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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.


The Poverty Footprint

- Assessment Tool -
An assessment tool that helps companies and civil society partners understand their impact on poverty. It promotes greater corporate transparency, meaningful stakeholder engagement, and can be used to develop pro-poor business strategies. This Poverty Footprint was produced by Oxfam in collaboration with the UN Global Compact.
A guide from the Global Compact Network Australia to help Australian business leaders deepen their engagement with the SDGs.
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.)
A guide from the Sustainable Development Solutions Network (Australia/Pacific) to help universities deepen their engagement with the SDGs.  


‘Can government policies that drive strong economic outcomes for the private sector alleviate poverty?’

- Global Compact Network Australia (GCNA) and RMIT University Report -
A report outlining the Australian Government’s approach to data for reporting the Sustainable Development Goals, and introducing the Reporting Platform on the SDGs global indicator framework.

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 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).


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.”

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)
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.

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