Sustainable Development Goals

The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are a universal call to action to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure that all people enjoy peace and prosperity.

The 17 SDG build on the successes of the Millennium Development Goals, while including new areas such as climate change, economic inequality, innovation, sustainable consumption, peace and justice, among other priorities. The goals are interconnected – often the key to success on one will involve tackling issues more commonly associated with another.

The SDGs work in the spirit of partnership and pragmatism to make the right choices now to improve life, in a sustainable way, for future generations. They provide clear guidelines and targets for all countries to adopt in accordance with their own priorities and the environmental challenges of the world at large.

The SDGs are an inclusive agenda.

They tackle the root causes of poverty and unite us together to make a positive change for both people and planet.

“Poverty eradication is at the heart of the 2030 Agenda, and so is the commitment to leave no-one behind.”

The Agenda offers a unique opportunity to put the whole world on a more prosperous and sustainable development path.

The core of BIO’s mission to invest in private sector projects is to contribute in a structural and positive way to the socio-economic growth of the host countries and their population, aligned with SDG 1 No Poverty.


SDG 7 Affordable and Clean Energy ensures access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all. 35% of BIO’s commitments in 2017 were renewable energy and energy efficiency projects. These investments help increase electricity production, and mitigate GHG emissions and improve energy access to households and SMEs. Reliable energy access is key for private sector development.
SDG 8 Decent work and economic growth promotes sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all. All of BIO’s investments are contributing to local economic growth, valorised through job creation, increased production, positive impact on exports and access to financial services.The private sector plays a critical role in developing countries in supporting and creating jobs as well as wages growth, thereby laying the foundation to reduce poverty.
SDG 9 Industry, innovation and infrastructure aims to build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialization and foster innovation. BIO’s investments contribute to this goal in different ways, amongst others by increasing the access of SMEs to financial services and technology as well as supporting their integration into value chains and markets.
SDG10 Reduced Inequalities aims to reduce inequality within and between countries by, amongst others, ensuring a sustained income growth of the bottom 40% of the population. BIO’s direct and indirect investments in microfinance institutions that promote and empower social and economic inclusion for all, are strongly supporting this goal.

Achieving the SDGs requires the partnership of governments, private sector, civil society and citizens alike to make sure we leave a better planet for future generations.

Do you have a project that advances the SDGs? Find out more about the different ways in which we can assist you.