The role of companies in Agenda 2030

With the adoption of 2030 Agenda, the United Nations counts on the business and private sectors to ensure this ambitious international agreement succeeds.

  • Sustainability

Department of Corporate Responsibility and Quality

The adoption of the 2030 Agenda, which will lay out the path for sustainable development at a global level over the next fifteen years, has meant that for the first time the United Nations will definitively count on contributions from the business and the private sectors to ensure the success of this ambitious international agreement.

The UN proposes five dimensions of the 17 objectives, People, Prosperity, Planet, Peace and Partnerships, to transform the world from now until 2030. It also invites the business sector, through local networks of the Global Compact, to make a commitment and take a leading role in this transformation, developing corporate sustainability strategies that promote inclusive economic growth, progress and equal opportunity and environmental protection. Ban Ki-moon, Secretary General of the United Nations, reiterated the key role to be played by business in the success of each of the global goals in the meeting organised by the Global Compact Spanish Network this October, a meeting in which Red Eléctrica was represented by its CEO, John Lasala.

The Global Compact Spanish Network, an organisation that leads the collective movement in Spain, carried out a collaborative analysis process on the opportunities offered by our country regarding collaboration in pursuit of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) between the private sector (companies, educational institutions or third sector) and the public sector. The results of this study are contained in the publication España como agente motor de la Agenda de Desarrollo 2030, which also sets out the priorities identified for the Spanish private sector. These projects include the empowerment of women, education, health, water and sanitation, energy, good governance, human rights and accountability.

Red Eléctrica, as the sole transmission agent and operator and the Spanish electricity system, is aware of its key position in the energy sector and as a company committed to sustainability, and is actively involved in the development of a sustainable energy future. The Company structures its objectives and commitments in this area through its Corporate Responsibility Plan.

Many of the commitments undertaken by Red Eléctrica in this plan have a direct relationship with the priorities of the Spanish private sector towards achieving the Sustainable Development Goals. Thus, the Company is active in the fields of energy as well as in technology and infrastructure modernisation, priorities underlined in the scope ‘planet and prosperity’, impacting on objectives 7, 9 and 13. In addition, the Company is openly committed to actions identified as priorities, such as transparency and good governance, the protection of biodiversity, or equal opportunities and the work-life balance, among others, that are aligned to a lesser or greater degree with other Sustainable Development Goals.