I heard from a little bird based at the Sustainable Development Goals desk at the United Nations that
Every job that is created makes our society better or more positive!
And more so, every job created in manufacturing creates 3 other jobs in other sectors.
Do you believe that?
As you wrap your mind around that
Our major goal on this goal is to build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialization and foster innovation.
You might ask why this, of all things happening in our world today….
Economic growth, social development and climate action are heavily dependent on investments in infrastructure, sustainable industrial development and technological progress.
In the face of a rapidly changing global economic landscape and increasing inequalities, sustained growth must include industrialization that first of all, makes opportunities accessible to all people, and two, is supported by innovation and resilient infrastructure.
Now, this is the part where you ask if there is a problem that I might not be conscious about….
Basic infrastructure like roads, information and communication technologies, sanitation, electrical power and water remains scarce in many developing countries.
About 1 to 1.5 billion people, give or take, do not have access to reliable phone services. 3 billion people, give or take, worldwide lack access to basic sanitation and almost 800 million lack access to water.
In developing countries, barely 30 per cent of agricultural production undergoes industrial processing.
So, why should I be concerned? It’s the government’s problem, no!
It’s about our livelihoods.
The growth of new industries means improvement in the standard of living for many of us. Also, if industries pursue sustainability, this approach will have a positive effect on the environment.
Climate change affects all us! I am certain you agree with me on this, by now.
So, how much shall I be forced to part with if I choose to do nothing about it?
The price is steep! Very very STEEP!
Ending poverty would be more difficult, given the industry’s role as a core driver of the global development agenda to eradicate poverty and advance sustainable development.
Additionally, failing to improve infrastructure and promote technological innovation could translate into poor health care, inadequate sanitation and limited access to education.
Is there something I can do? There has to be something….one thing at least.
Establish standards and promote regulations that ensure company projects and initiatives are sustainably managed.
Collaborate with Non-Governmental Organisations and the public sector to help promote sustainable growth within developing countries.
Think about how industry impacts on your life and well-being and use social media to push for policymakers to prioritize the Sustainable Development Goals.