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, 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.
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).