About the project
The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), Global Goals, are a universal call to action to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure that all people enjoy inclusion, peace and prosperity. To address and tackle social, economic and global issues, and help countries, governments and societies in combating them, SDGs define global priorities and aspirations for 2030 for the planet to "eliminate extreme discrimination, poverty and put the humanity on a path of sustainability". In order to help companies contribute to the realization of the SDGs, UN created ''The SDG Compass", as United Nation stated "it presents five steps for companies to maximize their contribution to the SDGs". Still, this is only the beginning and companies need more knowledge. This project wishes to be a part of the solution.
Today, technology analyzes unstructured “abstract” data, such as social performance, as the most important one. In the end, it helps companies see the tangible contribution in achieving SDGs - precisely this will be in the focus when
it comes to exchanging the best practices of companies in MS, in order to educate European adults; companies and decision makers.
The main objectives of SociSDGs are:
•Increasing the capacity of the organizations in the consortium to work at a transeuropean level.
•The exchange of good practices in order to increase the knowledge and awareness of the target groups about the importance of SDGs, their social component, emphasizing impacts and integration as a part of the measurement of the SDGs.
• The creation of a collaborative online and offline platform form for companies, decision makers and society.
• The creation of nine webinars, each dedicated to specific social SDG.
• The creation of a social SDGs Handbook in .pdf format that summarizes the webinars.
Project SociSDGs is focused on achieving greater awareness and knowledge of adults, companies and decision makers when it comes to the measurement and the implementation of social SDGs to business strategies, as well as the overall matter of sustainable development in MS connected to the SDGs. Since there is a lack of education of adults when it comes to this topic, especially unified educational tool that would facilitate the learning, consortium is established of nine renowned partners that all enjoy great reputation in sustainability and education of adults, entrepreneurs and managers. All partners have a wide network of stakeholders in this area and the possibility to affect their communities. Project will also include nine different companies and nine decision makers with experience in social SDGs.
The project SociSDGs will include several types of activities. Three two-day transnational project meetings (TPM) will be held in order to evaluate the project progress, depending on a phase: one in the beginning to officially begin the project, one in the middle to follow the current projects progress and one in the end to evaluate the overall project and present the results. Learning activities (LA), five short-term joint staff training events will be 5-day education activities for exchanging practices when it comes to measuring companies social impact and inclusion, and measuring the integration of socially-oriented SDGs in their business models that are built upon the UN guidelines, in order to achieve better understanding of this issue and help companies improve their work and active participation in the sustainable development. Methodology used in every activity will be twofold: in the first part consortium will focus on the presentation of examples, which will be followed by the discussion, interactive workshop and working on the creation of nine webinars and a social SDG handbook. In order to successfully disseminate the project, project partners during 24 months will organize and participate in different multiplier events, as well promote the project through various on-line tools.
The project will contribute to the realization of strategy Europe 2020 on EU level because it will result with increased adult, companies and decision makers education about measuring their social impact when it comes to SDGs as well as measuring the integration of socially-oriented SDGs in their business models in order to actively participate in assuring sustainable development and social inclusion in business sector.
Participants and their organizations will through exchange of practices increase the knowledge of the mentioned topics, meaning that they will gain precious knowledge of trends in sustainability that will facilitate the development of their work and educational competences, as well as adaption to current and future working conditions. Participants of the project will understand the importance on non-formal education that enhances their abilities as adult educators, as it will enable them the creation of educational deliverables that are needed in their future educational, consulting and collaborative work.