The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are a set of 17 goals that were adopted by the United Nations in 2015. The goals are designed to be a blueprint for a more sustainable and equitable world by 2030. Achieving the SDGs will require a global partnership between individuals, multinationals, and small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs).
While the SDGs are a global effort, SMEs may face more challenges when it comes to adapting to sustainable development. This is due to their limited resources and capacity, as well as their typically higher reliance on traditional, unsustainable business models. However, there are also many opportunities for SMEs to contribute to the SDGs, such as through energy efficiency improvements, the development of sustainable products and services, and the provision of employment and training opportunities in local communities.
WASME is committed to supporting SMEs in understanding the need for and leverage on WASME’s extensive knowledge, global exposure and expertise. We are promoting the SDG agenda in all our activities and platforms to enable SMEs to become more competitive, environment friendly socially responsive, culturally sensitive and ethical in their business practices. In doing so, we hope to provide the right support to SMEs so that they can thrive and contribute to sustainable development.