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UN SDGs

How We Support the UN Sustainable Development Goals

The United Nations introduced 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in 2015 to provide targets and indicators for broad global sustainability achievements. Waste Management has been contributing to each of these goals since, and in 2020 we refined our approach by aligning our 2025 and 2038 goals with eight SDGs targeted. WM is committed to action that provides the greatest contributions locally to affect positive change globally.

Goal 3: Good Health and Well-Being Good Health and Well-Being

Target Indicators
Target: 3.6By 2020, halve the number of global deaths and injuries from road traffic accidents Indicators: 3.6.1Death rate due to road traffic injuries

Goal 7: Affordable and Clean Energy Affordable and Clean Energy

Target Indicators
Target: 7.2By 2030, increase substantially the share of renewable energy in the global energy mix Indicators: 7.2.1Renewable energy share in the total final energy consumption.
Target: 7.ABy 2030, enhance international cooperation to facilitate access to clean energy research and technology, including renewable energy, energy efficiency and advanced and cleaner fossil-fuel technology, and promote investment in energy infrastructure and clean energy technology Indicators: 7.A.1International financial flows to developing countries in support of clean energy research and development and renewable energy production, including in hybrid systems

Goal 8: Decent Work and Economic Growth Decent Work and Economic Growth

Target Indicators
Target: 8.4Improve progressively, through 2030, global resource efficiency in consumption and production and endeavor to decouple economic growth from environmental degradation, in accordance with the 10‑Year Framework of Programmes on Sustainable Consumption and Production, with developed countries taking the lead Indicators: 8.4.1Material footprint, material footprint per capita, and material footprint per GDP
8.4.2Domestic material consumption, domestic material consumption per capita, and domestic material consumption per GDP
Target Indicators
Target: 8.8Protect labour rights and promote safe and secure working environments for all workers, including migrant workers, in particular women migrants, and those in precarious employment Indicators: 8.8.1Fatal and non-fatal occupational injuries per 100,000 workers, by sex and migrant status
8.8.2Level of national compliance with labour rights (freedom of association and collective bargaining) based on International Labour Organization (ILO) textual sources and national legislation, by sex and migrant status

Goal 9: Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure

Target Indicators
Target: 9.4By 2030, upgrade infrastructure and retrofit industries to make them sustainable, with increased resource-use efficiency and greater adoption of clean and environmentally sound technologies and industrial processes, with all countries taking action in accordance with their respective capabilities Indicators: 9.4.1CO2 emission per unit of value added

Goal 10: Reduced Inequalities Reduced Inequalities

Target Indicators
Target: 10.2By 2030, empower and promote the social, economic and political inclusion of all, irrespective of age, sex, disability, race, ethnicity, origin, religion or economic or other status Indicators: 10.2.1Proportion of people living below 50 percent of median income, by age, sex and persons with disabilities
Target Indicators
Target: 10.3Ensure equal opportunity and reduce inequalities of outcome, including by eliminating discriminatory laws, policies and practices and promoting appropriate legislation, policies and action in this regard Indicators: 10.3.1Proportion of the population reporting having personally felt discriminated against or harassed within the previous 12 months on the basis of a ground of discrimination prohibited under international human rights law

Goal 11: Sustainable Cities and Communities Sustainable Cities and Communities

Target Indicators
Target: 11.6By 2030, reduce the adverse per capita environmental impact of cities, including by paying special attention to air quality and municipal and other waste management Indicators: 11.6.1Proportion of urban solid waste regularly collected and with adequate final discharge out of total urban solid waste generated, by cities
11.6.2Annual mean levels of fine particulate matter (e.g. PM2.5 and PM10) in cities (population weighted)
Target Indicators
Target: 11.BBy 2020, substantially increase the number of cities and human settlements adopting and implementing integrated policies and plans towards inclusion, resource efficiency, mitigation and adaptation to climate change, resilience to disasters, and develop and implement, in line with the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2030, holistic disaster risk management at all levels Indicators: 11.B.1Number of countries that adopt and implement disaster risk reduction strategies in line with the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2030
11.B.2Proportion of local governments that adopt and implement local disaster risk reduction strategies in line with national disaster risk reduction strategies

Goal 12: Responsible Consumption and Production Responsible Consumption and Production

Target Indicators
Target: 12.2By 2030, achieve the sustainable management and efficient use of natural resources Indicators: 12.2.1Material footprint, material footprint per capita, and material footprint per GDP
12.2.2Domestic material consumption, domestic material consumption per capita, and domestic material consumption per GDP
Target Indicators
Target: 12.3By 2030, halve per capita global food waste at the retail and consumer levels and reduce food losses along production and supply chains, including post-harvest losses Indicators: 12.3.1Food loss index and food waste index
Target Indicators
Target: 12.4By 2020, achieve the environmentally sound management of chemicals and all wastes throughout their life cycle, in accordance with agreed international frameworks, and significantly reduce their release to air, water and soil in order to minimize their adverse impacts on human health and the environment Indicators: 12.4.1Number of parties to international multilateral environmental agreements on hazardous waste, and other chemicals that meet their commitments and obligations in transmitting information as required by each relevant agreement
12.4.2Hazardous waste generated per capita and proportion of hazardous waste treated, by type of treatment
Target Indicators
Target: 12.5By 2030, substantially reduce waste generation through prevention, reduction, recycling and reuse Indicators: 12.5.1National recycling rate, tons of material recycled
Target Indicators
Target: 12.6Encourage companies, especially large and transnational companies, to adopt sustainable practices and to integrate sustainability information into their reporting cycle Indicators: 12.6.1Number of companies publishing sustainability reports
Target Indicators
Target: 12.7Promote public procurement practices that are sustainable, in accordance with national policies and priorities Indicators: 12.7.1Degree of sustainable public procurement policies and action plan implementation
Target Indicators
Target: 12.8By 2030, ensure that people everywhere have the relevant information and awareness for sustainable development and lifestyles in harmony with nature Indicators: 12.8.1Extent to which (i) global citizenship education and (ii) education for sustainable development are mainstreamed in national education policies, curricula, teacher education, and student assessment

Goal 13: Climate Action Climate Action

Target Indicators
Target: 13.1Strengthen resilience and adaptive capacity to climate-related hazards and natural disasters in all countries Indicators: 13.1.1Number of deaths, missing persons and directly affected persons attributed to disasters per 100,000 population
Target Indicators
Target: 13.3Improve education, awareness-raising and human and institutional capacity on climate change mitigation, adaptation, impact reduction and early warning Indicators: 13.3.1Extent to which (i) global citizenship education and (ii) education for sustainable development are mainstreamed in national education policies, curricula, teacher education, and student assessment

Learn how WM’s sustainability goals align with the SDGs on our ESG Resources Hub.