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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.


Impact Reporting & Investment Standards (IRIS)

- Performance Measurement Standards -
Generally accepted performance metrics used by leading impact investors to integrate social and environmental factors into investment decisions alongside risk and return.
How 101 of the world’s largest publicly traded companies fare on a set of human rights indicators.  CHRB seeks to stimulate competition between corporates and drive change. (The CHRB project is owned by Corporate Human Rights Benchmark Ltd.)

SDG Business Hub

- Resource Hub -
An easy-to-use, centralised location to find developments and trends, insights and other resources to assist companies to engage with the SDGs. The site also includes some country-specific reports.
A guide from the Global Compact Network Australia to help Australian employees deepen their engagement with the SDGs.


A report on the 2018 Australian Sustainable Development Goals Summit, held in March 2018 and co-hosted by a coalition of peak bodies in Australia – the Australian Council for International Development (ACFID), the Australian Council of Social Services (ACOSS), Global Compact Network Australia, Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) Australia, New Zealand & Pacific, and the United Nations Association of Australia (UNAA).

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

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

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.
A March 2019 report offering a “straightforward approach, principles, and tips to use in developing a responsible investment policy.”


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.
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.

Financing the SDGs with Martin Chrisney – CGD Podcast

- Centre for Global Development - Podcast -
Martin Chrisney, Director of the International Development Assistance Services Institute at KPMG, discusses blended finance and development in this November 2018 podcast with the Center for Global Development. (Approx. 15 minutes)
EY argues that organisations can harness the SDGs to “drive growth, address risk, attract capital and focus on purpose.”

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