Co-operatives and the Sustainable Development Goals

The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are a universal call to action to end poverty, protect the planet and improve the lives and prospects of everyone, everywhere.

About the course:

In 2015, the United Nations set out the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, which has been adopted by all member states and provides a shared blueprint for peace and prosperity for people and the planet, now and into the future.

At its heart are 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which are an urgent call for action by all countries - developed and developing - in a global partnership.

Since the SDGs were introduced in 2015, co-operatives around the world have been collecting evidence that demonstrates how, as values-driven businesses, they can significantly contribute to the reaching them. 

This course has been designed to respond to the interest in the role that co-operatives play in helping to achieve the SDGs and to showcase how co‑operatives can empower people to take control of their own lives, building a fairer world for themselves and their communities. 

  • The course covers the development of the SDGs, and asks questions such as, ‘What are they?’, ‘Who was involved in their creation?’ and ‘What does this have to do with the co-operative movement?’
  • The course aims to demonstrate the various different ways in which the co-op movement is committed to helping meet the SDGs by showcasing a range of case studies from around the world.
  • The course uses a range of activities to highlight each individual goal and examples of the co-ops that contribute to achieving it.

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