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

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

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).

‘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.
A KPMG report that seeks to promote quality criteria around SDG reporting. The report aims to help investors, asset managers and ratings agencies understand what SDG reporting they should be looking for and requesting from companies on their radar.

PODCASTS, WEBCASTS AND MORE

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.
EY argues that organisations can harness the SDGs to “drive growth, address risk, attract capital and focus on purpose.”

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)

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