Free Flight Emu is a responsible intiative.
We heed the UN Global Compact’s call to “pursue opportunities to solve societal challenges through business innovation and collaboration”, and foster “understanding that good practices or innovation in one area cannot make up for doing harm in another”.
We align our operations with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), by which contribute to a 2030 free of extreme poverty, inequality and injustice; we protect the planet, and support a framework for local sustainable development efforts. We recognise organisational values as core strengths, from which purpose and sustainability rest.
We enable access by purpose-oriented initiatives to these strategy, sustainability and governance services by pricing fairly.
We feel most equipped to positively affect the following goals, and will prioritise projects which work towards bold-italicised items:
SDG1: End poverty in all its forms everywhere
- By 2030, reduce at least by half the proportion of men, women and children of all ages living in poverty in all its dimensions according to national definitions (1.2)
- Implement nationally appropriate social protection systems and measures for all, including floors, and by 2030 achieve substantial coverage of the poor and the vulnerable (1.3)
- By 2030, ensure that all men and women, in particular the poor and the vulnerable, have equal rights to economic resources, as well as access to basic services, ownership and control over land and other forms of property, inheritance, natural resources, appropriate new technology and financial services, including microfinance (1.4)
SDG4: Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all
- By 2030, ensure equal access for all women and men to affordable and quality technical, vocational and tertiary education, including university (4.3)
- By 2030, eliminate gender disparities in education and ensure equal access to all levels of education and vocational training for the vulnerable, including persons with disabilities, indigenous peoples and children in vulnerable situations (4.5)
- By 2030, ensure that all learners acquire the knowledge and skills needed to promote sustainable development, including, among others, through education for sustainable development and sustainable lifestyles, human rights, gender equality, promotion of a culture of peace and non-violence, global citizenship and appreciation of cultural diversity and of culture’s contribution to sustainable development (4.7)
- Build and upgrade education facilities that are child, disability and gender sensitive and provide safe, non-violent, inclusive and effective learning environments for all (4.a)
SDG8: Promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all
- Improve progressively, through 2030, global resource efficiency in consumption and production and endeavour to decouple economic growth from environmental degradation, in accordance with the 10-year framework of programmes on sustainable consumption and production, with developed countries taking the lead (8.4)
- By 2030, achieve full and productive employment and decent work for all women and men, including for young people and persons with disabilities, and equal pay for work of equal value (8.5)
- Protect labour rights and promote safe and secure working environments for all workers, including migrant workers, in particular women migrants, and those in precarious employment (8.8)
SDG13: Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts
- Improve education, awareness-raising and human and institutional capacity on climate change mitigation, adaptation, impact reduction and early warning (13.3)
SDG3: Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages
- By 2030, end the epidemics of AIDS, tuberculosis, malaria and neglected tropical diseases and combat hepatitis, water-borne diseases and other communicable diseases (3.3)
- By 2030, reduce by one third premature mortality from non-communicable diseases through prevention and treatment and promote mental health and well-being (3.4)
- By 2030, ensure universal access to sexual and reproductive health-care services, including for family planning, information and education, and the integration of reproductive health into national strategies and programmes (3.7)
- Achieve universal health coverage, including financial risk protection, access to quality essential health-care services and access to safe, effective, quality and affordable essential medicines and vaccines for all (3.8)
- By 2030, substantially reduce the number of deaths and illnesses from hazardous chemicals and air, water and soil pollution and contamination (3.9)
SDG5: Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls
- End all forms of discrimination against all women and girls everywhere (5.1)
- Eliminate all forms of violence against all women and girls in the public and private spheres, including trafficking and sexual and other types of exploitation (5.2)
- Recognize and value unpaid care and domestic work through the provision of public services, infrastructure and social protection policies and the promotion of shared responsibility within the household and the family as nationally appropriate (5.4)
- Ensure women’s full and effective participation and equal opportunities for leadership at all levels of decision-making in political, economic and public life (5.5)
SDG10: Reduce inequality within and among countries
- By 2030, empower and promote the social, economic and political inclusion of all, irrespective of age, sex, disability, race, ethnicity, origin, religion or economic or other status (10.2)
- Ensure equal opportunity and reduce inequalities of outcome, including by eliminating discriminatory laws, policies and practices and promoting appropriate legislation, policies and action in this regard (10.3)
SDG16: Promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, provide access to justice for all and build effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels
- End abuse, exploitation, trafficking and all forms of violence against and torture of children (16.2)
- Promote the rule of law at the national and international levels and ensure equal access to justice for all (16.3)
- Develop effective, accountable and transparent institutions at all levels (16.6)
- Ensure responsive, inclusive, participatory and representative decision-making at all levels (16.7)
- Ensure public access to information and protect fundamental freedoms (16.10)
We believe the SDG's implicitly include LGBTIQA+ persons
Although our commitment to these goals remains, we note with disappointment the omission of overt representation of LGBTIQA+ persons, and remind with fervour that all persons, regardless of sexuality or gender identity, have the same human rights. We implicitly include LGBTIQA+ people in our interpretation and application of the principles behind the SDGs.
As such, we supported marriage equality, and regard the plebiscite as having had a divisive and exclusionary impact upon LGBTIQA+ peoples and communities.
Although delighted that the legislature has now addressed marriage inequality in Australia, we regard the plebiscite as self-evidently unnecessary and manifestly harmful to the health and well-being LGBTIQA+ people across the country.
Despite this major milestone, much work remains to undo the damage done by generations of discrimination against LGBTQIA+ people. Young people identifying as LGBTIQA+ are, in particular, especially vulnerable and represent disproportionate and unacceptably high rates of homelessness and suicide (National LGBTI Health Alliance report [pdf]). Free Flight Emu is proud to have been involved in several projects aimed at improving mental health outcomes amongst these groups, and remains committed to redressing this ongoing social problem.
We also support efforts to mitigate suffering resulting by human activity.
We recognise non-human animals as capable of suffering, and do not accept human flourishing as unavoidably at conflict with animal welfare. We admire the efforts of individuals and organisations who have constructively championed the progress made so far, and who continue to do so.