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United Nations Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015 the United Nations (UN) introduced 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to provide targets and indicators for broad global sustainability achievement. UN SDGs call on the global community to apply innovation and capital to mobilize efforts around a common set of targets.

Schnitzer sustainability goals have aligned with relevant UN SDGs over the past six years, but in fiscal 2021 we made the decision to formally update our reporting to account for this alignment and provide a more detailed mapping of SDGs specific to our business, values, and material issues. From here, we plan to advance Schnitzer sustainability goals in tandem with UN SDGs based on the issues of greatest significance to our future commitments, investments, and initiatives.

UN SDGs aligned directly with Schnitzer Sustainability Goals:

UN SDG 2: Zero Hunger
UN SDG 3: Good Health and Well-Being
UN SDG 5: Gender Equality
UN SDG 6: Clean Water and Sanitation
UN SDG 7: Affordable and Clean Energy
UN SDG 8: Decent Work and Economic Growth
UN SDG 9: Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure
UN SDG 10: Reduced Inequalities
UN SDG 11: Sustainable Cities and Communities
UN SDG 12: Responsible Consumption and Production
UN SDG 16: Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

The SDGs offer a framework for refining our priorities and fostering shared accountability with the global business community in contributing real solutions to the societal challenges we face. SDGs also provide a common vocabulary for describing and accelerating our progress.

These global goals lay out a common purpose and set of priorities across all dimensions of sustainable development and assist in the creation of more effective partnerships with governments and civil society organizations, as well as other companies large and small.