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SDGs reporting by Quality, Environmental, and Occupational Health and Safety certified organizations

Version 1 : Received: 18 September 2019 / Approved: 18 September 2019 / Online: 18 September 2019 (15:38:36 CEST)

How to cite: Fonseca, L.; Carvalho, F. SDGs reporting by Quality, Environmental, and Occupational Health and Safety certified organizations. Preprints 2019, 2019090209 (doi: 10.20944/preprints201909.0209.v1). Fonseca, L.; Carvalho, F. SDGs reporting by Quality, Environmental, and Occupational Health and Safety certified organizations. Preprints 2019, 2019090209 (doi: 10.20944/preprints201909.0209.v1).

Abstract

Organizations can play a significant role in the advancement of Sustainable Development, and companies with Quality, Environmental and Occupational Health and Safety (QEOHS) certified management systems address the three Sustainability Dimensions (economic, environmental and social). This research aims to map the present level of engagement of those companies in contributing and reporting to the 17 Sustainable Development Goals of The United Nations 2030 Agenda. The content of companies reports (available in web sites, by 31 December 2017) of a total of 235 Portuguese organizations with QEOHS certified management systems, was analyzed. The results show a moderate reporting of SDGs by those companies, with the top five being SDG 12 - Responsible consumption and production (23.8%), SDG 13 – Climate action (22.1%), SDG 09 - Industry, innovation, and infrastructure (21.3%), SDG 08 - Decent work and economic growth (20.0%) and SDG 17 - Partnerships for the goals (19.6%). The results of the statistical tests indicate that the communication of SDGs is more prominent in organizations (QEOHS) with higher business volume, that are members of the United Nations Global Compact Network Portugal, and that disclose their sustainability reports on their web site. This study can be useful for decision-makers that aim to support organizations to contribute to the Sustainable Development Goals.

Subject Areas

sustainable development goals (sdgs); sustainability reporting; quality, environmental and occupational health and safety; certified organizations

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