What We Do
The Construction4SDG2030 forum will provide the construction industry with relevant updates and best practices on SDGs, and opportunities for knowledge exchange. The Forum will help to encourage engagement and interaction among members and the wider construction industry. More importantly, the Business Forum will help develop a common understanding of the best approaches in which the construction industry can interact well with the SDGs
Why Construction4SDG2030 Forum
Even though the construction industry can be a key partner in the global effort towards the realisation of the SDGs due to the high impact the industry has on socio-economic development, there is little engagement by businesses in the sector in relation to the role it can play by aligning business strategies with the SDGs.
No such network or forum exists to support the construction industry in playing its role towards the 2030 sustainable development agenda. This is the first of such industry focus network/forum to support construction businesses to take advantage of the opportunities the SDGs present; businesses that align their long term strategies with the SDGs will be efficient and gain competitive advantage.
This forum will change the business as usual culture in the construction industry to a more sustainable practice. The construction4SDG2030 Forum will build the capacity of the UK construction industry through industry workshops/seminar and networking events to enable construction organisation integrate the relevant SDGs into business operations. The network could also ignite local, national, regional and international debate on the role of businesses (especially construction businesses) towards the realisation of the SDGs.
The UN2030 agenda for sustainable development is aimed at addressing the global challenges and the Construction4SDG2030 business forum will work with the construction business community to equip them with the relevant knowledge and skills needed to tackle some of these challenges impacted by the construction industry.
Our approach is to identify, align, integrate, partner and measure the impact of business on the SDGs as illustrated below.
THE SDGS AND THE CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY
In 2015, the 193 member states of the UN adopted the 2030 agenda for sustainable development which set out 17 interlinked Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and 169 targets, supported by 232 indicators aimed at transforming people, protecting the planet and ensure prosperity for future generation. Business organisations of all sizes, sectors and geographical locations have crucial role to play towards the realisation of the SDGs by embracing the opportunities it presents. Businesses should develop solutions that address the global needs through the SDGs; sustainability practices should be integrated into core business decision-making processes. Embedding the SDGs into long-term business strategies position such organisations to minimise potential business risk and provide competitive advantage.
Even though the construction industry activities impact negatively on the environment, the industry can act as a driver towards the realisation of the SDGs. The construction industry is a key partner in the global effort towards the realisation of the sustainable development by 2030 through the adoption of sustainable construction practices. The industry has a critical role to play in a achieving the SDGs; preserving the planet whiles providing job opportunities for the people. Therefore, providing the right platform and forum where construction industry players can share best practice and knowledge on the link between the SDGs and construction will have global impact.
Construction industry business leaders should collaborate with government, industry peers, policymakers and academia to link the SDGs with long-term business strategies and work towards the realisation of the world we want.