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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

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.

Corporate Citizenship

- Resources Hub -
A suite of resources and information for companies looking to assess and improve their corporate responsibility performance. The website includes case studies, looks at risks and opportunities arising from social, environmental, economic and other trends, benchmarking, identification of material issues, strategy and stakeholder relations.

SDG Reporting Challenge 2018

- PwC Benchmarking Tool -
An analysis of corporate and sustainability reports of 729 companies across 21 territories and 6 industries by PwC. The data can be used by business to compare with others in the same sector or geography and used to enhance future communication about SDG-related performance.
A guide from the Global Compact Network Australia to help Australian employees deepen their engagement with the SDGs.

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

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

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)
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.

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