Inspiring Action: How the Bord Bia Library Supports the UNSDGs (Lightning Talk)

24th May 202314:50Tivoli Suite


I propose to present on the context of and how the Bord Bia Library supports the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (UNSDGs) to help its community achieve sustainable development.

Bord Bia is the Irish Government agency who’s purpose is to bring Ireland’s outstanding food, drink and horticulture to the world, thus enabling growth and sustainability of producers.

In line with Pathways for Growth Bord Bia launched Origin Green Ireland’s national food and drink sustainability programme in 2012, uniting government, the private sector and the full supply chain to set targets that champion sustainability. Origin Green’s ambition is that Irish food and drink is the first choice globally because it is trusted as sustainably produced by people who care.

Recognising that Origin Green was uniquely placed to play a pivotal role in helping the Irish food and drink industry deliver meaningful contributions to the advancement of the UNSDGs, the programme’s sustainability action plan is aligned to the UNSDGS and Bord Bia became a United Nations Global Compact member on June 26th, 2018. 

This alignment encouraged the Bord Bia Library to play its own role in advancing the UNSDGs and delivering Origin Green’s ambition. We have begun leveraging the IFLA’s and ALA’s UNSDG advocacy tools. I propose to discuss these tools, our key learnings, strategy alignment and take a deep dive into our UNSDG story on the IFLA’s Library Map of the World and share our library chart showing how our collections and services align to all 17 UNSDGs.

The Bord Bia Library is on a mission to tell its community about the UNSDGs. By sharing our activities, plans and a list of UNSDG advocacy tools, we hope to inspire the Irish Library Community to take action and make the UNSDGs famous!