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

A guide to integrating social values into core business operations and bottom-line decision making from the Initiative for Global Development.

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.

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.
A guide from the Global Compact Network Australia to help Australian business leaders deepen their engagement with the SDGs.

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 -
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.”

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.  

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.
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)

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