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.

Impact Reporting & Investment Standards (IRIS)

- Performance Measurement Standards -
Generally accepted performance metrics used by leading impact investors to integrate social and environmental factors into investment decisions alongside risk and return.

SDG Compass

- Guide -
A practical tool for companies seeking to align their operations with the SDGs, and be able to measure and manage their contribution. SDG Compass was developed by GRI, the UN Global Compact and the World Business Council for Sustainable Development.
A guide from the Sustainable Development Solutions Network (Australia/Pacific) to help universities deepen their engagement with the SDGs.  

ARTICLES & REPORTS

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.
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.

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

- Global Compact Network Australia (GCNA) and RMIT University Report -

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

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.
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.
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.

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