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NEW Podcast - Why HR needs to pay attention to Sustainable Development Goals

In the latest HR Chats with Te Radar podcast, Bridget Williams discusses Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and why it is important that human resources professionals champion these within their organisation and the wider industry.


What are the SDGs?
In 2015 all 193 UN Member States, including New Zealand, adopted the 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The SDGs address 17 of the biggest issues facing our society and aim to help make the world a better place – ending poverty, preventing climate change, saving life on land and in our waters and eradicating inequality. The SDGs are to be achieved by 2030 and the UN have coined 2020 the start of the Decade of Action – we have 10 years left to achieve the SDGs so it’s crunch time! Sadly, not enough people know the SDGs exist and at the rate we’re going, no state is on track to achieving them –Bead & Proceed hopes to change that!


Bridget Williams Bio:
Bridget is the founder of social enterprise, Bead & Proceed, which exists to educate people about the 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and inspires action towards them through creativity. Her passion for sustainability and using creativity as a tool for innovation has made her a recognised SDGs expert, assisting businesses and organisations with SDG strategic alignment and target reporting. She employs these skills to help businesses make authentic sustainable change and is renowned for her energy and enthusiasm, ensuing all staff and clients are taken on an SDG journey. As a former solicitor, Bridget thrives solving complex problems and practicing effective leadership in her governance roles. This includes being Deputy Chair of the Fendalton/Waimairi/Harewood Community Board and Trustee of the Christchurch Arts Festival. Bridget is also a member of the Asia New Zealand Foundation Leadership Network and Curator of the World Economic Forum Global Shapers Christchurch Hub, which has led her to become a creditable global change maker. Her efforts have been recognised and endorsed by the Rt. Hon. Helen Clark and the JCI Osaka Outstanding Young Person’s Programme.