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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.


The Poverty Footprint

- Assessment Tool -
An assessment tool that helps companies and civil society partners understand their impact on poverty. It promotes greater corporate transparency, meaningful stakeholder engagement, and can be used to develop pro-poor business strategies. This Poverty Footprint was produced by Oxfam in collaboration with the UN Global Compact.
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.)
A down-to-earth introduction to the SDGs, with tips on how all of us can adopt changes that will make a difference.
A guide to integrating social values into core business operations and bottom-line decision making from the Initiative for Global Development.


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).

Almost everything you know about impact investing is wrong

- Stanford Social Innovation Review – Article -
A March 2019 report offering a “straightforward approach, principles, and tips to use in developing a responsible investment policy.”
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).


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.
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.

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.

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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