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Sustainable Development Goals. Our contributions.

The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), ratified by UN member states, set forth ambitious global development goals. These include environmental, economic, and social aspects of sustainable development. We are contributing to this effort in a variety of ways.

 

The 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) form a core element of the ambitious and transformative 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development – the first global development agenda to be fully negotiated by all UN member states, adopted in 2015. They range from achieving gender equality and combating climate change to promoting sustainable economic growth, amongst other topics. As the SDGs are based on a participatory process, responsibility for achieving them is shared between states, the private sector, the scientific community and civil society. The target date for the realization of the goals is 2030. The SDGs explicitly call on all businesses to apply their creativity and innovation to solve sustainable development challenges. Beyond that, companies can only achieve long-term success if they operate in an economically stable and socially cohesive environment. Also, the SDGs are anticipated to generate at least USD 12 trillion worth of market opportunities.

Credit Suisse and the SDGs

Credit Suisse be­lieves that it is in the in­terest of both our or­gan­iz­a­tion and our cli­ents for us to de­velop and sup­port meas­ures that con­trib­ute to a more sus­tain­able eco­nomy. Since the in­tro­duc­tion of the SDGs by the UN, we have been pur­su­ing activ­it­ies de­signed to con­trib­ute to their real­iz­a­tion in our role as a global fin­an­cial in­sti­tu­tion. Credit Suisse does so in vari­ous ways, in­clud­ing in our role as a fin­an­cial in­ter­me­di­ary and em­ployer. Fur­ther­more, we have been act­ive in the sus­tain­able in­vest­ment space for more than 16 years. We are con­stantly broad­en­ing our sus­tain­able in­vest­ment of­fer­ing and align­ing it more and more closely with the SDGs. Other activ­it­ies in sup­port of the SDGs in­clude our en­vir­on­mental man­age­ment sys­tem as well as our long-standing global ini­ti­at­ives in edu­ca­tion and fin­an­cial in­clu­sion.

Apart from act­ive sup­port, com­pan­ies can con­trib­ute to achiev­ing the SDGs by ad­dress­ing po­ten­tial neg­at­ive im­pacts on people and the en­vir­on­ment. Our focus on sustainability risk management can help us to re­duce po­ten­tial neg­at­ive im­pacts that cer­tain busi­ness activ­it­ies might have on the real­iz­a­tion of the SDGs.

 

Overview of our activities relating to selected SDG goals

We annually report on our contribution to the realization of the SDGs in our Corporate Responsibility Report.