Sustainable Development Goals

The UN Environment’s sixth Global Environment Outlook (2019) calls on global decision makers to take immediate action to address critical environmental issues and achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as well as other Internationally Agreed Environment Goals, such as the Paris Agreement.

The SDGs aim to shape the action taken by governments and influence the expectations of consumers, communities, and society at large. Businesses have a critical role to play, and those that choose to ignore the SDGs or delay their response may miss the opportunities they present and be more exposed to unwelcome risk.

How can Earthwatch help?

Earthwatch is uniquely placed to support businesses in their responses to the SDGs. Our strong scientific background and extensive experience working in partnership with commercial enterprise has helped us develop interdisciplinary programs that reach across many of the SDGs. We help our partners understand how they can focus on material issues and collect and support business-relevant science aligned to their SDG priorities.

Our approach engages with employees and other stakeholders to inspire action and connect them to tangible business sustainability objectives. This helps increase the significance and impact of global programs at local level, and empowers businesses and their staff to make a direct contribution to the SDGs.

International Union for Conservation of Nature

Earthwatch Australia is a member of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN). The IUCN is a membership Union uniquely composed of both government and civil society organisations. It gives public, private and non-government organisations the knowledge and tools they need to enable human progress, economic development and nature conservation to take place together.

The IUCN is the global authority on the status of the natural world and the measures needed to safeguard it.

New Plastics Economy Global Commitment

Earthwatch Australia is a signatory to the New Plastics Economy Global Commitment.

By 2050, there could be more plastic than fish in the ocean. We know that cleaning up the beaches is vital, but the real problem with plastic starts long before it reaches our oceans and beaches, and so must the solutions. The Global Commitment is about businesses, governments and communities working together to eliminating plastic pollution at its source.

The real question is not whether a world without plastic pollution is possible, but what we will do together to make it happen.