Sustainable Development Goals

End poverty, protect the planet, and ensure prosperity for all

In September 2015, world leaders adopted the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, which includes a set of 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Saving our planet, lifting people out of poverty, advancing economic growth, these are one and the same fight.
Ban Ki-moon, United Nations Secretary General

These SDGs provide a framework for addressing mankind’s most critical issues over the next 15 years. There is a growing recognition for the critical role of the private sector in tackling these complex issues. Public-private partnerships (PPPs) will grow in importance to ensure meaningful progress against these SDGs. This is evidenced in SDG17.

"World leaders have an unprecedented opportunity this year to shift the world onto a path of inclusive, sustainable and resilient development"
Helen Clark, UN Development Program Administrator 

International Copper Association Alignment with the UN SDGs

At its highest level, sustainable development is at the core of the work of the International Copper Association (ICA). Our mission is to “bring together the global copper industry to develop and defend markets for copper, and to make a positive contribution to society’s sustainable development goals.”

ICA’s 39 members represent a majority of global copper production and include many of the largest copper and copper alloy fabricators. Each year, its members invest $50 million into ICA’s programs, with a vast majority of those funds going toward initiatives that make a positive impact on sustainable development.

Copper and the copper industry are critical to sustainable development, and to a higher quality of life. This higher quality of life, which if often associated with the developed world, is also aspired to by three billion people in the developing world. These people represent a new global middle class set to emerge between 2010 – 2030.

An audit of ICA’s initiatives shows alignment with all of the 17 UN SDGs. There is perhaps no other metal or material so broadly and critically connected with the global sustainable-development agenda. Particularly strong alignment exists in the energy area. SDG7—Affordable and Clean Energy—underpins all of the SDGs. The main delivery vehicle for SDG7 is the UN’s Sustainable Energy for All initiative (SEforAll).

SEforALL is a multi-stakeholder partnership between governments, the private sector and civil society. Launched by the UN Secretary-General in 2011, it has three interlinked objectives to be achieved by 2030:

  • Ensure universal access to modern energy services
  • Double the global rate of improvement in energy efficiency
  • Double the share of renewable energy in the global energy mix

See how we contribute to SDGs here