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In 2015, world leaders adopted the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to support the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.  The goals define global sustainability aspirations to 2030.  The SDG's came into effect in all countries, including Australia, in January 2016.

Described as the ‘blueprint to achieve a better and more sustainable future for all’, the 17 goals describe specific outcomes across the three dimensions of sustainable development: economic prosperity, social inclusion and environmental conservation.

The MCA partnered with Cardno International Development in 2018 to document how Australia’s minerals industry was contributing to SDG progress.

The report, Sustainability in Action: Australian mining and the Sustainable Development Goals, provides seven in-depth case studies showing how Australia’s mining industry is supporting progress towards SG4 – Quality Education, SDG5 – Gender Equality, SDG6 – Clean Water and Sanitation, SDG8 – Decent Work and Economic Growth and SDG15 – Life on Land.

Global Compact Network Australia, a business-led initiative bringing together signatories to the UN Global Compact to support implementation of its 10 principles and, more recently, the SDGs, supported report.


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