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 down-to-earth introduction to the SDGs, with tips on how all of us can adopt changes that will make a difference.

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.

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.

ARTICLES & REPORTS

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).
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 report on the inaugural Australian SDGs Summit, co-hosted in 2016 by a coalition of peak bodies – the Australian Council for International Development (ACFID), the Australian Council of Social Services (ACOSS), Global Compact Network Australia (GCNA), and the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) Australia/Pacific.

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.

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.

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.”

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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