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The Relationship between CSR and Sustainable Development Goals

Our planet faces considerable economic, social and environmental challenges. On September 25th, 2015, 193 countries agreed and adopted a set of goals as part of a new global sustainable development agenda. The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) define global priorities for 2030 and represent an opportunity to put the world on a sustainable path. There are 17 goals in total, each with a number of targets, totalling 169 targets across the 17 goals.


The Goals cover the three dimensions of sustainable development: economic growth, social inclusion and environmental protection. They aim to address inequalities, economic growth, decent jobs, cities and human settlements, industrialization, oceans, ecosystems, energy, climate change, sustainable consumption and production, peace and justice.

Government, the business sector, as well as civil society and the public, all have an important role to play in delivering the global goals for Sustainable Development. In Ireland, a whole of Government approach is being taken in delivering these goals, with the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment having lead responsibility for the promotion and oversight of national implementation of the SDGs across Government. Relevant Government Departments and relevant public bodies will engage with businesses and stakeholder to achieve and deliver the SDGs for Ireland.

Successful implementation of the global goals across all sectors, will support Ireland’s objective to deliver a high-skilled, competitive economy that benefits people throughout Ireland. It will also support delivery of our ambition that Ireland will be recognized as a Centre of Excellence for responsible and sustainable business practice.