Anyone coming to the SDGs for the first time encounters an almost overwhelming array of online tools and resources. The first question is: “Where to start?” Even if you are not new to this space, the sheer quantity of information can be daunting.

Since the SDGs’ official launch in 2016, a plethora of platforms, matrices, datasets, indices and benchmarks have been developed to help organisations engage. The number of reports, articles, blogs, podcasts and webcasts grows by the day. It is a challenge to sift and sort the most relevant content.

The resources presented here are designed to help business, academia, government and civil society connect with the SDGs.

It is hoped that the selected content will stimulate thought and action in relation to each goal. In addition, there is scope to search for resources by industry sector.

Our aim is to help organisations understand how and why they should support the SDGs, and showcase practical, meaningful and measureable steps taken by others.

This is your shortcut to useful tools, interesting reads and inventive ideas. From across Australia, and globally, if you would like to recommend other tools and resources please send them through here.

And if you are at the very beginning of your journey please view our Getting Started page here.

GCNA makes it clear that the website is providing links to resources developed by other organisations and that there is no affiliation between GCNA and the organisations which published these documents.

featured resources

SDG Industry Matrix

- KPMG/UN Global Compact Resource -
A platform for showcasing specific and practical examples of actions within six different industries that aid progress on the SDGs. The industries profiled include: financial services; food, beverage and consumer goods; healthcare and life sciences; industrial manufacturing; transportation; and energy, natural resources and chemicals.
A six step process for building an anti-corruption programme, and part of a broader suite of resources offered by Transparency International, which include Business Principles For Countering Bribery and more.

SDG Compass

- Guide -
A practical tool for companies seeking to align their operations with the SDGs, and be able to measure and manage their contribution. SDG Compass was developed by GRI, the UN Global Compact and the World Business Council for Sustainable Development.
A guide to integrating social values into core business operations and bottom-line decision making from the Initiative for Global Development.
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A guide from the Global Compact Network Australia to help Australian employees deepen their engagement with the SDGs.
A guide from the Global Compact Network Australia to help Australian business leaders deepen their engagement with the SDGs.
A guide from the Sustainable Development Solutions Network (Australia/Pacific) to help universities deepen their engagement with the SDGs.  

SDG Media Compact

- UN – Awareness Campaign -
An initiative to drive awareness of the SDGs across media and entertainment companies. Founding members have a combined audience in the billions, spread across 80 countries.


‘Can government policies that drive strong economic outcomes for the private sector alleviate poverty?’

- Global Compact Network Australia (GCNA) and RMIT University Report -

SDG Measurement and Disclosure by ASX150

- Global Compact Network Australia (GCNA) and RMIT University Research Report -
This research looks at the ASX150’s annual reports for the 2018 reporting period and how they measure and report on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Transforming Australia: SDG Progress Report

- National Sustainable Development Council – Report -
Data and evidence on Australia’s progress towards achieving the SDGs, compiled by the National Sustainable Development Council.  


A webinar showing how Downer tackled the challenge of assessing the environmental impacts of a train – one with more than 150,000 parts, a total weight of more than 550 tonnes, and an approximate 30-year lifespan. (Viewers must register in order to access this webinar)

Climate Change and Directors’ Duties: Supplementary Memorandum of Opinion

- Centre for Policy Development – Legal Opinion -
An update on a 2016 legal opinion regarding Australian law and the requirement for company directors to consider, disclose and respond to climate change. According to CPD, this supplementary opinion, provided again by Noel Hutley SC and Sebastian Hartford Davison, reinforces and strengthens the 2016 findings. Five material developments have elevated the need for directors to consider climate risks and opportunities, March 2019
Summary of a speech by UNESCO Director for Freedom of Expression and Media Development, Guy Berger. February 2019


- Podcast Series -
Podcast series exploring issues connected to the food system, sustainability, the environment and public health.

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