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Make an impact on the community
As an entrepreneur, you sometimes see solutions that can help your community, whether the focus is on vulnerable groups or protecting the Aruban flora and fauna. Entrepreneurs can offer solutions for their community while making a profit, or non-profit NGOs can become more sustainable by being more entrepreneurial.
Corporate social responsibility
A company can take different initiatives to make an impact on the community:
- general donations;
- organizing volunteer activities for the employees of the company;
- using ethically produced products;
- financing a promotional campaign that is related to a good cause;
- donating to a charitable organization based on products sold; or
- financing a behavior change campaign.
How can I become a social entrepreneur?;
- by using innovation to respond to social needs and by using my financial resources and/or another type of resources of my business model, without any profit (break-even);
- by using the profit of some of my commercial activities to support operations that have a social or community purpose;
- by designing a company that brings about a social change and is profitable.
Everything you should know about SDGs
In September 2015, 193 countries adopted the Global Goals for Sustainable Development, today called the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), at a historic UN Summit. In the new agreement entitled “Transforming our World: The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development”, 17 SDGs and 169 targets were agreed on to achieve three extraordinary things in the next 15 years: to eradicate extreme poverty, to fight inequality and injustice and to fix climate change.
As part of the Dutch Kingdom, Aruba also voluntarily committed to this agreement in 2015, as these global SDGs are in line with the Aruban vision and policy. Therefore, creating awareness of sustainability is an important step to implement the SDGs and government policies.
To implement and monitor the SDGs, including targets and indicators, specific policies and strategies were identified and proposed in Aruba’s first SDG Roadmap, “A Roadmap for SDG Implementation in Aruba”, which was drafted in the year 2017 following the MAPS (Mainstreaming, Acceleration, Policy, Support) mission of the UN Development Group (UNDP) in Aruba.
The National SDG Commission, established in January 2017, coordinates the implementation process and reporting on the SDGs. This Commission is responsible for creating awareness of the SDGs within the public sector, private sector, NGOs, academia and civil society.
See below for more information.
Description of SDG goals
Goal 1 End poverty in all its forms everywhere;
Goal 2 End hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture;
Goal 3 Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages;
Goal 4 Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all;
Goal 5 Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls;
Goal 6 Ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all;
Goal 7 Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all;
Goal 8 Promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all;
Goal 9 Build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialization and foster innovation;
Goal 10 Reduce inequality within and among countries;
Goal 11 Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable;
Goal 12 Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns;
Goal 13 Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts;
Goal 14 Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development;
Goal 15 Protect, restore and promote sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems, sustainably manage forests, combat desertification, halt and reverse land degradation and halt biodiversity loss;
Goal 16 Promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, provide access to justice for all and build effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels;
Goal 17 Strengthen the means of implementation and revitalize the global partnership for sustainable development.