What are the UN's Sustainability Development Goals

We are committed to the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) – a shared blueprint for peace and prosperity for people and the planet, now and into the future.

Our approach to the UN Sustainable Development Goals

Education Partnership North East signed the Sustainable Development Goals accord in 2023, committing to report on the SDGs on an annual basis and embedding each of the 17 goals in our curriculum, responsible campus operations and wider activities across our colleges.

UN Sustainable Development Goals:

  1. No Poverty: We have provided financial support to 12,000+ students over the last five years.
  2. Zero Hunger: We provided over 49,000 meals to students in need during the pandemic.
  3. Good Health & Wellbeing: We achieved the Better Health at Work Award Maintaining Excellence Standard.
  4. Quality Education: We are the Top Performing Further Education College Group in the North East for student achievement, and ranked 2nd nationally.
  5. Gender Equality: We supported over 90% of our female students into positive destinations.
  6. Clean Water and Sanitation: We replaced 100% of single use food cartons with compostable and reusable material across all catering outlets.
  7. Affordable and Clean Energy: We reduced energy use saving over 44 tonnes of CO2 (the work of 2,245 trees growing for 1 year).
  8. Decent Work and Economic Growth: Our Graduates contributed over £400 million to the North East economy.
  9. Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure: We are opening a cutting edge, sustainable new technical campus in Northumberland for 2025.
  10. Reduced Inequalities: Achieved the National Network for Education of Care Leavers Quality Mark, helping to reduce inequalities.
  11. Sustainable Cities and Communities: We have created inclusive and safe environment across our campuses.
  12. Responsible Consumption and Production: We reduced staff mileage across our 7 campuses by 124,883 miles over 3 years.
  13. Climate action: 100% of our food and oil waste is recycled into renewable energy, biofuels and fertiliser.
  14. Life Below Water: We supported students in conservation programmes to protect the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species.
  15. Life on Land: We maintain biodiversity through our National Plant Collection of Fagus-beech trees, registered with Plant Heritage.
  16. Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions: Our cutting-edge immersive technology supports Northumbria Police violent crime reduction strategies.
  17. Partnership for the Goals: We won the Education North Award for Industry Collaboration within the Advanced Manufacturing sector.

We've only just started, there is more to come.