How The Diversity Council Works Towards the UN Sustainable Development Goals

The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development was adopted by all United Nations Member States in 2015, as a shared blueprint for peace and prosperity, for people and the planet. Imperative to the agenda’s success are the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) that call upon all nations – developed and developing – to join its global partnership.

The 17 Sustainable Development Goals came into effect in 2016, drafted by world leaders at a historic UN summit. The Goals apply universally and mobilize efforts to end all forms of poverty, fight inequalities and tackle climate change, while ensuring that no one is left behind.

Our initiatives at The Diversity Council work towards the UN Sustainable Development Goals:

  • Goal 5. Gender Equality
  • Goal 10. Reduced Inequalities
  • Goal 17. Partnerships

Our work is directly relevant to goals 5, 10 and 17 as we utilise a strategic public and private sector alliance to strive towards gender parity in the corporate sphere and beyond.


Goal 5. Gender Equality

In 2016, HRH Crown Princess Mary of Denmark raised the flag for Sustainable Development Goal Number 5 in Copenhagen. The goal aims to end all forms of discrimination against all women and girls everywhere, including eliminating violence, ensuring equal leadership opportunities, guaranteeing equal rights, strengthening legislation and valuing unpaid domestic work.

Although steps have been made since 2016, there is still a long way to go. Globally, the percentage of women in single or lower houses of national parliament has increased from 19 per cent in 2010 to around 23 per cent in 2018. Though this marks a movement in the right direction, the pace of change is just not fast enough. The Diversity Council aims to be a diversity accelerator, paving the way for a more balanced talent pipeline and inclusive leadership in both private and public sectors.

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Goal 10. Reduced Inequalities

Sustainable Development Goal Number 10 is characterized by the need to empower and promote the social, economic and political inclusion of all, irrespective of age, sex, disability, race, ethnicity, origin, religion or economic or other status. This can be achieved by eliminating discriminatory policies, adopting inclusive policies and ensuring balanced representation.

Inclusive Leadership is at the core of The Diversity Council’s ethos. It is essential for companies to champion this agenda by eliminating any discriminatory behaviours in recruiting, promotion or advancement. Through the HR workshops and A&B Academy we are working against unconscious bias and showcasing how the corporate sphere can become change-makers and diversity champions.

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Goal 17. Partnerships

Sustainable Development Goal Number 17 seeks to strengthen global partnerships to support and achieve the ambitious targets of the 2030 Agenda, bringing together national governments, the international community, civil society, the private sector and other actors.

 The Diversity Council has been built on the understanding that a corporate alliance increases capacity, voice and impact for all partners involved. By working across industries, we find patterns and best-practise cases that can strengthen partner companies individually, while also promoting a wider inclusive corporate culture across companies.

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