Did you know that in 2015, the UN devised a blueprint, called 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, which all member nations then adopted? According to the UN, the Agenda is a “a shared blueprint for peace and prosperity for people and the planet, now and into the future.”
Within the Agenda, the UN sets out a series of 17 goals for sustainable development. These are the UN’s most urgent priorities where member nations are to work together towards common aims such as reducing inequality, ending the cycle of poverty, tackling climate change, preserving the natural environment and spurring business growth in both developed and developing nations.
The United Nations has a designated unit, the Division for Sustainable Development Goals, which works within the Department of Economic and Social Affairs to help member nations achieve their sustainable goals.
TTC wetranslate and the UN’s sustainable development goals
As you may already know, the TTC wetranslate team works out of our offices in both the UK and Turkey – both countries which are founding members of the United Nations. As a translation company, our network of translators stretches across the globe and, with such as international presence, we care deeply about the sustainable development of those nations. The aims of the Sustainable Development Goals set forth by the UN are very close to our heart and we, like many of our client and partner organisations, are proud to be taking proactive action to help support the achievement of those goals.
Here are just a few of the ways that we’re currently working towards goals such as slowing climate change, reducing inequality and igniting business growth;
The Translation Challenge
The 8th UN Sustainable Development goal relates to economic development and specifically, the creation of youth employment opportunities and reduction of gender pay inequalities.
Here at TTC wetranslate, we’re proud to support this goal and do out bit by creating more youth employment opportunities through our Translation Challenge. We recently completed the 7th Translation Challenge but already have plans in place for next year’s! If you haven’t been following along, the Challenge sees teams of student linguists tasked with a real world translation project by a TTC wetranslate client. The students work on the real brief, gaining valuable real world experience and insight into life as a translator.
We would like to see the Translation Challenge grow bigger to benefit even more young lives and increase employability. When asked for his take on this, TTC wetranslate managing director, Levent said: “As a company, we support the United Nations Global Goal Number 8 – Decent Work and Economic Growth. The Translation Challenge competition is aligned with this goal. I believe we are helping students by showing them the part they can play in achieving a goal for a customer. As a result of taking part in this competition, many students have found employment as project managers and translators in our industry. This makes me very proud.”
In both our UK and Izmir offices we have a recycling scheme in place and always think before we print. Respecting paper is important in an office environment and we don’t print unless a certification or similar is required.
We have an employment journey in place which allows us to further develop our skill sets and gain experiences. This of course is gender neutral and is open to all TTC team members. We also enjoy many benefits such as regular team building events, continuous professional development training and gym membership so we can stay fit and keep active away from our desks.