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Value the Planet

Value the Planet

We're living in a society that places ever increasing demands on governments and corporations to do more to preserve the planet. We are also seeing the next generation of young people showing their passion and commitment to preserving the environment for the future and if we are to attract the best talent into our industry, we need to show that this is a profession that embraces sustainability and a responsible approach to business.

Our Value the Planet campaign promotes the preservation of the planet through the implementation of the UN's sustainable development goals. We encourage our professionals to implement the SDGs. The campaign also offers us a great opportunity to highlight the public interest responsibility of RICS and demonstrate the benefits that the surveying profession provides in offering solutions to society's most challenging issues.

Our sustainable business toolkit offers practical measures for organisations seeking to implement the SDGs

The UN Sustainable Development Goals

  • The UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) provide a model for addressing the most important economic, social and environmental challenges of our time.

    Governments cannot achieve these goals on their own which is why the UN is calling on organisations around the world to align their operations with these goals. As a participant of the UN Global Compact, the world's largest corporate sustainability initiative, RICS is committed to supporting delivery of the SDGs within our sector. The built environment is a major force for achieving the SDGs and RICS has joined forces with the UN Global Compact to drive awareness and action in support of achieving the SDGs by 2030.

  • Goal 1: End poverty in all its forms everywhere

    Goal 2: End hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture


    Goal 3: Ensure healthy lives and promote wellbeing for all at all ages

    Goal 4: Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all

    Goal 5: Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls

    Goal 6: Ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all


    Goal 7: Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all

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

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


    Goal 10: Reduce inequality within and among countries

    Goal 11: Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable

    Goal 12: Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns


    Goal 13: Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts


    Goal 14: Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development


    Goal 15: Protect, restore and promote sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems, sustainably manage forests, combat desertification, and halt and reverse land degradation and halt biodiversity loss

    Goal 16: Promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, provide access to justice for all and build effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels


    Goal 17: Strengthen the means of implementation and revitalise the Global Partnership for Sustainable Development


Find out what our professionals are doing to be more sustainable

Take part in the RICS Social Impact Awards 2020

The RICS Social Impact Awards recognise the built environment's positive and transformational contribution to society.

We are now receiving entries. Projects and initiatives in all sectors are judged based on their contribution to making a positive impact and adding value to society. Criteria covers human, social and environmental impact as well as collaboration and innovation.

Closing date for entries: 5pm on 31 January 2020.

Submit your entry here

How can RICS support your business to act on climate change?