Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all
Education is the cornerstone of a healthy society. It empowers people to improve their lives and futures, and affords them the knowledge and competencies necessary for sustainable development.
This SDG has several 2030 targets to which every company can contribute. These targets aim to ensure that all girls and boys complete free primary and secondary education, and have access to quality early childhood development and care; secure equal access for all women and men to affordable and quality technical, vocational and tertiary education; substantially increase the number of youth and adults who have relevant skills for decent jobs and entrepreneurship; eliminate disparities in education; and ensure that all youth and a substantial proportion of adults achieve literacy and numeracy.
Every Future-Fit Business must avoid slowing down progress toward this SDG by:
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
Paying its employees a living wage and actively encouraging suppliers to do the same.
This ensures that workers across the value chain can afford access to basic services – including primary and secondary education for their children – and that their income is sufficient for them to send their children to school, not work.Learn more about Break-Even Goal 11
Offering its employees fair employment terms and actively encouraging suppliers to do the same.
This ensures that workers across the value chain are offered reasonable working hours and financially supported parental leave, thus affording them enough time and resources to foster early childhood development.Learn more about Break-Even Goal 12
Eliminating employee discrimination and actively encouraging suppliers to do the same.
This ensures that workers across the value chain, including women and minority groups, have equal access to employment, training and advancement opportunities.Learn more about Break-Even Goal 13
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 people's capabilities are strengthened.
Ensuring that more girls and boys have access to quality education and that people have access to technical, vocational or higher education, to build relevant skills and strengthen people’s capacities to engage in productive activities.Learn more about Positive Pursuit 17
Ensuring individual freedoms are upheld for more people.
Eliminating discriminatory practices that prevent people from having access to education or training program fosters inclusivity and equity.Learn more about Positive Pursuit 19
Encouraging social norms to increasingly support the pursuit of future-fitness.
Ensuring that all learners acquire the knowledge and skills needed to promote sustainable development fosters social norms conducive to a healthy society and environment.Learn more about Positive Pursuit 24
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