The need for a fairer and greener economy is clear

Updated: Oct 8

The UN Global Compact Network UK published its Measuring Up 2.0 report (28/09/2022) - reviewing how the UK is performing against the SDGs, the wider policy context, and the historical trends that affect us achieving the Goals.

Commenting on the report, Claire Benson, co-director at SDG Changemakers explained:

“Without wanting to sound too much like the Labour Party Conference manifesto - at SDG Changemakers we believe that the report highlights - and is clear proof of - the need for a fairer and greener economy. One that has the best interests of the whole of the UK at its core, ensuring that no one is left behind.

As they stand, the SDGs (sustainable development goals) are the UK’s to-do list - one that needs a regular check-in to see how much or little we have achieved. As a country, we need to be accountable for them, which means that we do not change any goal posts or reinvent the wheel - in this case, the framework - if we are not quite where we should be.

We need to acknowledge that all the goals and targets are interrelated. For example, the current food system, inflation, and inequalities across the food value chain – such as the price farmers are getting for their products - directly impact land use and quality, biodiversity, and the health and nutrition of the population. In addition, they also have a party to play in the current energy and cost-of-living crisis, which could lead to unseen levels of poverty in this country, at least for the past two decades.