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A Decade of Action: RIBA Members and the Sustainable Development Goals

This publication examines the findings of a member survey on the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and explores examples of how the SDGs are being furthered through education, through projects and through business strategy within the architectural sphere.

In 2015 the RIBA signed up to the UN Global Compact, signalling its commitment to sustainability and professionalism, both through its own work and through the work of its membership.

In becoming a signatory to the UNGC, the RIBA committed to support and further the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), tackling various issues including: human rights, labour laws, the environment and bribery/corruption.

Building on previous work, including the UN Sustainable Development Goals in Practice, the Ethics of Architectural Practice and the findings and recommendations of the Ethics and Sustainable Development Commission, this publication seeks to drive forward the RIBA’s commitment to the SDGs and to call on the RIBA membership to come together to help accelerate progress towards achieving the goals by 2030, in this the ‘decade of action’.

 ‘A Decade of Action’ explores the findings of a recent RIBA Member survey, encouragingly showing that the architectural profession is knowledgeable about sustainable development and committed to leading the necessary transformation of the built environment, but also showing that there is some way to go yet.

The piece then goes on to explore how the SDGs can be more meaningfully supported, and therefore achieved, throughout the architectural profession – from schools of architecture to specific projects to business strategy and leadership.

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