On September 25, 2015, the United Nations General Assembly approved an action plan for the future of the planet: the 2030 Agenda, with 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
If we look back, we can see five years in which the private sector has played a fundamental role on the path to achieving an increasingly sustainable future. If we look beyond the horizon, towards 2030, we see an opportunity for companies to reaffirm their leading role in ESG (Environmental, Social and Good Corporate Governance) issues. Indeed, the Global Compact aims to unite and align the efforts of organizations to attain the SDGs.
Faced with this reality of global challenges, if we take a quick look at the path traveled, we can see that Gestamp, since its first steps as a company, has relied upon sustainability within its corporate principles. This automotive components multinational is aligned with 6 of the 17 SDGs. Two, however, SDG3 (Health and Well-being)- and SDG13 (Action for the Climate) make up the purpose, the raison d’etre of Gestamp.
SDG 3 and SDG 13: Health and Well-being and Climate Action, Gestamp's strategic objectives
At Gestamp we work for a vehicle that is better for the environment and safer. These are two structural pillars in Gestamp that are aligned with the achievement of SDG 3 and 13, with the health and well-being of society, committed to reducing the accident rate in mobility, and with the commitment in the fight against climate change.
More specifically, to achieve goal 6 of SDG 3, - "To reduce by half the number of deaths and injuries caused by traffic accidents in the world" - at Gestamp we contribute, through innovation, to the design and development of components that provide passive safety to vehicles in the event of an accident and thus help safeguard lives on the road. In other words, for all those who make up Gestamp, SDG3 is not an aspiration to be achieved, but rather a strategic objective. As proof of this, at Gestamp we have collaborated with the Mapfre Foundation in the preparation of the guide “Road Safety and the SDGs. A guide for private companies”, which offers an overview of the commitments of companies in the area of road safety for the achievement of SDG 3.
And regarding the second pillar of Gestamp, as explained in our Sustainability Report, the lightweighting of the parts we produce, to help to improve energy consumption and reduce the environmental impact of the vehicle, is also a strategic objective for the company,. This is our objective that it is aligned with the SDG13 - Climate Action, it inspires the purpose of Gestamp.
In addition, the Science Based Target (SBTI) initiative has approved Gestamp's Carbon Footprint reduction targets for 2030, thereby formalizing the multinational's commitment to the fight against climate change.
Every company and organization needs a sustainable environment so that the business has a long-term future. What the fifth anniversary of the approval of the SDGs is about, as part of the United Nations roadmap for a more sustainable and fair development for the world, is the future