On September 25th 2015, at the initiative of the United Nations, countries worldwide adopted a set of 17 goals to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all as part of a new sustainable development agenda.What is remarkable about this initiative is that it does not only define obligations to be met by governments, but also strives to engage businesses and civil society to work towards these common goals. As the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) help to identify long-term opportunities for growth, corporations can review their own level of sustainability and align their organisational strategy to invest in markets that are supported nationally and internationally.At Shanghai Young Bakers, we are also proud to do our best to contribute to the Sustainable Development Goals.
We fight poverty by enabling marginalised youth to gain valuable skills and to live independent lives after graduation. Through viable employment, they can help themselves and their family, and lift themselves out of the poverty cycle.
We provide high-quality training in technical baking skills and soft social skills to young people who were deprived of an education due to family and financial difficulties. We strive to deliver a training that is both highly relevant and connected to the bakery market, and that also prepares our youth to the challenges of being responsible and considerate citizens.
We fight discrimination through example. Our female students prove to their managers, colleagues and friends every day that there is an equal place for them in the bakery and pastry world.
We advocate for decent work conditions by raising the bar on expectations. By training skilled artisans, we make the case for investing in people and giving them the opportunity to grow, and to contribute.
We reduce inequalities by giving disadvantaged youth access to education and stable employment, and aim to close the gap between rich and poor, rural and urban. We believe in equal opportunity for all.
We can only do all of this by working closely together with schools, bakery companies, corporations large and small, other NGOs, the government, and all those who believe in what we do and help us build a more caring and sustainable industry and society.
If you also want to support SYB, and be part of the common global agenda to sustainability, contact us!