As blueprints to achieve a better and more sustainable future for all, the SDG’s address the global challenges we face, including those related to poverty, inequality, climate, environmental degradation, prosperity, and peace and justice. The goals interconnect in order to leave no one behind.

The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), also known as the Global Goals, were adopted by the United Nations in 2015 as a universal call to action to end poverty, protect the planet, and ensure that by 2030 all people enjoy peace and prosperity.

The 17 SDGs are integrated—they recognize that action in one area will affect outcomes in others, and that development must balance social, economic and environmental sustainability.

Countries have committed to prioritise progress for those who’re furthest behind to first create balance and then move on to progress.

The creativity, knowhow, technology and financial resources from all of society is necessary to achieve the SDGs in every context.

The SDGs are built to relate to Individuals, Families, Small to Medium Organisations, Large Corporates, Governments, Countries and Global Initiatives.

We intend for this initiative to help you find you place in this framework, understand and enjoy SDGs, feel and witness their benefit for yourself and others and feel inspired to engage in SDG action on a regular basis.

About United Nations Global Sustainable Index Institute (UNGSII)

In 2017, the United Nations Global Sustainable Index Institute (UNGSII) was established.

In cooperation with World Health Organization (WHO), United Nations Sustainable Development Solutions Network (UNSDSN), United Nations Office for Project Services  (UNOPS), United Nations of International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF), and other SDG-related Excellence Partners, UNGSII is supporting 25 leading cities and five indigenous communities selected from across all continents to prove that full SDG implementation by 2025 is possible.

READ the second edition of “SDG 25+5 Cities – Leadership Platform” and learn about the concrete actions that are currently being implemented in 25 cities that will become lighthouses to inspire hundreds of others before 2030.

About the Global Wellness Institute Initiative: Supporting UN 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDG’s)

In 2021-2022 The SDG initiative will serve to:

  • Provide free downloadable SDG resources and education relevant to the Industry that can be used to identify and measure SDG activity within a Wellness Business or other Wellness Organisation or Association.
  • Share platforms where new information on SDG’s is readily available and can be applied to Wellness activity.
  • Encourage and support our industry sector to participate in reporting on their progress with SDG related activity to collate and share our collective impact through The Global Wellness Institute Initiative.
  • Plan a collective event or target each year.


Lucy Brialey

Initiative Chair

Lucy Brialey, Co-Founder & Director, The Sustainable Spa Association, United Kingdom
Having led a 25 year dedicated career in spa and wellness. She believes that successful spa and wellness strategy is intrinsically linked to sustainability and that only with this in place, will it bring the health goals we expect from investing time in the spa environment, as a direct health outcome.
Her current role involves guiding spas internationally, to be better positioned for sustainability with UN SDG’s being one of the main frameworks for education and measured commitment. Lucy also sits as an expert on ‘The Sustainability in Hospitality’ Panel for Hospitality Net.


Sarah Watterson

Sarah Watterson

Vice Chair

Sarah Watterson, Spa & Wellness Consultant Resense Spas, United Kingdom
Sarah is an EarthCheck Master Trainer and established Member of the Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership Network and a UN SDG training provider for The Sustainable Spa Association. She holds over 30 years’ experience in the Hospitality, Spa and Wellness space, consulting, creating and managing spas and wellness retreats for clients including Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group, Hilton Worldwide, SHA Wellness and Shu Uemura. Sarah has lived and worked in Japan, Indonesia, Thailand, Africa, the Middle East and Europe.

Initiative Members

Charne le Roux

Charne le Roux

Mike Penrose

Mike Penrose

Alexandra Smith

Alexandra Smith