Get off to a good start with the 17 sustainable development goals

6. October 2020

A theoretical and practical insight into sustainable development: Since the adoption of the UN’s 17 Sustainable Development Goals, it has become clear that the benefits of working with sustainability (social, environmental, or economic aspects) are significant. Due to society’s dedication to sustainable development, there is a demand for companies that work with and have taken a stand on the three dimensions. As a participant of this course, you will gain knowledge of the theories behind the UN’s 17 Sustainable Development Goals as well as the tools for subsequent work with the initiatives in your company.

Since the heads of state and government adopted the “Agenda 2030” and the associated 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDG17) five years ago in New York, the goals have gained acceptance and recognition around the world across industries. This is seen by the fact that many companies, organisations, educational institutions, and others have incorporated the goals into their business, strategies, and values. The latest initiative is that the business community has begun to employ staff and managers with special competencies within sustainability.

When a company sets out to work on and integrate the global goals, it results in some commitments, but since the commencement of probably the most ambitious goal to date, it has become clear that companies that take up the challenge achieve significant benefits and possibilities. This applies to, for instance, access to more favourable loan terms if the company conducts its business in an environmentally, socially, or economically sound manner. The SDG17 effort not to mention also has an impact on a company’s image and brand. Benefits and opportunities as you can learn about at Bureau Veritas’ upcoming course.


As a participant of this course, you ensure that you get off to a good start with the UN’s 17 Sustainable Development Goals. In the course, you will gain knowledge about the three dimensions of sustainability (social, environmental, and economic) from an overall perspective as well as the highlighting of individual goals. Finally, we briefly touch on the value you can add to your business by working with SDG17. If implemented correctly, this can provide the company a competitive advantage.


As a participant in the course, you will gain knowledge about:

– The UN’s 17 Sustainable Development Goals, the theories behind it, the purpose and importance of the goals
– Through exercises you get insight into how to work with the world goals in practice
– Practical tool for mapping the 17 world goals and 169 targets
– How the company’s existing standards and High-Level Structure (HLS) can be used as the foundation for the company’s efforts within sustainable development
– Insight into the methodological basis for becoming certified within SDG17
– A sneak peek at the commercial benefits of making the Sustainable Development Goals a part of the company

Teaching method

During the course of the day, the method of teaching alternates between theory and practice, and there will be concrete exercises that invite discussion.

 Target group

If you are interested in working strategically with the 17 Sustainable Development Goals, and if you want the tools to get off to a good start or set a safe course for further SDG17 work, then the course is relevant to you. The course is aimed at people who contribute to the company’s sustainable development or employees who want to have the right knowledge to advise the company’s decision makers that sustainable development is the right way forward. Maybe you have a position as a procurement officer, sustainability manager, QMS manager, quality manager, executive assistant, environmental manager, CSR manager, marketing manager or communications manager.

Electronic course material

The course material is sent to you by email before the course. If you want to have the course material in paper form, you must make sure to print it out before the course. All exercises are handed out at the course.