Getting Started

Your shortcut to practical tools, interesting reads and inventive ideas

These tools and information provide an introduction to the SDGs and how they might be applied by academia, civil society, business and governments.

Many more resources can be found by searching by goal or by industry sector, and can help identify where organisations intersect with the SDGs, why the SDGs matter, and the case for acting.

We welcome recommendations of additional resources that fit with our goal to be a repository of credible, useful and relevant resources and a platform for showcasing Australian actions related to the SDGs.

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.

TOOLS

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 UN site detailing information about the goals, their development and implementation.

SDG Reporting Challenge 2018

- PwC Benchmarking Tool -
An analysis of corporate and sustainability reports of 729 companies across 21 territories and 6 industries by PwC. The data can be used by business to compare with others in the same sector or geography and used to enhance future communication about SDG-related performance.
Part of SDG Business Hub, this guide helps translate SDG goals into business action. It argues that business engagement will enable companies to better manage risk, anticipate consumer demand, build positions in growth markets and strengthen supply chains, among other things.

ARTICLES & REPORTS

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

- Global Compact Network Australia (GCNA) and RMIT University Report -
An introduction to the SDGs and the role of business. It explores how the UN Global Compact works with companies to set corporate goals inspired by the SDGs, stimulating innovation, investment, engagement and ultimately performance.

Measuring Effectiveness: Roadmap to Assessing System-level and SDG Investing

- The Investment Integration Project – Report -
A roadmap to help investors ensure they are moving beyond generating environmental or social impact through individual market transactions and alignment with broader system-level goals, and are also influencing related system-level change.

Almost everything you know about impact investing is wrong

- Stanford Social Innovation Review – Article -

PODCASTS, WEBCASTS AND MORE

A 36-page Oxfam review of SDG engagement by 76 of the world’s largest companies. It finds that while uptake of the SDGs by companies is high, there is little evidence that the SDGs have changed sustainability strategies with regards to priorities, ambition or transparency. Oxfam suggests how business can more effectively engage. Published September 2018.
Dr Rajiv J Shah, president of The Rockefeller Foundation, asks the question: How to close the gap between the cost of solving the world’s most critical problems – poverty, hunger, disease, inequality, climate change – and the available funds from the world’s philanthropic funds, and the global development and aid budgets of governments.
Michael Green, part of the team behind the Social Progress Index, speaks at the “We the Future” day, hosted at the TED World Theater. This data-packed talk includes Green’s analysis on the steps each country has (or hasn’t) made on the SDGs, and new ideas on what needs to change.
EY argues that organisations can harness the SDGs to “drive growth, address risk, attract capital and focus on purpose.”

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