What is your superpower?
We highlight and spread the knowledge and the solutions to the SDGs which already exist in Danish workplaces to help turn knowledge into action.
What SDG is your organization integrating into its core competency?
Our project encompasses all the SDGs. We aim to get and spread as much knowledge as possible about the SDGs and what Danish companies, institutions and organizations are doing to reach the global goals. We visit workplaces who have implemented 3 or more goals in their core business, product or strategy. We just want to see their solutions and enable engineers’ sharing of knowledge across businesses and barriers.
Every hero has a villain – what challenges do you or your targeted group face?
The larger workplaces who have already implemented SDGs usually have bigger resources when it comes to showing us their efforts. Our biggest challenge is getting the Small and Medium-sized Enterprises to show and tell us how they have solved the challenges the SDGs represent, and we would like to give them a platform to do so. In some way, Janteloven has also been our villain: we would love to visit workplaces who are just embarking on the journey with the global goals – but they do not always feel they are far enough along to show their progress.
What are you doing to overcome your villain?
To find the SMEs and the enterprises who are just beginning to implement the SDGs, we rely on our volunteers’ local knowledge. We have volunteers – all members of IDA – all over Denmark, who know which companies in their neighborhood are working towards reaching the SDGs. That way we don’t rely on the media to tell us which enterprises might be interesting to visit – because that will always be “the big 5” – but rather on which workplaces our volunteers find interesting themselves. The efforts of the large enterprises and the SMEs are equally important – and we’d like to visit them all.
Who is your hero and why?
Our heroes are the volunteers at The Danish Society of Engineers (IDA). They are organized in networks based on different fields/specialisms but have come together across the board to create this project in order to address the challenges of the global goals – and to show the world what is actually being done about it, and that Danish workplaces have some of the necessary solutions. Without our volunteers there would be no project.
- Company name: The Danish Society of Engineers (IDA)
- Company type: (ex. Non profit, corporation, city): Project is non-profit
- SDG Focus: all 17
- What do you need to succeed? : PR-branding, engagement, and more volunteers
- Impact Level: (0-100 people, 100-500, 500+ – please indicate): 500+
- Number of employees: project has 1 (project manager), otherwise volunteers
- Country: Denmark
- Website: https://ida.dk/om-ida/temaer/baeredygtighedskaravanen