet these goals…

You’ll learn

  • The ISO standards that relate to the sustainable development goals.
  • How to align your business with the SDG’s.
  • The ISO standards that can help you meet the last 7 SDGs.
  • Details of the final 7 SDGs and the ISO standards that relate to them.
  • How we define what best practice is.
  • How ISO standards are developed.


In this episode, we talk about:

[00:46] The Sustainable Development Goals set out by the UN.

[02:27] How ISO 9001 and 14001 relate to the SDGs.

[02:56] Goal 10 (Reduced inequalities) and how ISO 26000 (Guidance for social responsibility) relates to it.

[06:04] Goal 11 (Sustainable cities and communities) and the series of standards ISO 37101, ISO 37120, ISO 37122, ISO 37123, and ISO 22301 that can help meet this goal.

[07:50] Goal 12 (Responsible consumption and production) and the related standards ISO 14020 Series, ISO 15392, and ISO 20245.

[10:42] Goal 13 (Climate Action) and the standards that help with climate change and greenhouse gases ISO 14001, ISO 14064, ISO 14067, and PAS 2060.

[14:14] Goal 14 (Life underwater) and the 250 sustainability-related Standards dedicated to Shipping, port waste management and protection of marine life.

[15:30] Goal 15 (Life on land) and the related standards ISO 14001 and ISO 38200.

[16:27] Goal 16 (Peace, justice and strong institutions) and the standards that support this goal ISO 37001, ISO 37301, and ISO 37000.

[18:18] Goal 17 (Partnerships for the goals) and it’s relevance to ISO Standards.

[19:43] How ISO standards are developed.

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