Aligning to the UN Sustainable Development Goals

Making and demonstrating a positive contribution to the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) is a key part of our Sustainability Framework, and our linkages to specific SDGs are illustrated on this page, as well as within our Sustainability Report. 

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Sustainability Report

Our Sustainability Report highlights our sustainability priorities, as we aim to deliver a positive and sustainable impact for all of our stakeholders.

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Aligning to Sustainable Development Goals

The UN’s 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), adopted by the member states in 2015, represent a call to action to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure that all people enjoy peace and prosperity by 2030. Achieving them is fundamental to future global economic and business growth – the Business & Sustainable Development Commission concluded that achieving the goals will create market opportunities of at least $12 trillion a year.

The 17 SDGs are integrated, recognising that progress in one area will affect outcomes in others, and that development must balance social, economic and environmental sustainability.

Our linkages to specific SDGs are illustrated throughout the Environmental, Social and Governance report. The three key UN SDGs, which our business is well-aligned to are:

Goal 3: Good health and well-being

Goal 3:
Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages

Syncona’s purpose is to invest to extend and enhance human life. Through our portfolio of companies, we develop treatments which help people to live healthier lives, and we are committed to making medicines more accessible by ensuring our business and portfolio companies operate with transparency and integrity.

Goal 8: Decent work and economic growth

Goal 8:
Promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all

Syncona and its portfolio companies provide productive employment for over 1,000 people, providing opportunities in a broad range of roles within a vibrant and growing sector. We are committed to promoting diversity in the life sciences, seeing its promotion as both an economic and moral imperative.

Goal 9: Industry, innovation and infrastructure

Goal 9:
Build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialization and foster innovation

Innovation through effective, high quality research and development sits at the core of what our portfolio companies do. We have high expectations of our portfolio companies and work in collaboration with them to deliver high standards in areas such as data stewardship, clinical trials and competitive practices.

Global Reporting Index

Due to increasing requests from stakeholders for relevant and comparable sustainability information, we have chosen to report in accordance with the Global Reporting Initiative (‘GRI’) standards. GRI is an independent global organisation which has provided a framework and standards for corporate sustainability reporting since 1997. The GRI Reporting Standards are generally seen as the most widely adopted global standards for sustainability reporting.

The UN Sustainability Development Goals

Learn more about the UN SDGs, a collection of 17 interlinked global goals designed to be a "blueprint to achieve a better and more sustainable future for all"

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Key Sustainability pillars

In FY2020/1, we engaged with our key stakeholders to understand the sustainability issues which are most material to us as a business, with this materiality review leading us to four key pillars which will drive our Sustainability Strategy.