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

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

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 Business Hub

- Resource Hub -
An easy-to-use, centralised location to find developments and trends, insights and other resources to assist companies to engage with the SDGs. The site also includes some country-specific reports.

ARTICLES & REPORTS

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 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.
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.

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

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

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