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Sustainable finance and the SDGs

How we’re supporting the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

On 25 September 2015, more than 150 world leaders adopted the Sustainable Development Goals to end poverty, protect the planet, and ensure prosperity for all.  

At Davos on 22nd January 2020, we launched a report we commissioned with Corporate Knights on Measuring sustainability disclosure report. The report ranks the world’s stock exchanges based on their sustainability disclosures. Seven sustainability indicators are considered: employee turnover, energy, greenhouse gas emissions, injury rate, personnel costs, waste and water. 

For the goals to be successfully reached by 2030, everyone needs to play their part. Governments, the private sector, civil society and each and every one of us. We believe businesses like ours have a key role in helping achieve this vision. 

Since issuing our first insurance policy over 300 years ago, we’ve never been afraid to tackle the big issues. With current challenges such as ageing populations and climate change, our ambition needs to be bigger than at any time in our history. 

We believe the Sustainable Development Goals can guide us, our customers, and society towards a brighter, sustainable future.

Aviva is a founding partner of Project Everyone. This initiative, backed by the UN and the Gates Foundation, aims to make everyone aware of the Sustainable Development Goals so they have the best chance of being met. It reached an estimated three billion people through the launch alone.

In September 2018 Aviva launched the World Benchmarking Alliance, along with the Index Initiative and the United Nations Foundation. The Alliance will establish public, transparent and authoritative league tables, ranking companies on their contribution to the Sustainable Development Goals.

The first set of benchmarks will be published in 2020 and will address food and agriculture, climate and energy, digital inclusion and gender equality and empowerment. The alliance is supported by the governments of the UK, the Netherlands and Denmark and was named as one of the 10 winning initiatives at the November 2018 Paris Peace Forum.