The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), adopted by the United Nations (U.N.) General Assembly in September 2015, are a universal call to action to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure all people enjoy peace and prosperity.
Support for SDGs
The SDGs are a set of 17 ambitious, interrelated objectives, along with associated targets (169 total) and indicators (244), established to advance the U.N. 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. At Dell, we support the 2030 Agenda, and believe that technology will play a key role in transforming our world. This is reflected in our commitment to drive human progress by putting our technology and expertise to work where it can do the most good for people and the planet. Accordingly, we have sought to gain a better understanding of how we can contribute to the achievement of the SDGs.
Dell sponsored a study by Arizona State University’s Global Sustainability Solutions Services to determine if the information and communications technology (ICT) industry would play a critical role in achieving the SDGs. If so, the study also aimed to identify a meaningful way to measure the impact. The study concluded that the ICT industry will be an enabler and accelerator of SDG solutions. However, the lack of available data at the SDG indicator level and country level makes it challenging to conduct rigorous assessments on the industry’s potential impact. Further research is needed to bridge this gap. The study’s main outcome was the development of the ICT-SDG Impact Assessment Framework, which will help organizations in the ICT industry to strategically map their efforts to the SDGs.
We recognize we have a lot more work to do and are encouraged by the unique opportunity we have as we begin Dell’s 2030 goal planning process, using the SDGs framework to guide and inform our priorities.
In FY18, we published a white paper in which we framed our point of view on the SDGs and identified the next actions we would take. We began our assessment of the relationship between Dell’s 2020 Legacy of Good goals, our initiatives and the SDGs’ framework. Through this assessment we confirmed that we have initiatives that support all 17 SDGs (in some cases more directly than others). In addition, we made a commitment to SDG14: Life Below Water as part of our work around the use of ocean-bound plastics.
We see a special link between our efforts and the following SDGs:
As we continue our assessment process, we are evaluating SDG indicators, analyzing the links between them and identifying SDG areas where we have the potential to effect change through collaboration, capability building, etc. We recognize we have a lot more work to do and are encouraged by the unique opportunity we have as we begin Dell’s 2030 goal planning process, using the SDGs framework to guide and inform our priorities. In this way, we expect to focus our efforts and resources in the areas in which we can drive the most impact in the long term.