The Sustainable Development Goals and Globus AI

May 1, 2023

The Sustainable Development Goals were established by the United Nations (UN) as a call to action for all countries and industries. The following piece outlines three Goals that align with Globus AI’s mission.

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The 17 Goals were adopted by all UN Member States in 2015, as part of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development which set out a 15-year plan to achieve the Goals. Ultimately, they seek to promote prosperity by creating a more sustainable future for all and improving protection of our planet. Through the Goals, the UN recognizes that ending poverty goes hand-in-hand with strategies that build economic growth while addressing social needs in education, health, job creation, climate change, and social protection. Post-COVID, the Goals provide a critical framework to guide economic recovery and create a people-centric, sustainable future.   

Goal 3: Good Health and Well-being

Health and well-being at all ages are essential to sustainable development. The world is facing a global health crisis unlike any other, and this is destabilizing the global economy and threatening the lives — and livelihoods — of billions around the world. COVID-19 has underpinned how health emergencies pose a significant global risk and the critical need for preparedness and investment in 21st-century public services. It also highlighted the huge disparities in different countries’ abilities to cope and recover from pandemics and epidemics. Efforts will have to focus on equal preparations globally for future pandemics, as well as more efficient funding of health systems, improved sanitation and hygiene, increased healthcare education in communities, and improving access to physicians.

“At Globus AI, we believe that healthcare disruptions, like global pandemic, could reverse decades of improvements. Less than half of the global population is covered by essential health services. It is vital to make sure that there is enough healthcare personnel with the right qualifications. Furthermore, we are committed to improving mental and physical health of candidates by understanding their unique preferences and needs and to providing them with a work environment which fosters good health and well-being for all.”

Helge Bjorland, CEO and Co-founder.

Goal 8: Decent Work and Economic Growth

Sustained and inclusive economic growth drives progress through improved standard of living and creating decent jobs for all. The pandemic disrupted billions of lives and livelihoods, endangering the global economy and leading to a global recession. Nearly half the global workforce is at risk of losing their livelihoods. Even before the COVID-19 outbreak, one in five countries was likely to see its per capita income stagnate or decline in 2020. Economic recovery and, eventually, growth, will hinge on equal collaboration between countries, governments, businesses, and individuals.

“Globus AI is making an impact by placing more people into the jobs and in the right roles. By ensuring rapid placement of people where they are needed most, we stimulate continued growth and prosperity, both to our customers but also society as a whole.”

Helge Bjorland, CEO and Co-founder.

Goal 10: Reduced Inequalities

Inequality within and among countries is a persistent cause for concern and reducing such inequality is integral to achieving the Sustainable Development Goal number 10. The pandemic has deepened existing inequalities and shone a spotlight on the fragile social safety nets of vulnerable communities. The COVID-19 pandemic has significantly increased global unemployment and dramatically slashed workers’ incomes. The limited progress of gender equality has been put at risk, along with worsening the situation for refugees, migrants and other humanitarian crises. Hate speech targeting vulnerable groups is also rising. Recovery efforts by Governments and businesses must consider how their contributions can lessen inequality.   

“We empower people to reach their full potential by giving people equal opportunities to work and connecting everyone with the right job opportunities and accelerate their careers. Diversity, equality and inclusion can be increased through fair recruitment. One of the most effective ways to do objective selection is by using AI. In combination with the experience and expertise from staff managers, it is possible to have the best of tech, while maintaining the human touch. AI can ensure equal treatment to give everyone the same opportunities for fair and decent work.”

Tor-Håkon Hellebostad, COO and Co-founder.

Moving forward

For the world to move forward, recovery must be sustainable. Like most organizations, Globus AI plays a role in this, ensuring that all decisions and efforts help to make the world a more sustainable, healthy, and equal place. The Sustainable Development Goals helps with strategic guidance, and provide a helpful framework to achieve a better future for all.

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