Troldtekt supports the goals for a sustainable world

UN member countries have adopted 17 common goals to ensure the balancing of the environmental and economic dimensions of sustainable development.

Troldtekt is focusing on four goals in particular, and has helped to inspire other companies.

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Focus on four goals and seven targets

We must eradicate poverty, protect our planet and ensure prosperity for all. That is the essence of the 17 joint global SDGs which were adopted by the UN member states in 2015. The ambition is for the goals to be achieved in 2030, which will require massive efforts on the part of both businesses and citizens. 

Each of the 17 SDGs are accompanied by a set of targets – 169 to be precise.  And for each target, concrete indicators show the extent to which the goals have been fulfilled.

At Troldtekt, we have so far chosen to focus on four of the 17 goals:

  • "Good health and well-being"
  • "Responsible Consumption and Production"
  • "Life on Land"
  •  "Partnerships for the goals"

Below you will find more information about the four goals and seven targets that Troldtekt mainly supports.

Troldtekt supports the UN Sustainability Development Goals

SDG 3: "Good health and well-being"

  • Overall goal: Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages.
  • Target 3.9: By 2030, substantially reduce the number of deaths and illnesses from hazardous chemicals and air, water and soil pollution and contamination.
Troldtekt supports the UN Sustainability Development Goals

SDG 12: "Responsible consumption and production"

  • Overall goal: Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns.
  • Target 12.6: Encourage companies, especially large and transnational companies, to adopt sustainable practices and to integrate sustainability information into their reporting cycle.
  • Target 12.7: Promote public procurement practices that are sustainable, in accordance with national policies and priorities.
  • Target 12.c: Rationalise inefficient fossil-fuel subsidies that encourage wasteful consumption (text is abbreviated).
Troldtekt supports the UN Sustainability Development Goals

SDG 15: "Life on land"

  • Overall goal: Protect, restore and promote sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems, sustainably manage forests, combat desertification, and halt and reverse land degradation and halt biodiversity loss.
  • Target 15.b: Mobilise significant resources from all sources and at all levels to finance sustainable forest management and provide adequate incentives to developing countries to advance such management, including for conservation and reforestation.
Troldtekt supports the UN Sustainability Development Goals

SDG 17: "Partnerships for the goals"

  • Overall goal: Strengthen the means of implementation and revitalise the global partnership for sustainable development.
  • Target 17.16: Enhance the global partnership for sustainable development, complemented by multi-stakeholder partnerships that mobilize and share knowledge, expertise, technology and financial resources (text is abbreviated).
  • Target 17.17: Encourage and promote effective public, public-private and civil society partnerships, building on the experience and resourcing strategies of partnerships.

CEO Peer Leth explains why and how Troldtekt is working with the UN’s global Sustainable Development Goals.

Troldtekt, CSR 2017

The colourful collage of the 17 SDGs has become a common frame of reference for businesses and consumers. However, for many people the goals are quite abstract and not necessarily associated with meaningful and concrete actions.

“When giving external presentations about our CSR work, I often meet people who are unsure about how to get to grips with the SDGs. Many people think that you have to work with all 17 of the goals, including the 169 targets. At Troldtekt, rather than being overwhelmed we decided from the outset to focus on the areas which we are able to influence to the greatest extent,” said Peer Leth, CEO at Troldtekt A/S.

“Our first step was to focus on SDG 12 (Responsible consumption and production) and SDG 15 (Life on land) as well as the four targets that we have been working continuously on for the past couple of years. We have now evaluated and decided to add two more goals and three new targets,” he says.

Healthy materials and valuable partners

The two SDGs added in 2019 are SDG 3 (Good health and well-being) and SDG 17 (Partnerships for the goals).

“When it comes to health and well-being, we want to help make buildings healthier. We have already mapped the substances contained in our products, so we know they are healthy for humans. Our panels have a long product lifetime, and for us it is imperative that we only bring healthy materials into circulation in buildings,” says Peer Leth, adding:

“We still have some way to go. For example, we’re in dialogue with our supplier about the recipes for our paints. The challenge is that if we remove all the biocide which prevents rot, there is a risk of bacterial infection in the paint, and then we would be unable to collect and reuse waste paint.”

Peer Leth adds that a lot of experience has been gained in 2019 relating to SDG 17 – Partnerships for the goals:

“We’re proud that, together with FSC Denmark, we’ve helped to disseminate knowledge about responsible forestry. And that by doing so, we’ve succeeded in persuading the Municipality of Ringkøbing-Skjern to FSC-certify the municipal woods so that we can buy more raw wood locally.”

Everyone knows the SDGs

Peer Leth makes no secret of the fact that the measures which faithfully support the SDGs also bring competitive advantages for Troldtekt.

“Both politically and for our customers, the UN SDGs are a frame of reference which everyone knows. It makes the dialogue easier when we can present specific initiatives. The SDGs have set an agenda which means that companies are overtaken on the inside if they don’t work with the goals. This is only positive – because the involvement of the business sector is vital to realising sustainable development,” says Peer Leth.