In 2021 the PIANC ANZ Board embarked on a process to align PIANC ANZ with a common framework for sustainability, led by Board Member Jackie Spiteri, with the support of 2021 Board Observer Anna Gudkov.
The Board identified eight of the 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as being the most relevant to the PIANC ANZ mission, objectives and activities.
Of the eight SDGs identified, four have been prioritised to identify where PIANC ANZ can make the greatest impact. These are SDG4 – Quality Education, SDG9 – Industry Innovation and Infrastructure, SDG 13 – Climate Change, and SDG 17 – Partnerships for the Goals.
The other four identified Goals are SDG 5 – Gender Equality, SDG 10 – Reduced Inequalities, SDG 14 – Life Below Water and SDG 15 – Life on Land.
“Now that the relevant SDGs and associated targets have been identified by the Board,” says Jackie Spiteri, “our aim is to develop a series of specific, measurable, achievable and relevant PIANC ANZ targets that will form our PIANC ANZ SDG Strategy. The Strategy will focus on the themes of Resilience, Education, Diversity and Inclusion, Governance and Communication and seek to create shared value for all of our stakeholders.”
About the Goals:
The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), adopted by all United Nations Member States in 2015, are a call for action by all countries – developed and developing – in a global partnership to achieve a better and more sustainable future for all people and the world by 2030.
The 17 social, environmental, and economic goals are underpinned by 169 targets, and provide a sustainability roadmap for the next 10 years. The goals are universal & integrated — strategies that improve health and education, reduce inequality, and spur economic growth are integrated with tackling climate change and working to preserve our oceans and forests.
There is a strong focus on business leadership and multi-stakeholder partnerships. PIANC International, as a founding Partner of the World Ports Sustainability Program is committed to achieving the SDGs, while the International Maritime Organization (IMO) has identified 15 goals impacted by its work, and several global ports are including SDGs in whole-of-port strategic plans and sustainability reports.