Responsible Wood contributes to achieving the SDGs as we work towards unlocking the full potential of forests for a sustainable world.
Identifying the Sustainable Development Goals
SDG 1: NO POVERTY
Forests contribute to livelihoods and economic growth across the full value chain, from people depending on forests for their livelihoods all the way to the consumers of wood fibre products.
SDG 2: ZERO HUNGER
Food from forests such as mushrooms, nuts, berries or game make an important contribution to the food supply and nutritional quality of diets, especially in some of the world’s most vulnerable regions.
SDG 3: GOOD HEALTH AND WELL BEING
By regulating the climate, providing clean air and water, and through recreational benefits that support physical and mental health, forests and trees play a significant role in for our well-being.
SDG 4: QUALITY EDUCATION
Given the relevancy of forestry in rural areas, there is a strong role that forest owners can play in providing education and training to workers and local businesses and communities.
SDG 5: GENDER EQUALITY
In many countries, the link between poverty, gender and sustainable forest management is a critical issue. Rural women are heavily involved in forest work, but frequently disadvantaged. Responsible Wood certification promotes gender equality through a variety of requirements and processes.
SDG 6: CLEAN WATER AND SANITATION
Water security and forest health are intrinsically linked, and responsible forest management is key to preserving the forest and water ecosystem functions.
SDG 7: AFFORDABLE AND CLEAN ENERGY
Energy from wood provides 40% of today’s global renewable energy supply and has an important role in providing accessible, affordable and reliable basic energy services.
SDG 8: DECENT WORK AND ECONOMIC GROWTH
Forests are a major driver for sustainable economic growth and provider of jobs especially in rural areas, yet forestry work is considered among the most hazardous in the world
SDG 9: INDUSTRY, INNOVATION AND INFRASTRUCTURE
Forestry positively influences the well-being of people that depend on forest operations in rural and remote areas by providing basic infrastructure and services.