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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 World Bank resource that includes more than 180 maps and charts showing progress towards the 17 SDGs. “The World Bank Group authorizes the use of this material subject to the terms and conditions on its website, Legal.”
A guide from the Global Compact Network Australia to help Australian employees deepen their engagement with the SDGs.

UN SDG Action Campaign and Awards

- UN – Campaign -
A global campaign designed to acknowledge, showcase and celebrate leadership, innovation and creativity in relation to the SDGs and the sustainable development movement.

ARTICLES & REPORTS

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.

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.  
PwC argues the commercial case for sustainability. Environmental and social responsibility aren’t just a matter of risk and reputation management, but rather a core driver of how smart, modern companies must develop, offering opportunities to be product, service and market leaders, it says.
A March 2019 report offering a “straightforward approach, principles, and tips to use in developing a responsible investment policy.”

PODCASTS, WEBCASTS AND MORE

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.

Rethinking Finance for Sustainable Development; Challenges and Progress

- UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific - Blog -
Addresses the question of how the world can finance such an ambitious agenda as the one posed by the SDGs.
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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