In 2015, the United Nations General Assembly adopted the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development: 17 global goals for sustainable development that all 193 member states have committed to implementing. As the situation currently stands, however, no country is on track to achieve these Goals by 2030 (see SDG Index and Dashboards prepared by the Bertelsmann Stiftung, 2019).
What we need are specific plans of action that make social, economic and ecological sustainability an integral component of our activities. We need to establish sustainable development goals as a guideline, as well as a fixed component of innovation and development, especially in the start-up scene.
With this in mind, the initiative Geneva impACTs, created by think-and-do tank Geneva Macro Labs, is testing a new approach in Switzerland with the support of the Engagement Migros development fund. Together with experts and investors, Geneva impACTs is developing specific project concepts that contribute directly to the UN 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development Goals and ensuring that they have the financing they need. These concepts are then put out to tender for implementation in the start-up scene. The initiative shows that start-up funding can be designed to go hand in hand with the achievement of the 2030 Agenda – a first in Switzerland, that is set to become the new standard.