About circle17

And why we do what we do

About the SDGs

Sustainable Development Goals

The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are the core piece of the new Agenda 2030 (Transforming our World – The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development), which was signed by the 193 member countries of the United Nations. The 17 SDGs came into effect on 1 January 2016 and are building on the Millennium Development Goals that were pursued globally until 2015.

The 17 goals are specified as 169 targets that involve social, ecological and economic challenges touching areas of critical importance: People, planet, prosperity, peace and partnership. The intensive work of public and private stakeholders and civil engagement resulted in a comprehensive, far reaching and people centred set of universal and transformative goals and targets.

The integrated nature of the 17 goals makes them indivisible and for their accomplishment all countries are asked to make a combined effort. Each country faces specific challenges with different national realities and capacities, which is another necessity to join forces globally.

Role of businesses for implementing the SDGs: 

Companies have a pivotal role for the pursuit of the SDGs. Especially in the topics of human rights, labour standards, environmental protection and fight against corruption, companies can make a contribution towards a transformed world.

Being aware of their social responsibility, business leaders can take this as an opportunity to follow sustainability trends and to develop new business strategies in order to reduce risks coming from the climate crisis, resource scarcities or demographic change.

Many companies have already recognised the opportunities and the urgency of the SDGs for the resilience of their business and are being aware that their long-term success depends on the inclusion of social and ecological issues. Innovative sources, new markets and the societal acceptance of economic activities are interconnected with solutions for global challenges via the SDGs.

NO POVERTY

Economic growth must be inclusive to provide sustainable jobs and promote equality.

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ZERO HUNGER

The food and agriculture sector offers key solutions for development, and is central for hunger and poverty eradication.

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GOOD HEALTH AND WELL-BEING

Ensuring healthy lives and promoting the well-being for all at all ages is essential to sustainable development.

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QUALITY EDUCATION

Obtaining a quality education is the foundation to improving people’s lives and sustainable development.

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GENDER EQUALITY

Gender equality is not only a fundamental human right, but a necessary foundation for a peaceful, prosperous and sustainable world.

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CLEAN WATER AND SANITATION

Clean, accessible water for all is an essential part of the world we want to live in.

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AFFORDABLE AND CLEAN ENERGY

Energy is central to nearly every major challenge and opportunity.

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DECENT WORK AND ECONOMIC GROWTH

Sustainable economic growth will require societies to create the conditions that allow people to have quality jobs.

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INDUSTRY, INNOVATION, AND INFRASTRUCTURE

Investments in infrastructure are crucial to achieving sustainable development.

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REDUCED INEQUALITIES

To reduce inequalities, policies should be universal in principle, paying attention to the needs of disadvantaged and marginalized populations.

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SUSTAINABLE CITIES AND COMMUNITIES

There needs to be a future in which cities provide opportunities for all, with access to basic services, energy, housing, transportation and more.

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RESPONSIBLE CONSUMPTION AND PRODUCTION

Responsible Production and Consumption

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CLIMATE ACTION

Climate change is a global challenge that affects everyone, everywhere.

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LIFE BELOW WATER

Careful management of this essential global resource is a key feature of a sustainable future.

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LIFE ON LAND

Sustainably manage forests, combat desertification, halt and reverse land degradation, halt biodiversity loss

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PEACE, JUSTICE AND STRONG INSTITUTIONS

Access to justice for all, and building effective, accountable institutions at all levels.

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PARTNERSHIPS

Revitalize the global partnership for sustainable development.

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Who’s Behind

We Are circle17

AustrianStartups

Inspire. Connect. Change.

AustrianStartups ist Österreichs größte Startup-Plattform und Denkfabrik für innovatives Unternehmertum.

Mit einem Team von rund 50 Startup-Enthusiasten organisiert die Non-Profit Organisation jährlich mehr als 60 Events, betreibt Kommunikationsplattformen für mehr als 30.000 Follower aus dem Startup-Umfeld und gibt Österreichs größten Startup-Studie heraus – den Austrian Startup Monitor.

respACT

A strong network

respACT – austrian business council for sustainable development is since more than 20 years Austria’s leading platform for Corporate Social Responsibility and Sustainable Development and supports its over 300 member companies on their way to implementing socially responsible actions into their daily business.

At the national level, respACT cooperates with ministries and scientific institutions. Furthermore, it houses the Global Compact Network Austria and is partner of the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) and CSR-Europe.

ADA

Austrian Development Agency

Austrian Development Cooperation supports countries in Africa, Asia, South Eastern and Eastern Europe in their sustainable development. The Federal Ministry for Europe, Integration and International Affairs plans the strategies. The Austrian Development Agency (ADA), the operational unit of Austrian Development Cooperation, implements programmes and projects together with public institutions, civil society organisations as well as enterprises.

Circle17 is realized in cooperation of the two non-profit organizations AustrianStartups and respACT. Circle17 is supported by the Austrian Development Agency (ADA) with funding from the Austrian Development Cooperation.

Your Point of Contact

Contact circle17

Felix Forster, MSc

Lead Innovations
+43 1 7101077-21
f.forster@respact.at

Fanny Hofbauer, MSc

Lead Circle17
+43 1 7101077-20
f.hofbauer@respact.at

Stefan Lixl

Community Lead
+43 6649147114
stefan.lixl@austrianstartups.com

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