17 Sustainable Development Goals, 17 topics for your essay

The following essay topics all relate to the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDG), first articulated in 2012 at the Rio+20 Conference. These goals represent the evolution of the Millennium Development Goals (MDG’s) which concluded in 2015.

The SDG’s were formally adopted in a document entitled: ‘Transforming our World: The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development’. The UN Secretary General referred to the SDG’s as a ‘to-do list for people and the planet. They are people centred and planet sensitive’.

Many of the aims of these global goals are reflected in the projects you can find on CSR Match. Some of those are modest in scope while others are ambitious and far reaching. What they all have in common is a core humanitarian value and is the reason why CSRMatch wants to help to fund these projects.

Please choose any one of the SDG’s as your primary topic and write how you believe corporations can influence, help, support and contribute towards achieving these goals. You can write about this in any way you think is relevant. You may have personal experience of the issues they raise, you may have a clearly articulated political point of view, you may have deeply personal reasons why a specific topic resonates with you, perhaps you have a philosophical perspective you want to share; whatever you want to say, please do so in your essay, making sure you include a corporate perspective in your essay. For maximum impact we recommend you include an image with your submission, making sure of course that you have the copyright or permission to use the image.

  1. Poverty
    End poverty in all its forms everywhere
  2. Hunger
    End hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture
  3. Health
    Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages
  4. Education
    Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all
  5. Gender
    Equality Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls
  6. Water
    Ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all
  7. Energy
    Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all
  8. Economic
    Growth and Employment Promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all
  9. Industry
    Innovation Infrastructure Build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialization and foster innovation
  10. Inequality
    Reduce inequality within and among countries
  11. Sustainable Cities and Environments
    Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable
  12. Sustainable
    Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns
  13. Climate
    Change Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts*
  14. Life Below Water
    Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development
  15. Environment
    Protect, restore and promote sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems, sustainably manage forests, combat desertification, and halt and reverse land degradation and halt biodiversity loss
  16. Peace and Justice
    Promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, provide access to justice for all and build effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels
  17. Partnership
    Strengthen the means of implementation and revitalize the global partnership for sustainable development