THE PROJECT SDGs LABs MAKING THE SDGS OUR BUSINESS

The project “SDGs Labs – Making the SDGs our business” is an Erasmus+ Knowledge Alliance coordinated by the Vienna University for Economics and Business (Austria). The consortium consist of seven additional partners: University of Vechta (Germany), Universidade de Trás-o-Montes e Alto Douro (Portugal), Terra Institute (Italy), ISEKI-Food Association (Austria), Wiesenhof (Germany), CEIFAcoop (Portugal), and Regia-Douro Park (Portugal).

In order to meet the challenges of sustainable development, the United Nations adopted the “Agenda 2030 for Sustainable Development” with its 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Because of their comprehensive nature, the implementation of the SDGs requires far-reaching changes in all sectors of the economy.

When it comes to the European agribusiness and food pro­duction sector, we are witnessing that it is facing an uncertain future and multidimensional challenges. Among them are not only a growing scarcity of elementary re­sources such as water, land, soil and the loss of biodiversity, but also new pressures due to popu­lation growth resulting in intensified food demand as well as the manifold and complex consequenc­es of climate change.

However, at the same time, the agribusiness and food pro­duction sector is predicted to deliver more than a quarter of the 169 targets associated with the SDGs.

SDGs Labs is carried out tacking into account both the increasing sustainability challenges in the agribusiness and food production sector as well as the high importance and potential of this sector to effectively contribute to the SDGs.

Linking to this, the project is dedicated to establishing innovative and adequate methods and tools (‘Innovation and Co-learning Labs’ and ‘SDGs Academy’) that advance the practical implementation of the SDGs within the entire sector.

SDGs LABs AIMS AT

(a) translating the abstract SDGs into practical business solutions for actors all along the supply chain in the agribusiness and food pro­duction sector including HEIs, start-ups and established companies.

(b) building on existing experience and gathered expertise throughout the project flow to devel­op innovative means and methods dedicated to co-learning environments for future collab­orations

(c) establishing a curriculum for a SDGs Start-Up Academy programme operating in various Eu­ropean countries fostering SDGs practice in business performance and future cross-border cooperation in the agribusiness and food pro­duction sector

(d) setting up a SDGs Business Pioneers Facilita­tion Workshop for existing companies aiming at incorporating the SDGs holistically into their business practice

Project Progress

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Working Packages

The project SDGs Labs started with its implementation in January 2019 and is lasting until December 2021.

In this period, eight Working Packages (WPs) are running:

WP1 having the main goal to set up a common knowledge base and to carry out a needs analysis that will then serve as a base for the upcoming activities in the second and third year.

WP2 taking care of the efficient and smooth project flow, including the coordination of the activities in all WPs.

WP3 creating innovative and transformative methods, tools and learning environments that are suitable for a holistic incorporation of the SDGs.

WP4 establishing four SDGs Innovation Labs (for companies) and four SDGs Co-Learning Labs (for collaborative learning in between HEIs, start-ups, companies and civil society). Methods that are developed in WP3 will be tested in this working package.

WP5 summarizing and taking all earlier findings a step further through:

  1. Online learning platform
  2. SDGs Pioneers Workshop for existing companies
  3. SDGs Academy Programme for HEI and start-up programmes

WP6 taking care of the quality assurance of the activities realized in the project.

WP7 evaluating all the outputs made by the consortium.

WP8 guaranteeing a broad and appealing outreach of the SDGs Labs results.

Project materials

The project SDGs Labs started with its implementation in January 2019 and is lasting until December 2021.

In this period, eight Working Packages (WPs) are running: