SDG content index

The 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) were adopted by the United Nations (UN) in 2015 as a universal call to action to address some of the worldʼs biggest challenges by 2030. Sonova has been a signatory of the UN Global Compact since 2016 and supports the achievement of the SDGs. Our hearing solutions help to improve the lives of millions of people. Beyond serving our consumers, we aspire to create benefits for the economy, the environment, and society. Against this background, we have identified those SDGs for which we have direct or indirect impact on at least one of the 169 targets. In the index below, we provide an overview of the SDGs where Sonova has an impact, the specific targets, and links to the relevant sections of this report.













Goal description


Sonova impact on SDG


Relevant SDG sub-targets


Relevant content on Sonova’s SDG impact




Good health & wellbeing




3.8: “Achieve universal health coverage, including financial risk protection, access to quality essential health-care services and access to safe, effective, quality and affordable essential medicines and vaccines for all.”


Accessibility and affordability







3.C: “Substantially increase health financing and the recruitment, development, training and retention of the health workforce in developing countries, especially in least developed countries and small island developing States.”


Training and education



Gender equality




5.1: “End all forms of discrimination against all women and girls everywhere.”


Business ethics and legal compliance







5.5: “Ensure womenʼs full and effective participation and equal opportunities for leadership at all levels of decision-making in political, economic and public life.”


Diversity & inclusion



Clean water and sanitation




6.3: “By 2030, improve water quality by reducing pollution, eliminating dumping and minimizing release of hazardous chemicals and materials, halving the proportion of untreated wastewater and substantially increasing recycling and safe reuse globally.”









6.4: “By 2030, substantially increase water-use efficiency across all sectors and ensure sustainable withdrawals and supply of freshwater to address water scarcity and substantially reduce the number of people suffering from water scarcity.”





Affordable and clean energy




7.2: “By 2030, increase substantially the share of renewable energy in the global energy mix.”


Climate action







7.3: “By 2030, double the global rate of improvement in energy efficiency.”


Climate action



Decent work and economic growth




8.2: “Achieve higher levels of economic productivity through diversification, technological upgrading and innovation, including through a focus on high-value added and labor-intensive sectors.”


Business Report







8.5: “By 2030, achieve full and productive employment and decent work for all women and men, including for young people and persons with disabilities, and equal pay for work of equal value.”


Diversity & inclusion







8.7: “Take immediate and effective measures to eradicate forced labor, end modern slavery and human trafficking and secure the prohibition and elimination of the worst forms of child labor, including recruitment and use of child soldiers, and by 2025 end child labor in all its forms.”


Responsible supply chain







8.8: “Protect labor rights and promote safe and secure working environments for all workers, including migrant workers, in particular women migrants, and those in precarious employment.”


Human rights and labor practices



Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure




9.4: “By 2030, upgrade infrastructure and retrofit industries to make them sustainable, with increased resource-use efficiency and greater adoption of clean and environmentally sound technologies and industrial processes, with all countries taking action in accordance with their respective capabilities.”


Climate action







9.5: “Enhance scientific research, upgrade the technological capabilities of industrial sectors in all countries, in particular developing countries, including, by 2030, encouraging innovation and substantially increasing the number of research and development workers per 1 million people and public and private research and development spending.”


Innovative hearing solutions

SDG 10


Reduced inequalities




10.2: “By 2030, empower and promote the social, economic and political inclusion of all, irrespective of age, sex, disability, race, ethnicity, origin, religion or economic or other status”


Human rights and labor practices

SDG 12


Responsible consumption




12.2: “By 2030, achieve the sustainable management and efficient use of natural resources.”


Climate action







12.4: “By 2020, achieve the environmentally sound management of chemicals and all wastes throughout their life cycle, in accordance with agreed international frameworks, and significantly reduce their release to air, water and soil in order to minimize their adverse impacts on human health and the environment.”


Eco-friendly products







12.5: “By 2030, substantially reduce waste generation through prevention, reduction, recycling and reuse.”









12.6: “Encourage companies, especially large and transnational companies, to adopt sustainable practices and to integrate sustainability information into their reporting cycle.”


ESG strategy and governance

SDG 13


Climate action




13.1: Strengthen resilience and adaptive capacity to climate-related hazards and natural disasters in all countries


Climate-related risks and opportunities (TCFD)

SDG 16


Peace, justice and strong institutions




16.5: “Substantially reduce corruption and bribery in all their forms.”


Business ethics and legal compliance

SDG 17


Partnerships for the goals




17.16: “Enhance the global partnership for sustainable development, complemented by multi-stakeholder partnerships that mobilize and share knowledge, expertise, technology and financial resources, to support the achievement of the sustainable development goals in all countries, in particular developing countries.”


Stakeholder engagement