The United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) can help you
The United Nations SDGs are a suite of 17 goals that aim to solve the most urgent needs facing communities around the world, by 2030. They provide a common platform of metrics for businesses from all sectors and governments of all sizes to work towards in pursuit of sustainable development.
What are the biggest vulnerabilities of your water, stormwater, and/or wastewater infrastructure to current and future climate change impacts?
For businesses and communities around the world, a reliable source of water is critical to everything from supply chains to food security, but these are increasingly under threat. SDG #6 sets targets for achieving equitable access to water and sanitation for all, protecting water ecosystems from pollution, and increasing water-use efficiency and integrated water resources management.
Read how Stantec is employing innovation technology and policy for water infrastructure.
Stantec's SDG Focus
What does the roadmap to net zero carbon look like for your assets and communities?
By making us rethink the infrastructure underpinning how we live, work, and fundamentally communicate with each other, the 4th industrial revolution is an opportunity to rewrite sustainable development. From carbon neutral manufacturing to climate resilient infrastructure enabling every person access to job opportunities, to Smart Cities and communities, SDG #9 describes the immense potential for industry and infrastructure to reach even the most ambitious goals.
Explore how Stantec is using innovation to drive positive change.
How could your project be designed to strengthen the sustainability of the community it serves through increasing energy efficiency, reducing water use, and ensuring resiliency?
The pandemic, economic downturn and climate crisis have highlighted both the current inequalities and the opportunities within cities for improving the quality of life for people across all demographics. SDG #11 provides a lens to make sure these decisions result in development that will be sustainable in a future of increasing challenges.
Learn how Stantec is shaping the future of cities and communities.
Will your project improve equitable access to green space, recreation amenities, schooling, and job opportunities within a reasonable walking distance and/or via accessible, reliable public transit?
Companies and countries alike face physical risks, transitional risks, but also abundant business opportunities for those who take meaningful action to avoid greenhouse gas emissions and strengthen the climate resiliency of their supply chain partners and communities. SDG #13 sets targets for education, policies and action that result in climate change mitigation, adaptation, and emergency preparedness.
Learn how Stantec is helping clients take action on climate mitigation and adaptation.
Has the relationship between this project, your sustainability commitments (e.g., Science Based Targets, carbon neutral and net zero commitments), and emerging ESG regulations been discussed?
Marine ecosystems around the world are threatened by pollution from waste – notably plastics, untreated wastewater, and other sources of toxic chemicals. All businesses and communities play a role in creating this pollution, even if indirectly, which means they can also use the targets found in SDG #14 to find an opportunity in circular economy innovations that avoid or reduce waste and pollution.
Explore how Stantec is helping protect coastal communities and marine environments.
How can this project protect marine resources adjacent and downstream while incorporating circular economy waste management principles?
From forests and wetlands to agricultural fields and freshwater ecosystems, protecting these lands is fundamental to not just business continuity but human survival. And they are all under threat. SDG #15 can help you reduce the use of new raw materials, look for additionality opportunities, and understand how natural capital valuations show a clear business case for investing in the protection and restoration of our land.
See how Stantec is using nature-based solutions to restore and protect ecosystems.
How can the scope and activities of this project be designed to protect all natural ecosystems on this site and beyond, preferably through nature-based solutions?
Carbon-related regulations and public scrutiny of fossil fuel use are increasing, and conventional energy sources are experiencing increased supply disruptions and costs. The topics and targets of SDG #7 describe how to be successful in the energy transition – from innovative clean energy technologies to funding clean energy R&D.
Understand how Stantec is helping our clients transition to clean energy.
Learn more about what Stantec offers as your sustainable development partner
Stantec supports all 17 SDGs, but to be most successful in advancing progress, we focus on the 7 where we have the most direct influence and significant impact.
No matter where you are on the journey towards an equitable and sustainable future, ask the following questions to explore how the SDGs can be part of your roadmap. And how Stantec can help.