SDGs and the Foundation

In 2015, the United Nations defined the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), a common agenda aimed at eradicating poverty and addressing other needs, seeking to combine strategies that improve health and education, reduce inequalities, and boost economic growth, also focusing on climate change, restoring biodiversity and ocean conservation.

Aware of the strength of this model and its tangible and intangible benefits, the Foundation undertook a project in 2020, in collaboration with the Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors (RPA), aimed at understanding how its activities and projects align with the SDGs, seeking ways to measure this alignment. This was pioneering work in the philanthropic world, which is why the Foundation chose to undertake it in collaboration with RPA, an institution with recognised expertise on the subject and whose senior team members participated in the conceptualisation of the SDGs.

This model enables the use of a common language and shared learning, fostering partnerships between the philanthropic sector, the public sector, and the business world. In addition to promoting greater transparency of the results obtained through the Foundation’s activities, the SDGs also reflect stronger emphasis on the objectives to be achieved at an organisational level.

Currently the Foundation has activities aligned with practically all the SDGs, pointing out in its main external publications which SDGs each project and activity is contributing towards, and its ambition is to increasingly strengthen its external reporting, showing how this alignment is being achieved.

Currently the Foundation already points out in its main external publications which SDGs each project and activity is contributing towards, and its ambition is to increasingly strengthen its external reporting, showing how this alignment is being achieved.

Following an approach based on transparency and remaining faithful to both its collaborative spirit and its mission, the Foundation shared its experience and SDG reporting model with more than 20 of its counterparts and networks of global philanthropic institutions, notably with the European Foundation Centre (now called Philantrophy Europe Association – Philea),  the “Theory of the Foundation” and the Centro Português de Fundações. This sharing gave rise to several opportunities to develop the topic further with other organisations equally interested in implementing this analysis model.  

In this context, hoping it may be of use to you, we would like to share with you the main conclusions of 2021.

 

How we aligned the SDGs with our Activity

Currently, the Foundation contributes mostly to SDGs 4, 9 and 11

23% 5% SDG 3 Good Health and Well-Being 10% 14% 9% 3% 35%
SDG 10 Reduced Inequalities SDG 11 Sustainable Cities and Communities SDG 13 Climate Action SDG 4 Quality Education SDG 9 Industry, Innovation and Infrastructures SDG 3 Good Health and Well-Being Other SDGs

SDG 3 Good Health and Well-Being

Target 3.2: End preventable deaths of newborns and children
Target 3.5: Strengthen the prevention and treatment of substance abuse
Target 3.b: Support the research and development of vaccines and medicines

Health

Projects in the area of Health

SDG 10 Reduced Inequalities

Social Cohesion and Innovation

Projects with children/young people, the elderly and migrants

SDG 11 Sustainable Cities and Communities

Target 11.4: Preservation of cultural heritage
Target 11.5: Reduce the number of people affected by disasters
Target 11.7: Access to safe, inclusive, accessible, and green public spaces

Culture

Museum, CAM, Libraries and preservation of the Armenian language and culture

SDG 13 Climate Action

Climate Change

Calouste Gulbenkian Prize for Humanity

Other SDGs

SDG 9 Industry, Innovation and Infrastructures

Target 9.5: Strengthening scientific research

Science

Instituto Gulbenkian de Ciência and projects developed in the Portuguese-speaking African countries

SDG 4 Quality Education

Target 4.7: Contributing to culture and development
Target 4.4: Increasing qualifications and skills
Target 4.b: Scholarships available to developing countries

Education and Culture

Music, Museum, CAM, Libraries, Cultural Activities, Scholarships and projects in the area of Education

To see more information on how the Foundation contributes towards each SDG put your mouse over each of the graph’s components (or click on it, if you are on a mobile device).

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