BIDBI supports the UN's SDG #UNDAY

  • Christina Dymiotis
  • 23rd October 2021

 

The United Nations 17 Sustainability Development Goals; is a call to action for the world. They include the most pressing challenges and opportunities facing humanity and the natural world. As a leading printing facility, BIDBI has established various procedures and initiatives, working towards the UN SDG’s. Read along to find out more about the UN, SDGs and BIDBI’s correlation.  

  

What is the UN and #UNDay?  

On the 24th of October, we celebrate UN Day, which marks the anniversary of the UN’s entry into force in 194524 October has been celebrated as United Nations Day since 1948. In 1971, the United Nations General Assembly recommended that the day be observed by the Member States as a public holiday. 

There is no other global organisation with the legitimacy, convening power and normative impact of the United Nations. Today, the urgency for all countries to come together, to fulfil the promise of the nations united, has never been greater.

What are the sustainable development goals (SDGs)?

The United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (UN SDGs, also known as the Global Goals) are 17 goals with 169 targets that all UN Member States have agreed to work towards achieving by the year 2030. 

The 17 UN SDG’s are listed below:  

BIDBI and UN’s SDG’s  

The UN’s 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) seek to address the world’s biggest challenges. We welcome the SDGs and will play our part in helping governments and societies to achieve them. Our efforts mostly focus on SDG’s 1,2,6, 13 and 14. 

1 – No Poverty & 2- Zero Hunger: BIDBI only works with accredited factories promoting fair living wages. Furthermore, by being Fairtrade accredited we can ensure that workers throughout our supply chain are paid a fair wage and are not exploited by their employers. This fair wage means that workers will avoid poverty and can provide for their families. Through earning fair wages workers can afford to feed themselves and their families. We also donate to local food banks to help the community; 5,700 bags have been donated in 2021 to local food banks in Sheffield.   

6 – Clean Water and Sanitation: in order to fulfil our organic promise and accreditation we aim to minimise as much as possible our toxic and chemical waste into the water supply. We ensure this by checking that all water leaving our facilities passes through a water filtration system which eliminates toxic matter within the water system. In addition to this, BIDBI has installed a water filtration and recycling system that is used for the cleaning of the screens.  

13 – Climate Action: climate action is at the heart of our business model. Within our factories, we have motion sensor light fittings meaning that power is only used when needed. Furthermore, we regularly donate our misprints and duplicates to local foodbank and charities. In this way, we provide charities with a sustainable alternative to plastic bags and ensure our 'less than perfect' bags don't end up in landfills as part of our Circular Economy Scheme. Even more recently, we have donated 3000 bags to the S6 Foodbank which is based here in Sheffield. These bags are being used to package food parcels which will be used to deliver food as part of their Holiday Hunger Programme.

14 – Life Below Water: in our mission to eliminate plastics we are aware of the negative impact that plastics have on marine life once they enter the water system, and that is a major factor in our mission. BIDBI produces reusable, robust products, reducing the need for plastic items that clutter our oceans. As a GOTS accredited business, all the ingredients and materials used in the printing process is not harmful to the ocean and sea life. 

 

Concluding thoughts 

Even though, we are a SME we still do our bit to support the UN’s sustainability goals. Every company, regardless of its size and sector, should implement strategies that are working towards the all-important SDGs.  The long-term effects will be transformative—businesses just need to take the first steps to align themselves with the UN SDG.