Protect, restore and promote sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems, sustainably manage forests, combat desertification, and halt and reverse land degradation and halt biodiversity loss
Land degradation, deforestation and desertification – caused by human activities and climate change – pose big challenges to sustainable development and undermine the livelihoods of millions of people.
This SDG has several 2030 targets to which every company can contribute. These targets aim to ensure the conservation, restoration and sustainable use of terrestrial and inland freshwater ecosystems; halt deforestation, substantially increase reforestation, combat desertification and restore degraded land and soil; ensure the conservation of mountain ecosystems and reduce the degradation of natural habitats; halt the loss of biodiversity and protect and prevent the extinction of threatened species; take urgent action to end poaching and trafficking of protected species; and prevent the introduction of invasive alien species.
Every Future-Fit Business must avoid slowing down progress toward this SDG by:
Using water in an environmentally responsible and socially equitable way and actively encouraging suppliers to do the same.
This ensures that freshwater resources are used in a sustainable way, to prevent desertification and protect ecosystems.Learn more about Break-Even Goal 02
Using natural resources that derive from sources that respect communities, ecosystems and animals.
This ensures that any natural resources the business relies on (e.g. those embedded in its products) are obtained without degrading the terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems which contribute to their delivery (e.g ensuring wood-based inputs come from sustainably-managed forests, avoiding the use of bio-based resources which could be harvested from the wild and whose origin cannot be traced).Learn more about Break-Even Goal 03
Procurement of goods and services does not hinder progress.
The environmental and social footprints of a company’s supply chain affect society’s progress towards many of the global challenges that the SDGs seek to address. By taking steps to increase the fitness of its supply chain, the company encourages actions that support the related SDGs.Learn more about Break-Even Goal 04
Eliminating operational emissions that harm people or the environment and actively encouraging suppliers to do the same.
This ensures that business operations do not emit harmful substances into air (e.g. chemicals harmful to bees), land (e.g. chemicals which degrade the soil) and water (e.g. effluents released directly into watersheds).Learn more about Break-Even Goal 05
Ensuring operations do not encroach on ecosystems or communities and actively encouraging suppliers to do the same.
This ensures that the physical presence of business operations does not undermine the health of critical ecosystems (e.g. eliminating the conversion of primary forests and wetlands, protecting the environment from invasive alien species.Learn more about Break-Even Goal 08
Investing in assets that do not hinder progress.
The environmental and social footprints of a company’s investments affect society’s progress towards many of the global challenges that the SDGs seek to address. By taking steps to increase the fitness of its financial assets, the company encourages actions that support the related SDGs.Learn more about Break-Even Goal 23
Any Future-Fit Business may actively speed up progress toward this SDG by:
Ensuring others depend less on inadequately-managed natural resources.
Ensuring terrestrial resources are adequately managed prevents ecosystem degradation and protects future resource availability.Learn more about Positive Pursuit 05
Ensuring others generate fewer harmful emissions.
Preventing harmful emissions that end up degrading terrestrial ecosystems increases the health of these ecosystems and halts biodiversity loss.Learn more about Positive Pursuit 08
Ensuring harmful emissions are removed from the environment.
Neutralizing the effects of harmful emissions that end up degrading terrestrial ecosystems, increases the health of these ecosystems and halts biodiversity loss.Learn more about Positive Pursuit 09
Ensuring others cause less ecosystem degradation.
Preventing the degradation of terrestrial ecosystems protects biodiversity and reduces overconsumption of natural resources.Learn more about Positive Pursuit 12
Ensuring ecosystems are restored.
Restoring terrestrial ecosystems protects biodiversity and future resource availability.Learn more about Positive Pursuit 13
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