In 2015, when the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals were first developed during the Paris Climate Accord, Bodhi Surf + Yoga was celebrating our fifth anniversary and quickly establishing ourselves as a business committed to environmental stewardship and community resilience. We have always situated ourselves in the global conversation on sustainability, and with our B Corp Certification and 1% for the Planet Membership, we have been actively striving to amplify our positive impact. The Sustainable Development Goals are yet another set of high criteria that we want to utilize in our path to excellence.
What are the Sustainable Development Goals?
According to the United Nations (UN), the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are “a shared blueprint for peace and prosperity for people and the planet, now and into the future.” They provide a clear, holistic set of environmental, societal, and economic goals for a global partnership between all nations. They were adopted in 2015 by the UN Member States and, while the SDGs are not legally binding, governments of each signatory state are expected to create a national framework that addresses the goals.
There are 17 goals outlined to create a prosperous and healthy world. For more info on the SDGs and why they matter, check out our first blog post of this series “The UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs): What They Are and Why They Matter.” In part two of this three-part blog series, we will look into how Bodhi Surf + Yoga is committed to taking action on the SDGs and how other businesses can follow suit.
How businesses (like ours!) can contribute to the SDGs
Although developed for governmental entities, the SDGs can be adapted to many different sectors, including small businesses like Bodhi Surf + Yoga. The SDGs provide an ambitious future to work towards and businesses can be influential players in making these goals a reality. In 2018, KPMG found that four of the world’s ten largest multinational corporations already reference the SDGs in their corporate reporting. While this is great news, a large majority of businesses in developed and developing nations are small-to-medium in size. Regardless of size or industry, all companies can contribute to the future the SDGs provide.
The 17 goals range from environmental to societal to economic aspirations. Companies typically must first commit to running a responsible business and decide what that means for them. Bodhi Surf + Yoga has always been mission-driven, keeping our local and global impact in mind with each decision we make on behalf of our business. By pursuing B Corp certification and 1% for the Planet membership, we have taken steps to solidify our commitment to being a responsible business. Our newest goal has been to walk through each of the SDGs and address how we can positively impact each one. While some are more clearly aligned with our objectives as a business — i.e.(14) Life Below Water, (12) Responsible Consumption and Production, and (3) Good Health and Wellbeing — each goal is something to work towards.
A path to improvement
It is important to also note that the goal of incorporating the SDGs into a corporate responsibility report is to holistically evaluate how your business is performing. This means taking a real look at the spaces where you are excelling as well as the areas that the business is lacking. Taking a holistic approach to the SDGs means putting them at the core of your decision-making and acting accordingly. This is an ambitious and difficult goal, but if the private sector is to play a real role in mitigating climate change it is absolutely necessary. The new SDG Action Manager is a key tool in taking this commitment to the next level.
B Corporations and the SDG Action Manager
Launched in January 2020, B Lab and the UN Global Compact have joined forces to create a set of tools for businesses to aid in accomplishing the 2030 goals of the SDGs. Building off of the B Impact Assessment — the comprehensive evaluation that every B Corp must complete every three years — the new SDG Action Manager is a free, online tool that analyzes a business’s impact on each of the individual sustainable development goals. At the completion of the assessment, businesses can identify where they can improve and how to do so.
Specifically, “Using the free SDG Action Manager, companies will be able to:
- Get a clear view of how their operations, supply chain, and business model create positive impact.
- Take action and track progress toward the SDGs.
- Focus business efforts and collaborate with colleagues.
- Join a global movement of companies working to build a better world by 2030.”
Any individual or business is welcome and encouraged to utilize this tool. If you or your business are interested in using the action manager, sign up here!
How Bodhi Surf + Yoga takes action on the SDGs
In our new Corporate Social and Environmental Responsibility report we identified having a direct impact on 11 out of the 17 SDGs. Here is a look at a few of the projects and initiatives we have taken on as a responsible business:
- We are a certified B Corporation — by meeting rigorous standards of social and environmental performance, accountability, and transparency we have joined a collective of over 3,000 companies worldwide redefining what it means to be successful.
- We have been awarded “Best for the World” for four years (2017-2019, 2021).
- We are a 1% for the Planet member: joining a global network of change makers, we commit 1% of our annual revenue to vetted environmental nonprofits.
- We are founding partners of Fundacion SOMOS, a local nonprofit working on sustainable development, community security and social enterprise.
- As of April 2019, we are 100% carbon neutral. Over $5,000 has been invested in renewable energy to offset business-related carbon emissions (including those of guests and providers).
- Every year our team invests 3000+ volunteer hours and donates $4900+ to various community service projects.
- We are founding members of the Bahia Ballena Plastic Free Coalition, a group of local businesses working to eliminate single use plastics from our community.
- Over 500 people have signed our Ocean Guardian Pledge and committed to making positive change for the planet.
- Via daily park entrance fees, we contribute approximately $4,800 each season to the conservation of Marino Ballena National Park which protects 5,160 hectares of ocean and 171 hectares of land.
There is always room for improvement
Like most things, at Bodhi Surf + Yoga we know that there is always room for improvement. We are a small business that is striving to make a big impact. Although our scope is limited, we hope to address each one of the SDGs in some capacity. Based on our own self-assessment we believe we are directly impacting 11 out of the 17 goals. As this blog is being written we are meticulously working on completing the beta test of the SDG action manager and discovering where we can improve and what other goals we should be focusing on.
Everyone needs to do their part…
The SDGs are a call to action. To achieve the lofty goals set forth by the UN “everyone needs to do their part: governments, the private sector, civil society and people like you,” the UN’s website reads. Bodhi Surf + Yoga is committed to the SDGs, committed to shaping our business around the future we hope for. How will you commit? Let’s build a better future together.
This is part two of the series, check out part one in which we discuss what the SDGs are and why they matter!