Cobwebs Technologies’ Contribution to the Sustainable Development Goals
2020 has brought with it critical global challenges and illustrated the level of cooperation needed for the promotion of a sustainable and resilient path for humanity. The Covid-19 pandemic in particular, alongside its economic and social implications, has made it clearer than ever before that businesses must step up and play a role in solving global problems. That is why Cobwebs Technologies has taken upon itself the commitment to do business responsibly and to actively work towards the achievement of the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals.
Technology companies are uniquely positioned in our ability to contribute to the tackling of global challenges, but when we do so, we must also assure that the use of technology is done in a way that mitigates human rights violations and assures privacy for all. This year, Cobwebs Technologies received its first Human Rights Quality Seal from CybeRighTech following a rigorous due diligence process ensuring that our policy and procedures are in compliance with universally recognized standards of Business and Human Rights. We have also adopted a new code of ethics and business conduct.
This year, we were also able to contribute to governments’ efforts to limit the spread of COVID-19, creating public-private partnerships while harnessing our industry-leading technology and methodologies. Through our technologies, we have helped our clients address a variety of additional global problems, including terrorism and illegal arms, trafficking in persons, and illegal fishing and wildlife trafficking violations.
The Sustainable Development Goals
In 2015, all United Nations member states adopted a plan of action titled “The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.” At the core of the Agenda is a vision for a more equitable and peaceful world to be achieved by 2030, consisting of 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and 169 specific targets. The 2030 Agenda makes clear that in order for the SDGs to be met efforts must be taken towards their attainment not only from government and civil society but also from the business sector.
During the formulation of the SDGs, former United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon stressed the importance of the data revolution achieved through technological development in both attaining and measuring the SDGs. “The data revolution is giving the world powerful tools that can help usher in a more sustainable future,” he stated.
Cobwebs Technologies and the SDGs
Cobwebs Technologies’ Prioritized SDGs
16.1 Reduce all forms of violence and related death rates
16.2 End abuse, exploitation, trafficking and torture of children
16.4 Reduce illicit financial and arms flows
16.a Strengthen relevant national institutions’ capacity to prevent violence and combat terrorism and crime
3.3 Prevent the spread of epidemics and communicable diseases.
3.d Strengthen capacity to handle national and global health risks
5.1 End discrimination against all women and girls everywhere.
5.2 Eliminate all forms of violence against all women and girls in the public and private spheres, including trafficking and sexual and other types of exploitation.
5.5 Ensure women’s participation and equal opportunities for leadership at all levels of decision-making.
8.5 By 2030, achieve full and productive employment and decent work for all women and men, including for young people and persons with disabilities, and equal pay for work of equal value.
13.2 Integrate climate change measures into national policies, strategies, and planning.