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Sustainable Development Goals

Time to step up: Bramston & Associates and the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals

The United Nations Sustainable Development Goals are as ambitious as they are important. For our company, they serve as a cornerstone on the path to meeting our present requirements as well as those for a sustainable future.

With the adoption of the Sustainable Development Goals in 2015, the United Nations brought forward an important and ambitious agenda defining how we want to live in the future. All UN member governments thus pledged to solve global challenges in a sustainable manner. Central efforts are aimed at the international community achieving 17 economic, social, and ecological goals by the year 2030.

The SDGs and Bramston & Associates

As part of our sustainability strategy, we assessed the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) based on their relevance for the company group. This assessment resulted in the sustainability performance of processes and products being clearly assigned to eight relevant SDGs. The measurable indicators are of secondary importance here. People and their stories are put first. This allows efficiency and climate protection improvements to be made tangible and understandable, and it also encourages the same types of action to be taken.

Goal 5: Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls

This goal is about ending all forms of discrimination against women and girls, and protecting them from violence.

In terms of our company, our focus is placed on the equal participation of women in the labor market and the reconciliation of work and family life for women and men by working toward a partnership-based division of tasks in family work.

Goal 7: Ensure access to affordable and clean energy

One of the greatest transformations that we as humans on this planet will have to accomplish in the future is to convert the supply of energy to renewable resources. This means that we must now already use energy as efficiently as possible in order to conserve our planet’s resources and reduce the pressure on energy production.

We are already based on these principles today. We work around the clock to make all our processes, products, and services as energy-efficient as possible. Furthermore we are promoting re-energy from the sea as a viable alternative solution to existing fossil energies.

Goal 8: Promote decent work and sustainable economic growth

Economic growth is the foundation for prosperity in the industrialized countries of the world. It ensures new jobs are created and serves as the basis for an efficient welfare state. We must aim, however, to decouple economic growth from the consumption of resources and energy in the future.

Our day-to-day work concentrates on developing resource-saving technical solutions. We are proud to be an equal opportunity workplace and an affirmative action employer. We are committed to equal employment opportunity regardless of race, color, ancestry, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, age, citizenship, marital status, disability or gender identity.

Goal 9: Build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialization and foster innovation.

We need to promote innovative sustainable technologies and ensure equal and universal access to information and financial markets to meet future challenges. This will bring prosperity, create jobs and make sure that we build stable and prosperous societies across the globe.

As far as possible we are establishing partnerships with small-scale industrial and other enterprises to enable them to access  to financial services, including affordable credit, and their integration into value chains and markets in Africa.

Goal 13: Protect the climate and combat climate change

Global climate change is one of the greatest challenges of the 21st century. It does not stop at national borders and its impacts affect us all. Rapid and ambitious measures to reduce climate-damaging emissions and to adapt to the consequences of climate change are vital for global sustainable development.

We are dedicated to environmental protection. For us, sustainability defines our business on an operational level.

Goal 14: Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development.

Healthy oceans and seas are essential to our existence. They cover 70 percent of our planet and we rely on them for food, energy and water. Yet, we have managed to do tremendous damage to these precious resources. We must protect them by eliminating pollution and overfishing and immediately start to responsibly manage and protect all marine life around the world.

Fisheries and aquaculture offer ample opportunities to reduce hunger and improve nutrition, alleviate poverty, generate economic growth and ensure better use of natural resources. Aquaculture is the fastest-growing food sector and has the potential to produce the fish needed to help meet the demands of a growing population. We are actively working on a Mauritius aquaculture project.