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DGM and SDGs: A Perfect Match

In 2015, 193 United Nations (UN) member states adopted 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and 169 targets. The SDGs cover a broad set of challenges such as economic inclusion, diminishing natural resources, geopolitical instability, environmental degradation, and the multi-faceted impacts of climate change. Collectively, these topics define the agenda for inclusive economic growth through to 2030 and are used as a compass and a guide for governments. Businesses and civic organizations around the world also use the SDGs as an ambitious framework to adjust their strategies, goals, and activities in the areas to which they relate.

We all have a vital interest in ensuring that the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and its 17 SDGs are achieved.

The Doing Good Model (DGM) aims to increase the global 'Doing Good' impact. It, therefore, inherently works in alignment with the global goals by promoting value-based and purpose-driven frameworks for organizations based on an innovative, all-inclusive approach: circles of influence, dimensions of implementation, and 13 fundamental human values for the benefit of individuals, organizations, and society as large. DGM's purpose and essence are closely connected to SDGs, while each organization that adopts DGM’s frameworks influences on expending that impact by implementing values through its core value chain. This relationship between DGM and SDGs can also be understood through the following scheme:

 

DGM believes that its linkage to SDGs is essential for inclusive growth as part of the global efforts to make sure humanity can and will thrive. It also helps to identify opportunities to advance SDGs’ implementation by working with DGM's clients and partners.

Recently the team at DGM performed an in-depth mapping of its work towards the global goals to pinpoint the most relevant goals for its model. Simultaneously, DGM examined where there are additional opportunities to expand its impact on the implementation of the development goals and ensure maximum value creation within the organizations DGM cooperates with. The following are the main findings of the mapping analysis:

 

DGM’s implementation concept is based on raising the awareness of individuals, organizations, and society through its 13 universal human values. The DGM partners are undergoing a cultural transformation that raises employees’ well-being at the personal and professional level and contributes to their prosperity and positive impact on society and the environment.

 

DGM fosters quality education, emphasizing the organization's training infrastructure and investments in its workplace and employees, and employment conditions in general. Here, too, it is essential to emphasize that DGM’s concept is the fulfillment of every individual, organization, and community that generally involves improving professional skills, providing decent employment, and a fair and pleasant work environment.

 

DGM fosters organizationally effective work practices, decent job creation, entrepreneurship, creativity, and innovation, and encourages the formalization and growth of micro, small- and medium-sized enterprises, including access to financial services. We assist organizations in applying practices and processes that engage and empower employees to reach their full potential. Above all, our values seek to promote fulfillment, vitality, inner peace, and simply – joy at work to all. 

 

The very foundation of DGM is based on strategic partnerships and collaborations that ensure a collective 'Doing Good' impact that is scalable. It supports the promotion of sustainability goals alongside multi-stakeholder partnerships and the application of effective measurement tools. DGM has proven over the years how purpose-driven organizations – which give employees a sense of purpose, promote environmental protection, and add value to humanity – are also successful businesses; in fact, it is a fully scalable platform for the creation of significant social and environmental impact.

 

DGM strives to create a global benchmark in Corporate Doing Good designed for companies and businesses actively involved in shaping the reality we live in today. The model uses our accumulated experience and know-how to create innovative tools that enable the implementation and measurement of value-driven consciousness and organizational and business-focused activities. Corporate Doing Good means promoting three principles: (1) the prosperity of the individual (who works in the organization), as well as his/her welfare, (2) the prosperity of the organization, and (3) the improvement of social or environmental awareness. Following the mapping analysis and its SDGs focus, the Doing Good Model undertakes to advance further its work with businesses and other organizations using innovative ventures such as setting shared goals and emphasizing SDGs’ importance for companies and organizations, raising employee awareness about sustainability, and implementing a perception of positive impact.