BIM named Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) champion

Bord Iascaigh Mhara (BIM), Ireland’s Seafood Development Agency, has been appointed as a Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) champion. BIM is one of just 12 organisations in Ireland to be selected to the programme aimed at making the goals become better known and mainstream.

Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment, Richard Bruton T.D. made the announcement today (Wednesday, 18th September) on the first day of the National Ploughing Championship in Fenagh, Co. Carlow. He said:

We need to take actions in a broad range of policy areas to put us on a more sustainable pathway. The Sustainable Development Goals draw those together in an integrated way. Achieving them will be a challenge. We need everyone to get involved and play their part in whatever way they can. The Champions chosen here today will be beacons of best practice for the coming year. They will lead the way with practical examples for how we can all contribute.

Organisations from a diverse range of public, private and not for profit sectors are among the champions that include The GAA, An Post, The National Women’s Council of Ireland and Musgrave’s. The champions have been selected based on measures they have already put in place to incorporate the Sustainable Development Goals into their work.

Jim O’Toole, CEO BIM praised the ambition and unified approach of this new programme and said:

The environmental, economic, and social sustainability of the Irish seafood sector is central to BIM’s strategy. It’s hugely promising to see 12 leading and quite diverse organisations in Ireland take on the role of SDG champions in the first year of this exciting new programme to drive sustainability.

The UN Sustainable Development Goals, launched just over three years ago, have been established as a call to action for world leaders to address global issues to reduce hunger, poverty and climate change by 2030. BIM is champion for goals 2 (End Hunger), 8 (Decent Work and Economic Growth), 12  (Responsible Consumption and Production ) and 14 (Life Below Water).

View the info-graphic of the SDG Champions 2019/20 (pdf 3,388Kb)   

Learn about the National Implementation Plan 2018 – 2020 at


L-R: Catherine Barrett, BIM, Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment Richard Bruton T.D. and Catherine Morrison, BIM