The Sustainable Development Goals (SDG's)
On September 25th, 2015, world leaders came together to adopt the most ambitious development agenda in the history of human kind. That day, the peoples of the world committed to work tirelessly towards a future of prosperity for all, dignity for all, and a better planet for all. This pledge, and its 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), is the 2030 Agenda.
The scope and significance of our pledge implies that nobody should be left behind, but it also implies that nobody can stay on the sidelines, if we are to be successful. There is no place for bystanders. We all must work, work hard and work together: governments, private sector, international institutions and civil society.
Fair Trade is an example of the active and inclusive partnerships we need in our pursuit of the SDGs. Fair Trade promotes sustainable and equitable production and consumption patterns that keep our planet healthier and our societies more inclusive. And by better connecting marginalized producers and workers to sustainable value chains, Fair Trade does its fair share to reduce inequalities and help people get out of poverty.
But individual efforts by people, firms or associations will never be enough. Public policies are needed to create the right incentives for markets to deliver growth and development for all, while preserving the planet.