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.

SDG Industry Matrix

- KPMG/UN Global Compact Resource -
A platform for showcasing specific and practical examples of actions within six different industries that aid progress on the SDGs. The industries profiled include: financial services; food, beverage and consumer goods; healthcare and life sciences; industrial manufacturing; transportation; and energy, natural resources and chemicals.
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.)

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.

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).

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.  
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.

Almost everything you know about impact investing is wrong

- Stanford Social Innovation Review – Article -

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.
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.
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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