Meetings were held with all of the Foundation’s operational units, where their strategic objectives and lines of action were discussed and also how these align with the SDGs.
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 and the preservation of oceans and forests.
Aware of the strength of this model, which permits a common language, shared learning, and stronger partnerships between the philanthropic sector, the public sector and the business world, in 2020 the Foundation embarked on a project aimed at understanding how its activities and projects are aligned with the SDG and identifying ways of measuring this alignment.
This was pioneering work in the philanthropic world, which is why the Foundation chose to work in collaboration with the Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors (RPA); the institution is recognised for its know-how on the matter and members of its senior team participated in the conceptualisation of the SDG.
It was an exhaustive and cross-cutting exercise in which the RPA worked with all the Foundation’s units to discuss their strategic objectives and action lines and how they are aligned with the SDG. The quantitative (indicators) and qualitative elements that allow this contribution to be measured were determined in this exercise.
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.
Since October 2020, the Foundation has been sharing its results with networks of global philanthropic institutions, notably with the European Foundation Centre, the “Theory of the Foundation” and the Centro Português de Fundações. The Foundation intends to continue to invest in this sharing of know-how and experiences as this will allow it to strengthen its commitment to the SDG, encouraging their adoption, and remaining faithful to both its collaborative spirit and its mission.
In this context, we would like to share with you the main conclusions of the Foundation’s first exercise on SDG, hoping it may be of use to you.
President of the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation
Currently, the Foundation contributes mostly to SDGs 4, 9 and 11
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).