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Our mission and the Sustainable Development Goals

“The SDGs will help us engage our stakeholders in improving our contribution to eradicating poverty, protecting the environment and empowering people and communities. The framework enables us to have greater impact on these issues through collaboration”


Matt Sparkes, Head of Corporate Responsibility, Linklaters LLP

The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) were agreed by 193 countries at the United Nations General Assembly in September 2015. They set 169 targets and further indicators that every UN member state will use in framing their agendas and political policies until 2030.

Scroll down through the page to see how our work is furthering the SDGs.

Operational since January 2016, the 17 SDGs supersede the eight Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), which were agreed in 2000 and expired in 2015. The SDGs are ‘a plan of action for people, planet and prosperity’. They seek to strengthen universal peace in larger freedom. They are integrated and indivisible and seek to balance the multiple dimensions of sustainable development: the economic, social and environmental. Aiming to achieve the human rights of all, the SDGs relate to poverty, food security, health, education, the economy, the environment, gender, sustainability and more.

Goal 16 (Peace and Justice, Strong Institutions) is particularly relevant to A4ID, given our commitment to providing development organisations with the highest calibre legal advice. Nevertheless, we provide legal support in pursuit of all the SDGs, with the ultimate goal of eradicating poverty and creating a more equitable global society.

Why Sustainable Development matters to lawyers

The law is critical role in the achievement of the SDGs. Robust legal systems provide an essential pillar for success across all aspects of development: they safeguard human rights, uphold the rule of law and ensure equality and non-discrimination.

The SDGs mark an opportunity for lawyers to make a tangible contribution. They cannot be realised without full, active participation from the international legal community. This has already been recognised by many of the world’s largest law firms that are A4ID legal partners.

Beyond that, the creation of more effective legal systems has manifest commercial benefits for international companies and the international law firms which they use when doing business in developing markets. Likewise, the development of effective legal systems is integral to the growth of developing economies. Through A4ID, law firms and companies can do much to assist.

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24 Sep 2019

Bribery Act 2010 (UK): A Compliance Guide

This guide provides an overview of the main principles and requirements under the UK Bribery Act 2010. It explains how to both prevent and deal with bribery from the perspective of NGOs. The guide was developed by A4ID’s Legal Partner, Reed Smith LLP, to accompany a training on Bribery & Corruption delivered to A4ID’s Development Partners in September 2019.

Bribery Act 2010 (UK)_A Compliance Guide

8 May 2018

GDPR Training (April 2018)

This series of PowerPoint slides will cover some of the key provisions of the GDPR and outline some practical steps required to prepare for GDPR compliance. These slides accompanied the training event facilitated by A4ID and delivered by Mayer Brown on 24 April 2018.

GDPR Training Event by A4ID and Mayer Brown, 24 April 2018

13 Jun 2017

EU Trade Guide

This guide provides key considerations to importing goods into the EU from the perspective of the trade and customs rules and the product regulatory requirements.

EU Trade Guide


US Trade Guide

This guide outlines the principles, processes, and requirements for importing merchandise into the United States.

US Trade Guide

12 Apr 2017

Brexit Briefing: Environmental Law (July 2017)

This guide identifies key legal considerations for UK based international development organisations in light of Brexit in relation to environmental law and policy.

Brexit Briefing on UK Environmental Law

20 Feb 2017

Intellectual Property Law: Impact on NGOs

This guide explains trademark, copyright, patent and trade secret law, and how they are relevant to NGOs.

Intellectual Property Law Impact on NGOs

7 Feb 2017

EU Registration Options for NGOs: Preparing UK-based NGOs for Brexit

This guide outlines the main legal forms available to NGOs in Belgium, Germany, Ireland, the Netherlands and Spain. It is part of A4ID’s support to UK NGOs considering their options as a result of the UK referendum decision to leave the EU.

EU Registration Options for NGOs


Sustainable Development Goals Courses