APDL joins UN Global Compact network and reinforces sustainability commitment
The goal of this initiative is to contribute to the dissemination and implementation of the sustainable development objectives of the 2030 Agenda
The Port Authority of Douro, Leixões and Viana do Castelo (APDL) has just joined UN Global Compact Portugal network, a United Nations sustainability initiative, which aims to apply the sustainable principles and objectives of the 2030 Agenda.
Global Compact Network also intends to allow the sharing of knowledge and experiences among participants worldwide, so they promote platforms for debate among the entire network, as well as adherence to international sustainability programs.
This integration is another way of assuming the sustainable commitments that we have been defending in our strategy, vision and port operations. We believe and defend that only with the involvement of everyone, it is possible to achieve the objectives of 2030 Agenda, so we also believe that this initiative will be very fruitful, not only for participants, but also for society, by facilitating the information and contributing to the habits change", says Nuno Araújo, President of APDL.
2030 Agenda is the result of the joint thinking of governments and citizens around the world that want to end poverty, promote prosperity and well-being, protect the environment and fight climate change and integrate 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), that come after the 8 Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), which should be implemented by all countries and covers such diverse but interconnected areas, such as: equitable access to education and quality health services; decent jobs creation; energy and environmental sustainability; conservation and management of the oceans; effective institutions and stable societies promotion and fight against inequality at all levels.
It is also important to mention that Global Compact, as an initiative from corporate citizenship area, which was born from a proposal of the former UN Secretary-General, Kofi Annan, includes more than 12 thousand companies, from more than 160 countries. This network is based on 10 fundamental principles, from human rights area, labour practices, environmental protection and anti-corruption and aims to promote the public and voluntary commitment of companies to comply with them.