The commitment and involvement of companies in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) set in the 2030 Agenda is essential to achieve a better and more sustainable world.
A little over three years ago the United Nations Sustainable Development Summit was held in New York, where the 2030 Agenda was approved, which is the most ambitious action plan ever developed in favor of people, living beings and our planet. This Agenda marks 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), of universal application and that should be the basis on which countries legislate and focus their efforts to achieve a more sustainable world in 2030.
In order to achieve these objectives, the involvement of all actors in society is required and demanded: political, social, and, of course, business actors. In fact, the involvement of the business world in the implementation of the 2030 Agenda is essential to achieve the goals set by the SDGs.
SII Concatel, as a committed company, have made our challenge to promote, from the private sector, the 2030 Agenda. That is why, since last 2014, we are part of The Spanish Network of the Global Compact and in recent years we have worked for some of these SDGs, culminating in 2019 with an active contribution to the achievement of 6 of these.
Our contribution to the SDGs
Although we contribute indirectly to the 17 SDGs through the way we carry out our business activity, we believe that, given our idiosyncrasy as a company, we can be very strong in some of these objectives. That is why we have analyzed which of them are more relevant to the company and in which we can provide more value. Thus, our efforts have focused on achieving SDG 3 (Good Health and Well-being), SDG 5 (Gender Equality), SDG 8 (Decent Work and Economic Growth), SDG 10 (Reduction Inequalities), SDG 13 (Climate Action), and finally SDG 14 (Life below Water). This last objective has been worked together with our employees and the CRAM Foundation (Marine Animal Recovery Center) during this 2019.
SDG 13: underwater life and the CRAM Foundation
At SII Concatel, we believe that all local actions are the ones that really contribute to global improvements. That is why we have collaborated with the CRAM Foundation (Marine Animal Recovery Center), a private non-profit organization, based in Barcelona, dedicated to the protection of the marine environment and the species that inhabit it. The CRAM Foundation carries out tasks to contribute to the fight against threats to marine biodiversity. They recover and reintroduce specimens of endangered species in their natural habitat, improve rescue protocols for marine fauna, attend marine animals victims of stranding, capture or accidental fishing, and work for the conservation of the oceans.
Its lines of action are the clinic and rescue of marine fauna, the research and conservation of marine species and ecosystems, and awareness in favor of the conservation of our seas and oceans. The CRAM has a leading recovery center and a technical and human team specially prepared for assistance to marine species. In addition, it has the Vell Marí, one of the few scientific sailboats dedicated to the exploration of the marine environment.
Last October, SII Concatel launched a solidarity campaign among all its employees in order to raise funds for the CRAM Foundation and contribute to the maintenance and improvement of the center. In this campaign, SII Concatel undertook to match the amount collected and, therefore, double the donation to said Foundation. This campaign, which was underway for more than three months, had a great reception among all the employees of the company. In addition, all persons who so desired could collaborate in different ways in the Foundation, such as sponsoring a turtle or volunteering at the CRAM. Thus, given the great success of the campaign, we will continue working in this line with the objective of working for all the SDGs and thus contribute to the construction of a better, fairer and more sustainable world.