Fifth National SDG Report published on Accountability Day: ‘Nederland ontwikkelt duurzaam’

On Accountability Day, 19 May 2021, the fifth Dutch SDG Report is published, ”Nederland ontwikkelt duurzaam”. Global Compact Network Netherlands (GCNL) is one of the organizations that wrote this publication. GCNL has written the corporate chapter.

Within the business and financial sectors, the SDGs are an important topic. In fact, in a survey we commissioned specifically for this SDG report, 89% indicated that they had incorporated the SDGs within their business strategy and core operations. You might expect that because of Corona, companies could pay less attention to the SDGs because they were in dire straits. Strikingly, this proved not to be the case; for 71% of companies, the corona pandemic had not had a clear negative impact on their SDG commitment, in fact 66% said they had paid more attention to the SDGs in the past year. We also see this in the great interest there was in GCNL’s SDG Ambition programme, in which companies formulate concrete goals on the SDGs and translate them into their business.