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Manage your impact.

SDG Impact is a global UNDP flagship initiative working to accelerate private sector activity and investment towards sustainability and achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals.

No longer an add on to what business gets done, but how all business is done.

Our objective is to make it easier for businesses and investors to embed sustainability and the SDGs into their internal management and decision-making practices, as well as direct capital to where it can make the most difference to people and planet.

Not only is this good for our communities and the environment, but it will help businesses and investors unlock new opportunities for growth, become more resilient and future fit – including by anticipating emerging risks, shift stakeholder expectations, and be ready to meet the increasing regulatory and external reporting requirements.

Most of our resources are freely available and we also offer fee-for-service training and advisory through our internal and external network of accredited trainers to support organizations on their sustainability journeys. Explore our resources and services:

SDG Investor Maps

Generating country-level data and insights about SDG-enabling investment opportunity areas in developing markets at the nexus of SDG need, policy priority and investor interest.

Explore SDG-enabling investment opportunities on the SDG Investor Platform.

Pipeline Building

Working with partners and teams on the ground using the SDG Investor Maps intelligence to connect aligned ventures with investors.

Informing country policy dialogues with insights from the SDG Investor mapping process to strengthen the enabling environment for private sector activity and investment in SDG-enabling areas.

SDG Impact Standards, Assurance and Seal

The SDG Impact Standards help organizations embed sustainability and the SDGs into decision-making in a holistic and systematic way. Learn more about the SDG Impact Standards.

The SDG Impact Assurance Scheme and SDG Impact Seal will help strengthen impact integrity and reduce the potential for impact washing. It will do this by distinguishing organizations who are more likely to be operating sustainably and contributing positively to the SDGs - based on their internal sustainability and impact management practices. Learn more about SDG Impact Assurance Scheme and the SDG Impact Seal.

Visit the Japanese language website for the SDG Impact Standards

SDG Impact Education and Training

Targeting the need and demand for sustainability and impact management skills across the market.

Learn more about the free online Impact Measurement and Management for the SDG course here.

Learn more about undertaking training on the SDG Impact Standards here.

Find out how to apply to take the SDG Impact Train-the-Trainer course and become an accredited trainer for the SDG Impact Standards here.

Find out how to apply to take the SDG Impact Assurer Training course (forthcoming) and become an accredited assurer for the SDG Impact Assurance Framework here.


We aim to see our
changed, for good.

Achieving the SDGs will create a world that is more sustainable, equitable, and prosperous. In order to get there, investors must adapt their strategies to deliver not only financial results, but positive social and environmental outcomes as well.

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    jobs created —90% in developing countries


    $12 trillion

    worth of market opportunities opened


    2-3x growth

    compared to average GDP growth over the next 10-15 years

Who we are

We envision a world in which all capital flows advance the SDGs.

Powered by the United Nations Development Programme, together with the Impact Management Project's network of partners, our resources enable more effective investing for the global good.

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We are pleased to share a testimonial for our SDG Impact Standards issued by the Rating and Investment Information, Inc. (R&I), which is Japan’s largest rating agency established in 1998. Please learn more about R&I on its website.

Enterprises, investors, and public entities in Japan welcome the birth of these innovative standards. “How can an entity demonstrate the contributions it is making to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in their entirety?”. A solution lies in the SDG Impact Standards for Enterprises by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). Based on the concepts set forth in the UN’s 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the draft SDG Impact Standards for Enterprise by UNDP, Rating and Investment Information, Inc. (R&I) announced a third-party opinion evaluating the “Kobe 2025 Vision” of the city of Kobe towards its contributions to the SDGs.

R&I sees a great promise in UNDP’s SDG Impact Standards. Through the case of the city of Kobe, R&I learned that the SDG Impact Standards can be the global language required for entities to demonstrate their philosophy and vision. The SDG Impact Standards incorporate universal concepts such as stakeholder engagement and the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights. They further provide external evaluators a dynamic measure focusing on an enterprise’s or investor’s internal processes and decision-making practices towards the SDGs, beyond a simplistic assessment based on just check boxes.

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