Salesforce pledges $17m to support UN’s sustainable development goals

The US cloud-based software firm will provide the grants to non-profit partners over the next year

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US cloud-based software company Salesforce has announced an investment of $17 million (£13m) to help advance the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals.

It will provide grants to non-profit partners over the next year and has also pledged one million employee volunteer hours to support the initiative.

The 17 SDGs, adopted by 193 countries, measure the collective progress against the world’s most pressing challenges, including those related to climate change, sustainable cities and environmental degradation.

Salesforce has also joined the UN Global Compact Initiative. signed the UN Women’s Empowerment Principles and its emissions reduction targets have been approved by the Science Based Targets initiative.

Christiana Figueres, Former UNFCCC Executive Secretary said: “Climate change focuses on the most crucial issue of our time, one that impacts not only each of the 17 SDGs but every individual life on Earth.

“I am proud of the work we have done with Salesforce to address climate change and urge every company and every individual to scale up their actions because we can move forward faster, together.”