Our global context
We operate in a fast-paced world with diverse and complex issues impacting the planet, society and the way we do business. Our success is built on our ability to anticipate and respond to the challenges and opportunities we face today and in the future, partnering with others to find long-term solutions.
Today’s sustainability issues are both globally complex and systemic – meaning the solutions must address interdependencies and interrelationships that cover many different issues and areas. From the rise of automation and digitalisation and their impact on the future workforce, to the shift towards circular models of consumption and production and what that means for traditional manufacturing – every business and every sector needs to respond.
The UN Sustainable Development Goals (UN SDGs) will drive collective action on a global level until 2030. They are also helping to shape how we respond as a business through our sustainability approach and commitments.
This year, in addition to highlighting the strongest links between our 10 Action Areas and respective SDG targets, we have included a comprehensive index that references SDG links throughout the 2018 Sustainable Developement report.
Our reporting focus remains on the six SDGs where we believe we have the greatest impact and the greatest opportunity to make a real and lasting difference: SDGs 7, 8, 9, 12, 13 and 15.
Please read more in our online report where we describe the key global issues affecting society and our business and how our response aligns to the UN SDGs.
Our Growing Responsibly model remains the framework through which we respond to our sustainability challenges and opportunities and is an integral part of our future success. As one of the Group’s strategic value drivers, it shapes our longterm response to sustainability challenges and enables us to demonstrate, monitor and improve our performance across the value chain.
Growing responsibly applies to all our operations group-wide. It is designed to clearly articulate the focus and value of our sustainability commitments to our business and our stakeholders, including employees and contractors, customers, communities, suppliers and others.