THE CHEMICAL INDUSTRY AND U.N. SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT GOAL 17: PARTNERSHIPS FOR THE GOALS
For Resinate’s 2019 blog series, we will focus on a particular U.N. Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) and the chemical industry’s impact. If you are not familiar with the goals, Pyxera Global has an excellent infographic that provides a nice summary.
Goal 17 is all about revitalizing the global partnership for sustainable development. Global change and requires that everyone comes together – government, academia, NGOs, individuals, and the private sector. Goal 17 may not initially strike you as one of the most important of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals, but one could argue that without partnerships, the prospect of achieving the other 16 goals will be difficult, if not impossible.
The Dow Chemical Company is one business taking action. The company has a 2025 goal to positively impact the lives of 1 billion people by engaging employees for impact. DowCorps is making this goal a reality through a partnership with Pyxera Global – and the Leadership in Action Program. Through this program, Dow employees work virtually for several months, then in-country for one week to solve challenges facing non-profit organizations in countries like Ethiopia, Ghana, and Indonesia. These projects address education, sustainable farming, access to clean water, and urban housing. The result is beneficial for all parties – including resolution of long-term issues for the non-profits and communities; exceptional training for participating employees; and business penetration into new markets for Dow.
At Resinate, our team is continuously seeking opportunities to collaborate on change. We were proud to recently host U.S. Representative Haley Stevens at our facility for a discussion around plastic waste; the future of sustainable chemistry; and partnering to advance recycling and upcycling efforts. Our team has also been working to support U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow’s work to address the climate crisis, and the introduction of the RECYCLE Act. Additionally, we continue to participate in events like the Net Impact Conference, GC3 Innovators Roundtable, and the Michigan Sustainability Conference where we work to connect and form new partnerships. I look forward to sharing some of our newest projects with you in the coming year.
The health of people, environment, and business are intrinsically linked. Through the transformative power of partnerships, we can leverage the unique strengths of all and make the transition to a sustainable society and planet.
“We may have all come on different ships, but we’re in the same boat now.” – Martin Luther King, Jr.