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Better Together

The publishing industry is uniquely positioned to be a key leader in the sustainability movement, and its continued commitment to the United Nations’ 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) helps drive its efforts to achieve global sustainability objectives.

To truly affect change, the industry as a whole must not only support the UN initiative but commit to adopting the sustainability best practices themselves. Only by reducing its own carbon footprint and modeling sustainability for others can the publishing industry set a standard for sustainable operability.

The scholarly publishing sector has even greater opportunity to drive change, as it has vast opportunity to spread educational truths. By partnering with the UN and committing to the 17 SDGs, it enhances its ability to promote ideas, increase awareness, and bring about global change.

The United Nations’ 17 Sustainable Development Goals are as follows:

  1. No poverty
  2. Zero hunger
  3. Good health and well-being
  4. Quality education
  5. Gender equality
  6. Clean water and sanitation
  7. Affordable and clean energy
  8. Decent work and economic growth
  9. Industry, innovation, and infrastructure
  10. Reduced inequalities
  11. Sustainable cities and communities
  12. Responsible consumption and production
  13. Climate action
  14. Life below water
  15. Life on land
  16. Peace, justice, and strong institutions
  17. Partnerships for the goals

Obviously, such a robust initiative requires strong action. Here are five practical ways the publishing industry can contribute:

  1. Publish and amplify voices that align with SDG. The publishing industry by nature is a sharer of information — including publications about climate change, sustainability, and poverty that increase public awareness, deepen understanding, and call readers to action.
  2. Drive diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts. It is critical for the publishing industry to lead efforts for diversity and inclusion. A more diverse industry helps expand reach and provide fresh, authentic angles to modern issues.
  3. Reduce its carbon footprint. Publishing sustainability-focused content is meaningless if the publishing industry itself does not adopt sustainable printing, shipping, storing, and distribution methods.
  4. Educate the next generation. The very heart of the publishing industry is education. Use your platform to deepen the next generation’s understanding of sustainability solutions. Inspire others to drive long-lasting and meaningful change.
  5. Partner with organizations across the world. The UN’s SDGs cannot be achieved by one person, one industry, or even one country — it requires a concerted global effort. Only by partnering with other organizations and companies worldwide can the publishing industry make a significant impact.

Contact your Sheridan or KGL representative for a consultation, or visit our contact pages (Sheridan contact page / KGL contact page) to learn how we can help streamline and simplify your publishing processes.

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