The international community focuses its attention on decent work and economic growth

“Business and Sustainable Development Goals: Disclosure in Non-Financial Reporting” is the title of the report made by Sakhalin Energy at the Striving for the Sustainable Development Goals: Promotion of Sustainable Development and Decent Work international conference.

The conference was held in Baku in May this year. It was organised by the Government of the Republic of Azerbaijan, the National Confederation of Entrepreneurs (Employers) Organisations of the Republic of Azerbaijan, and the International Labour Organization (ILO).

The conference focused on the issues related to achieving UN Sustainable Development Goal 8: Decent work and economic growth, in particular the future of the world of work, the opportunities for sustainable economic growth and comprehensive employment, the transition from the informal to formal economy, and the implementation of SDG monitoring systems.
The event was attended by representatives of 14 countries (Azerbaijan, Latvia, Lithuania, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Russia, Belarus, etc.), including heads of relevant ministries, employers associations and trade unions, as well as officials of various UN divisions. ILO Director-General Guy Ryder made a speech, in which he shared the ILO’s vision and strategy regarding the SDGs with the conference participants.

During the plenary session, President of the Russian Union of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs (RSPP) Alexander Shokhin stressed that the RSPP has committed itself to the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals, especially to the achievement of SDG 8 (Decent work and economic growth) and SDG 10 (Reduced inequalities) — the paramount objectives of the ILO. “We hope that our active cooperation in promoting the Future of the World of Work initiative will continue both at the global and national levels,” he said.

According to Natalia Gonchar, Head of Social Performance at Sakhalin Energy, SDG 8 is a priority for all businesses. “This was confirmed by Sakhalin Energy stakeholders in the SDG survey that was held in the preparation of the corporate Sustainable Development Report,” she added.

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Presentation by Natalia Gonchar

It is the second year in a row that Sakhalin Energy has included in its Sustainable Development Report information that shows the company’s contribution to the achievement of the SDGs. In the Reports, special importance is attached to the description of the company’s relevant practices and performance indicators. Focusing on the main topic of the conference, the company’s representative paid special attention to the challenges faced by businesses in achieving SDG 8, and used the example of Sakhalin Energy to describe corporate practices and indicators, normally included in sustainability reports. 

In conclusion, the participants of the conference were presented the Business and Sustainable Development Goals compilation, published by the RSPP in February 2018 with the support of Sakhalin Energy. The compilation is the first publication to systematise the experience of Russian business — 25 companies from various industries, relating to the implementation of the SDGs.

24 May 2018