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What is Sustainable Development Goals

Modern Regulations and Practices for Social and Environmental Accounting
Corresponds to 17 goals defined in the 2030 Agenda of the United Nations, which are interconnected and that seek to contribute to a more sustainable future.
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Sustainable Development Goals-Related Disclosures: University of Minho's Webpage and Sustainability Reports
Sónia Monteiro (CICF, Polytechnic Institute of Cávado and Ave, Portugal), Verónica Ribeiro (CICF, Polytechnic Institute of Cávado and Ave, Portugal), and Kátia Lemos (CICF, Polytechnic Institute of Cávado and Ave, Portugal)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-7998-9410-0.ch013
Abstract
The aim of this chapter is to analyse the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)-related disclosures of University of Minho (UMinho), namely (1) how UMinho discloses information related to SDGs in its webpage; (2) the linkage to SDGs in its sustainability reporting, after the 2030 Agenda approval (in 2015); (3) whether sustainability reports' content was yet connected to SDGs themes in the previous period (2010-2014). This exploratory study used a content analysis of the information disclosed in UMinho's webpage and the stand-alone sustainability reports published by UMinho until nowadays. It considers five dimensions—environmental, economic, social, cultural, and institutional. Findings related to sustainability reports' content (2010-2014) reveals the connection to SDGs themes before the 2030 Agenda approval. The 2015 sustainability report published for the first time a formal alignment with the SDGs. Considering the SDGs-related disclosure analysis, the information is aligned with 9 of the 17 SDGs. The environmental dimension is the one that is linked to the largest number of SDGs.
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