SDGs

The United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are a list of 17 goals which are intended as an urgent call to action for public and private organisations. They aim to end poverty, improve health and education, manage inequality and tackle climate change by 2030. By involving both businesses and governments the SDGs hope to achieve these ambitious goals sooner than if the world was waiting for legislation to happen in each country first. As many multinational organisations have more wealth than some countries it makes sense to get private businesses involved in this way.

The Basics

Where To Start?

Case Study

With 17 goals and a subset of 169 actions, there are plenty of ways that even the smallest businesses can get involved. However, with so many options choosing where to start may seem overwhelming. As with all sustainable business practices, start small but think big. Choose goals that are directly relevant to your business and examine ways in which you are already supporting the SDGs. Make your commitment public so that your customers, business partners and employees are aware of why some things may change. 

This section will give you lots of information and ideas to get started.

Resources Library

Private Sector Collaboration for Sustainable Development

Private Sector Collaboration for Sustainable Development

This report from BSR (Business for Social Responsibility) details the challenges and benefits of working together to build a just and sustainable world. It identifies how collaboration can foster success and how companies can prepare for the next generation of...

UN Statistics SDG Indicator

UN Statistics SDG Indicator

The UN Statistics SDG Indicator site offers access to data on more than 210 indicators across the globe. You can search by country and by goal, as well as viewing the trends in occurrence. This detailed analysis can offer insight into your target areas and help you...

Blueprint for Business Leadership on the SDGs

Blueprint for Business Leadership on the SDGs

The Blueprint for Business Leadership on the SDGs is your guide to intentional, ambitious, consistent, collaborative and accountable leadership. The Blueprint has detailed guidance on each SDG and asks the questions needed to help you understand how to align with and...

Business for 2030

Business for 2030

Business for 2030 is an initiative by the United States Council for International Business. It aims to bring together businesses and progress towards the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals. Their member businesses are from over 150 countries worldwide, covering all 17...

SDG Action Manager

SDG Action Manager

The UN Global Compact’s action manager, in collaboration with the B Lab, gives companies the expertise and advice to enact sustainable change. You can learn how to assess and improve your contributions toward the SDGs and progress from self-assessment to...

UN SDG Ambition Programme

UN SDG Ambition Programme

The UN Global Compact is the world’s largest corporate sustainability initiative. It is committed to business as a force for good. Their SDG Ambition programme is a six-month accelerator course for businesses to engage in Sustainable Development Goal action.  In...

SDGs: the Basics

The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are 17 goals set by the United Nations General Assembly as "A blueprint to achieve a better and more sustainable future for all people and the world by 2030".The goals cover a broad range of topics, from poverty, health,...