Sustainable decisions in line with the Sustainable Development Goals

Our systems thinking method and associated software will help you on this path.

A target system for sustainability

SDGs – a complex challenge

The 17 Sustainable Development Goals, (SDGs for short) were adopted by the United Nations in 2015. The SDGs are divided into around 170 sub-goals, whose level of achievement can be measured by predefined indicators. They are to be implemented by 2030 and all have equal priority. When making decisions for the purpose of sustainable development, it is therefore important to consider not only the individual goals, but also their interdependencies.

Decision-making with long-term impact

Sustain2030 – your added value

The complexity of the SDGs can only be meaningfully tackled if we learn to think systemically. We use the Sustain2030 method to help you make sustainable decisions in line with the SDGs and co-creatively resolve problems that arise. With software support, we will assist you throughout the entire decision-making process.

The method

When making strategic decisions, Sustain2030 involves eight steps, from specifying individual goals to evaluating alternative actions.

1 | Set goals
Specify the relevant SDG sub-goals and associated KPIs based on a stakeholder analysis
2 | Evaluate element statuses
Map the current status of the SDGs in the respective country, city or company, taking account of measurable indicators
3 | Create an interdependency network
Establish the relationships between the SDGs for initial statements about relevant drivers and priorities for action
4 | Analyse relationships
Analyse the interdependency relationships, time delays and their momentum in order to prepare simulations
5 | Assign action points
Link the elements to budget resources for the subsequent evaluation of alternative actions
6 | Formulate event scenarios
Develop possible endogenous and exogenous events that impact model evaluation
7 | Define actions
Specify and adapt the SDG implementation proposals formulated by the United Nations
8 | Compare model evaluations
Compare actions with regard to their contribution to the achievement of the SDGs and decide on the best alternative action


Advice and implementation from a single source

The Sustain2030 „Systems Thinking“ software maps the eight steps of the method, so that strategies and scenarios can be clearly communicated and tested by all stakeholders.

Sustain2030 offers an enormous degree of freedom in terms of both system design and evaluation. The indicators that are used to measure and compare the SDGs have been developed by the UN’s Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) and act as the software’s database. The configuration, weighting and effectiveness of the KPIs can be individually adjusted. Both indirect pathways and the effects of time delays can be detected, which is extremely important in this complex environment.

Relevant action packages can be simulated and optimized using a dynamic cost/benefit analysis, thereby ensuring a high level of target achievement.

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