How to become SDG-proof?
CIFAL Flanders provides training and guidance for its partners to become SDG-proof, thus contributing to the realisation of the Agenda 2030 for Sustainable Development. Our SDG Training Trajectory consists of three consecutive phases: from SDG Pioneer, through SDG Champion, to SDG Ambassador. Each phase requires a higher ambition level for the SDGs and is rewarded with a unique UNITAR Training certificate of completion.
If you are interested in following this training trajectory or would like to receive more information, please do not hesitate to contact us.
The ISO 26000 standard is the starting point of the trajectory to become SDG-proof. It is an internationally recognised guidance for all types of organisations relating to their social responsibility. You can find more information on this framework here. The ISO 26000 was adopted in 2010 and represents an inside-out approach, where goals are set from within an organisation.
Step 1: SDG Pioneer
This is the first step of the CIFAL Flanders Training Trajectory to become SDG-proof. This step focuses on the integration of the SDGs transversally throughout your organisation, representing an outside-in approach. The completion of the SGD Pioneer phase usually requires 1 to 3 years.
Some of the learning objectives for SDG Pioneers:
- understanding the 5 Ps, 17 SDGs and the 169 targets of the Agenda 2030;
- understanding the holistic approach of the SDGs;
- understanding the business case for the SDGs;
- defining the lead SDG(s) of your organisation.
Some deliverables expected from SDG Pioneers:
- the appointment of an internal SDG taskforce and SPOC;
- a purpose (mission) and vision which reflect a commitment to sustainable development;
- an SDG impact assessment;
- an SDG action plan with S.M.A.R.T objectives.
Step 2: SDG Champion
This is the second step of the trajectory to become SDG-proof. The SDG Champion strives for true transition and its sustainability policy contributes to the systemic change needed to fulfil the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. The completion of the SDG Champion phase usually requires 2 to 3 years.
Some of the learning objectives for SDG Champions:
- understanding the concept of strong sustainability and transition;
- understanding the concept of sustainable business models (circular economy);
- exploring science-based tools and methodologies to identify impact areas across the sphere of influence;
- stakeholder mapping, ranking and engagement.
Some deliverables expected from SDG Champions:
- an impact assessment across the sphere of influence;
- a code of conduct;
- a pilot project that drives a transition;
- an annual report that integrates the 5Ps of sustainable development.
Step 3: SDG Ambassador
This is the last step of the SDG trajectory to become SDG-proof. This step focuses on human rights due diligence, among other things. The SDG Ambassador trajectory is currently a work in progress. The completion of this step will require 1 to 2 years.
Some of the learning objectives for SDG Ambassadors:
- understanding human rights due diligence and the link with the SDGs;
- understanding and implementing integrated reporting based on GRI principles;
- Understanding the link between sustainable development and international cooperation and solidarity.
Our approach for all trainings is based on the concept of ‘action learning’. You can find more information on this methodology on this page.