The Story

Welcome to the world's first SDG tartan. Our vibrant, colourful tartan was created in Scotland to encourage and promote worldwide adoption of the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

The tartan is the perfect metaphor for the importance of looking at the SDGs as an interconnected unit, rather than looking at each SDG individually. Every one of the 17 SDGs is officially represented by unique colour, with each strategically positioned in this bright tartan.

The thicker horizontal stripes represent the SDGs relating to the biosphere – SDG6, SDG13, SDG14, SDG15. They are horizontal as they are the fundamental basis for all the other SDGs that cut across them. The thicker vertical stripes represent SDG8 – the SDG most important for the financial services sector; SDG10 – the favourite SDG of Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon; and SDG17 – the SDG for partnerships which reflects the Convene & Connect core pillar of the Global Ethical Finance Initiative.

Tartan is an important symbol of Scottish culture and tradition and, since the late 18th century, was officially adopted as the national dress of Scotland. The strong historical link between Scottish culture and tartan is why we chose it as a symbol for amplifying Scotland’s dedication to the SDGs.

The Tartan

Click on the vertical stripes or the right-hand edge of the horizontal stripes to learn about the SDG represented.

The Tartan


Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts


Protect, restore and promote sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems, sustainably manage forests, combat desertification, and halt and reverse land degradation and halt biodiversity loss


Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all


Ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all


Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns


Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable


Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development


End poverty in all its forms everywhere


Strengthen the means of implementation and revitalize the global partnership for sustainable development


Build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialization and foster innovation


End hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture


Promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, provide access to justice for all and build effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels


Reduce inequality within and among countries


Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages


Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all


Promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all


Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls


Made from genuine wool, our tartan has a luxurious look and feel that makes it perfect for high-quality items for your home, office or wardrobe.

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Brighten up your home or office with furnishings, wallpaper or stationery in our tartan. Working with our partners, we are able to create striking statement pieces by upholstering with our vibrant tartan. Contact us to place an order or find out more.

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Clothing & accessories

Add a pop of colour and celebrate Scotland’s design history with clothing & accessories from our partners Slanj. Items available include ties, kilts, scarves, skirts, trousers, waistcoats and bow ties, along with notebooks and more. The online shop will launch shortly on the store.


Our tartan can make the perfect gift for corporates who wish to showcase their commitment to sustainability and the SDGs, with notebooks, laptop sleeves, ties and more. Please contact for details.


Established brands and designers who wish to partner with us and are able to demonstrate their sustainability credentials can license the tartan design or purchase fabric from us. Please contact for details.


Alongside our own product range, we are partnering with artisanal designers to produce exclusive, high-quality items including handbags, wallets and washbags. Products will be available on their individual websites. If you would like to partner with us, please contact

What are the SDGs?

The Sustainable Development Goals are a collection of 17 global goals to achieve a better and more sustainable future for all. They were set by United Nations General Assembly in 2015 as Goals to be delivered by the year 2030 and are seen as the successor to the Millennium Development Goals. Each of the goal targets a different challenge, but all of them are interconnected and often the key to success on one will require solving issues usually associated with another. For more information click here.


Why do the SDGs matter?

Achieving the SDGs will help to create a better world, both for ourselves and for future generations, with clean water, a clean environment, equality and economic growth. To achieve the SDGs, it is essential that governments, corporations and financial institution alike adopt the SDGs as part of their decision-making. Our aim is to promote the adoption of the SDGs by these key players, particularly the financial sector. Scotland is one of a few countries in the world where the SDGs have been embeded into the National Performance Framework.

The SDGs have already had a positive impact on the world. Their adoption has shown great results, from helping combat poverty in Georgia to achieving clean energy targets in Estonia. For more information about the progress made due to SDGs click here.

About GEFI - What we do

The prototype tartan was the brainchild of the Global Ethical Finance Initiative (GEFI) and designed in conjunction with renowned Edinburgh-based kiltmakers Slanj, and has received the support of the Scottish Government.

The prototype tartan will now be reviewed and submitted for entry on The Scottish Register of Tartans, and will later be used for kilts and other products.

This project was conducted as part of series of programmes to promote finance for positive change by the Global Ethical Finance Initiative (GEFI). GEFI brings together the world’s business, political and social leaders to build a fairer finance system for people and the planet.

If you would like to order a piece of the tartan please contact us at the below email.

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“It has been an honour for Slanj to work on the SDG tartan and products with the GEFI team. We hope that this wonderfully vibrant tartan design can help highlight and support the UN Sustainable Development Goals.”
Brian Halley, Managing Director, Slanj

“The connection between the UN’s sustainable development goals and Scotland inspired us to create the world’s first SDG tartan. This project aims to further promote the goals both in Scotland and worldwide through an easily recognised visual symbol for all the SDGs, which also clearly links to Scottish culture and history by using a tartan. It’s the perfect metaphor for the importance of looking at the SDGs as an interconnected unit to build a fairer world, rather than looking at each SDG individually.”
Chris Tait, Executive Manager, GEFI

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