ChemistryCAN make the UN Sustainable Development Goals a reality

Part of UN’s 2030 targets, the global SDG’s are not only a guiding framework for countries, but for the industry too.

As one of the largest and most diversified industries in Europe, the chemical industry plays an important role in helping to achieve the UN’s 2030 vision. More than 95% of all manufactured goods rely on chemicals from energy generation and transportation to electronics. As such, the chemical industry is a critical enabler of technologies that make the SDGs a reality. Take a look at the video to get a sense of our sector’s potential:


The chemical sector helps achieve all 17 SDG goals

A recent publication from the International Council of Chemical Associations (ICCA) illustrates how the chemical industry contributes to SDGs. In particular, the chemical industry has a significant contribution to make for SDGs 2, 3, 6, 7, 12 and 13.

Source: United Nations Sustainable Development Goals

Here are some concrete examples of how we help achieve some of these goals:

Take a look at the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) Chemical Sector SDG Roadmap to find out more about the chemical sector’s influence and innovation potential in contributing to the SDG agenda.


Collaboration is instrumental in reaching the 2030 vision


The ambitious and time-bound agenda that the SDGs represent goes beyond business as usual. Realising the goals, and leveraging the business opportunities that they represent, will require collaboration between a critical mass of companies at the industry and whole system level. To demonstrate chemical industry’s commitment to the global goals, Cefic has formalised the Cefic Sustainability Charter, which further stimulates sustainability as the new norm for business.