RMIT ranked 5th in the world for decent work and economic growth (SDG 8), an increase of 48 ranking places, and 12th for clean water and sanitation (SDG 6).
SDG 6 was a new addition to the THE impact rankings in 2020.
In what was a 52-place increase, RMIT also rose to 15th for partnership for the goals (SDG 17) and ranked 21st for sustainable cities and communities (SDG 11), 53rd for responsible consumption and production (SDG 12) and 58th for industry, innovation and infrastructure (SDG 9).
RMIT’s improvements in 2020 can be attributed to the University’s exceptional work to address SDGs through partnerships and initiatives in the areas of social justice, inclusion, environmental management and operational practices.
Chief Operating Officer and Sustainability Committee Chairperson Dionne Higgins said she was delighted that RMIT had been recognised for its continued efforts across its entire operations.
“We are continuing to take giant strides forward thanks to the genuine and positive action of our passionate people.”
College of Design and Social Context (DSC) Deputy Pro Vice-Chancellor Research and Innovation, Professor Ralph Horne, said the results also positively reflected RMIT’s strengths in research and academia.
“Our commitment to the Sustainable Development Goals reflects our innovative learning and research which makes a real difference in addressing environmental challenges and social inequalities,” he said.
“By fostering thought leadership and new knowledge, we’re increasingly using the SDGs as a common language in deepening our relationships with like-minded research and industry partners.”