Sustainable Development Goals    

The United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) represent the biggest and most complex challenges of our time. In addition to reducing the impacts of our operations and portfolio, we prioritize the SDGs that are most relevant to our expertise, business objectives, and citizenship goals. In 2016, we used the SDGs as part of our existing 2020 sustainability targets to help guide our business direction. 

Ingersoll Rand was one of the first companies to work with the Trucost SDG Evaluation Tool to better understand how the SDGs relate to our business impact. The tool provides quantitative insights about which SDGs we can make the biggest impact on and where we have opportunities to improve.    

Our operations and value chain contribute most significantly to:

  • Climate Action (SDG 13) – Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impact: The global demand for affordable, reliable energy and access to cooling and comfort are increasingly contributing to climate change. We are reducing greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) and increasing energy efficiency in our operations and through our products, as outlined in our Climate Commitment. To date, we have avoided 21 million tons of CO2e compared to the 2013 baseline. Read more about our approach to environmental sustainability.
  • Affordable Clean Energy (SDG 7) – Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all: We are implementing energy efficiency measures across our enterprise and meeting more of our energy needs through renewable energy. As part of our Climate Commitment, we will also invest $500 million by 2020 in product-related research and development to fund long-term GHG reduction.
  • Gender Equality (SDG 5) – Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls: Through our seven-step strategic sourcing process, we avoid using price as the primary driver for supplier selection. Instead, we consider a range of factors as agreed upon by a cross-functional team, including supplier diversity, quality, and risk. We are also working toward our target to spend $15 billion with women-owned businesses through 2021. Read more about our supplier diversity

To increase our impact, we also aligned our citizenship targets with four of the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) — Climate Action (SDG 13), Quality Education (SDG 4), Zero Hunger (SDG 2) and Sustainable Cities and Communities (SDG 11). Read more about our progress toward 2020 targets and approach to corporate citizenship