Support for SDGs

The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), adopted by the United Nations (U.N.) General Assembly in September 2015, are a universal call to action to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure all people enjoy peace and prosperity.

The SDGs are a set of 17 ambitious, interrelated objectives, along with associated targets (169 total) and indicators (244), established to advance the U.N. 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. At Dell, we support the 2030 Agenda, and believe that technology will play a key role in transforming our world. This is reflected in our commitment to drive human progress by putting our technology and expertise to work where it can do the most good for people and the planet. Accordingly, we have sought to gain a better understanding of how we can contribute to the achievement of the SDGs.

Dell sponsored a study by Arizona State University’s Global Sustainability Solutions Services to determine if the information and communications technology (ICT) industry would play a critical role in achieving the SDGs. If so, the study also aimed to identify a meaningful way to measure the impact. The study concluded that the ICT industry will be an enabler and accelerator of SDG solutions. However, the lack of available data at the SDG indicator level and country level makes it challenging to conduct rigorous assessments on the industry’s potential impact. Further research is needed to bridge this gap. The study’s main outcome was the development of the ICT-SDG Impact Assessment Framework, which will help organizations in the ICT industry to strategically map their efforts to the SDGs.

We recognize we have a lot more work to do and are encouraged by the unique opportunity we have as we begin Dell’s 2030 goal planning process, using the SDGs framework to guide and inform our priorities.

In FY18, we published a white paper in which we framed our point of view on the SDGs and identified the next actions we would take. We began our assessment of the relationship between Dell’s 2020 Legacy of Good goals, our initiatives and the SDGs’ framework. Through this assessment we confirmed that we have initiatives that support all 17 SDGs (in some cases more directly than others). In addition, we made a commitment to SDG14: Life Below Water as part of our work around the use of ocean-bound plastics.

We see a special link between our efforts and the following SDGs:

Sustainable Development Goals Initiatives* Supporting SDGs
SDG3: Good Health and Well-Being Digital LifeCare Children’s cancer care
SDG4: Quality Education Youth Learning programs
SDG7: Affordable and Clean Energy Reducing our impact Renewable energy
SDG8: Decent Work and Economic Growth Supply chain social and environmental responsibility Responsible minerals sourcing Responsible Business Alliance Code of Conduct Supplier capability building Responsible process chemicals usage
SDG9: Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure Open Data Solutions for Mobility study Smart agriculture solutions
SDG10: Reduced Inequalities Supplier diversity programs Transformative healthcare IT Youth Learning programs Supplier capability building Employee resource groups Diversity and inclusion
SDG12: Responsible Consumption and Production Closed-loop plastics Closed-loop gold Ocean-bound plastics Green packaging Dell Reconnect Asset Resale and Recycling Services
SDG13: Climate Action Dell’s Global Climate Policy Principles Dell’s American Business Act on Climate Change Pledge Dell’s CDP membership (reporting services and supply chain) Science-based emission reduction targets
SDG17: Partnership for the Goals Ocean-bound plastics Youth Learning programs Net Positive

* This is not meant to be an exhaustive list but to provide examples of how relevant Dell programs and initiatives are contributing to the SDGs.


As we continue our assessment process, we are evaluating SDG indicators, analyzing the links between them and identifying SDG areas where we have the potential to effect change through collaboration, capability building, etc. We recognize we have a lot more work to do and are encouraged by the unique opportunity we have as we begin Dell’s 2030 goal planning process, using the SDGs framework to guide and inform our priorities. In this way, we expect to focus our efforts and resources in the areas in which we can drive the most impact in the long term.