Support the Goals

In 2015, 193 world leaders agreed 17 goals to tackle poverty, equality and climate change.

These are the UN Global Goals.

Support the Goals is an initiative to rate and recognise the businesses that support the UN Global Goals. The key aims of the initiative are to :

  • Raise awareness of the Global Goals in the business community
  • Promote a structured approach to planning, target setting, and reporting in respect of the goals
  • Give young people work experience in corporate sustainability, so they understand how business can contribute to a better world

We are working to achieve these aims by building positive publicity, encouraging gentle competition and promoting the scaling of activities across supply chains.

Our Global Goal

Our plan is to create the world’s largest research database of business support for the Global Goals

Encourage more than 1,000,000
businesses to support the goals

Provide 200 young people
with work experience

Rating Criteria

Four criteria. Three levels of achievement.

One simple, objective way of demonstrating the difference you’re making

Strategic Advisors

We are grateful to these strategic advisors who provide guidance to the initiative.

Carol Adams

Carol is Professor of Accounting at Durham University Business School and Swinburne Business School. She is an internationally renowned author in integrated reporting, social and environmental accounting and sustainability reporting.

Carol is a member of the ACCA Global Forum for Sustainability, the ICAS Sustainability Committee, and the Climate Disclosure Standards Board’s Technical Working Group. She was previously the chair of the Global Reporting Initiative’s Stakeholder Council and a member of the International Integrated Reporting Council’s Capitals Technical Collaboration Group. She has also served as a Director and Council Member of AccountAbility and was involved in developing the AA1000 Framework.

Kevin Dunckley

Kevin is Chief Sustainability and Innovation Officer and a member of the global Executive Board for HH Global. He has a deep knowledge of the innovation landscape and has developed an ecosystem of partners that includes startups, leading universities, and NGOs that help drive meaningful change for HH Global’s clients.

Kevin possesses a wealth of experience from 30 years in the marketing and technology sectors. He has driven and implemented technology solutions for some of the biggest brands in the world. Kevin is a member of the Forbes AI Executive Advisory Board and an Ambassador for the Meaningful Business 100.

Oliver Hurrey

Oliver has been getting equally excited and frustrated about sustainable business and responsible supply chains for 15 years.

He helped develop and grow the 2degrees network over the last decade – a global sustainable business collaboration platform of thousands of practitioners and leaders – and has worked with clients across industry sectors such as Unilever, Mars, Johnson & Johnson, Sky, Co-op, Interface, Stanley Black & Decker, npower and EDF Energy, as well as advising some of the leading sustainable business technologies and consultants. He is now the Founder of Galvanised, where he makes positive change happen faster in businesses and supply chains.

Rachael Sterrett

Rachael is the Student Employability Officer at Lancaster University and currently organises a range of events where students can meet potential employers and access great opportunities to develop their employability skills through volunteer and internship programmes.

She has lived and worked in Japan, Denmark and the UK and has many years of experience working with multinationals and SMEs in marketing and project management roles. She works with organisations and businesses, locally and nationally to enable them to access student talent in a way that meets their business needs.

William Wallis

Will is the Chief Operating Officer of Grouptree, a London-based technology focussing on empowering businesses from FTSE 100’s to SMEs on the use of technology in supply chain strategies.

Having worked in the technology industry for 20 years for businesses including M&S, Sky, Stella McCartney and LG he has seen first-hand the journey towards more sustainable supply chains and transparency and is passionate about the use of technology to help businesses achieve their social and environmental goals.

James Wood

James is the Managing Director of Octego, a UK-based energy services business. He has previously held positions in Lloyd’s of London as an oil, gas, and renewable insurance broker and has a particular interest in new energy efficiency finance mechanisms. James has an MBA in energy management and a strong commercial background in consulting and finance.

Our Advocates

These like-minded organisations support the aims of our initiative.

The Support The Goals Team

Our team consists of a dynamic pool of talented University researchers. The following people have contributed to Support the Goals.

Colin Curtis

Managing Director

A former Group Head of Sustainability for one of the world’s largest technology companies, Colin spent many years consulting with business leaders to help them understand the importance of balancing people, planet, and profit.

Colin is passionate about the UN Sustainable Development Goals and the vital role of businesses to help achieve the goals . He’s a straight-talking Lancastrian who prides himself on his ability to keep things simple and honest – this can get him into trouble!

Rhianon Samuel

Communications Manager

Writing is a passion for Rhianon and she loves bringing the success stories of sustainably-minded business to life. Rhianon is currently a third-year student at Lancaster University where she is studying Politics and International Relations. Her hobbies include photography, netball, and travelling

Ellie Byrne


To follow….

Orla Duffey


Keen to learn about the steps needed to create a more sustainable world, Orla is interested in the role of businesses to ensure this is achieved. Orla recently graduated from Lancaster University where she studied Economics and Politics, and is now studying for a masters degree in Conflict Resolution and Peace. Her hobbies include swimming and playing the guitar.

Isabelle Guyler


A recent Geography and Politics graduate from Lancaster University, Isabelle is now studying for a masters degree in Environment and Development, discovering the most effective paths to achieving sustainability. Her hobbies include travelling and walking.

Kate Hall


Seeking out new opportunities and helping create a better, more sustainable world are at the heart of Kate’s work interests. Kate is a second-year student at Lancaster University where she is studying International Relations. Her hobbies include playing the guitar, netball, and learning Arabic.

Lucy Hall


A desire to focus on how businesses operate and corporate responsibility has developed from Lucy’s recent work experience placement. Lucy is a third-year student at Lancaster University where she is studying Law. Her hobbies include her dogs and reading suspense novels

Nibrass Hassan


To follow….

Caleb Curtis

Communications Intern

Following a one-year placement in Oxford with a multi-channel, video publishing network for clean tech, conservation, and sustainability stories, Caleb has developed skills in media, and shooting and editing social media videos. Caleb is a third-year student at Surrey University where he is studying English and Politics. His hobbies include playing his basses, guitars, and keyboard, and gaming