UN Sustainable Development Goals The UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are the world’s joint action plan for a sustainable future.Based on our internal insights work and dialogue with stakeholders, we have identified five SDGs where we think we can particularly make a difference.
SDG 8: Decent work and economic growth As a regional savings bank and the largest financial environment between Bergen and Trondheim, Sparebanken Møre is an important source of financial information and financial services for both people and businesses in Nordvestlandet. We take a systematic approach to entrepreneurship and innovation in order to reinforce value creation and employment in our region.
SDG 9: Industry, innovation and infrastructure In order for Nordvestlandet to be an attractive region in the future, it is important that we work actively to build solid infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialization, and contribute to innovation. Sparebanken Møre wants to be both a driving force behind, and a supporter of, such activities. The Bank established its own innovation department in 2017. We also work closely with NTNU in Ålesund and the ProtoMore, Vindel and ÅKP knowledge parks on initiatives aimed at increasing the capacity for innovation in Nordvestlandet.
SDG 11: Sustainable cities and communities Since its inception in 1843, Sparebanken Møre has contributed to making cities and communities inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable. This is vital for quality of life, innovation, population growth and value creation. Communities need strong local environments to develop. SDG 12: Responsible consumption and production In order to contribute to sustainable regional development, the public sector, the business sector and individuals must change their consumption. As a society, we currently consume more than is environmentally sustainable. Sparebanken Møre wants to help reverse this by increasing stakeholders’ knowledge, contributing to research in the area, and taking steps in our own organisation. If we are successful, this could result in economic growth in the long term, mitigate climate change and improve the quality of life.
SDG 17: Partnerships for the goals Strong new partnerships are needed in order to achieve the SDGs. The authorities, business and local communities must work together to achieve sustainable development. As a major regional player, Sparebanken Møre can make a difference. We want to encourage partnerships and help connect knowledge and relationships across disciplines and industries by creating and supporting various forums. We are focusing on reducing our negative impact and making a positive contribution to achieving these goals through the multiple roles we play as an employer, social actor, investor, lender, facilitator, and provider of financial services.