The State of India’s Environment Report 2021 revealed that India’s rank has slipped by two places from last year to 117 on the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) adopted as a part of the 2030 agenda by 193 United Nations member states in 2015.

India even ranks below four South Asian countries – Bhutan, Nepal, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh. The overall SDG score of India is 61.9 out of 100.

SDGs are being adopted/followed by various apparel retailers and brands across the globe. Many Indian textile and apparel manufacturing companies are also following these goals, though majority of factories are not well aware about the same.

There are 17 SDGs which are an urgent call for action by all countries – developed and developing – in a global partnership.

The 17 SDGs adopted by UN member states are SDG1 – no poverty, SDG2 – zero hunger, SDG3 – good health and well-being, SDG4 – quality education, SDG5 – gender equality, SDG6 – clean water and sanitation, SDG7 – affordable and clean energy, SDG8 – decent work and economic growth, SDG9 – industry, innovation and infrastructure. SDG10 – reduced inequalities, SDG11 – sustainable cities and communities, SDG12 – responsible consumption and production, SDG13 – climate action, SDG14 – life below water, SDG15 – life on land, SDG16 – peace, justice and strong institutions and lastly SDG17 – strengthening global partnerships for the goals.

As per the report, India’s rank was 115 last year and dropped by two places primarily because major challenges like ending hunger and achieving food security (SDG2), achieving gender equality (SDG5) and building resilient infrastructure, promoting inclusive and sustainable industrialisation and fostering innovation (SDG9) remain in the country.