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.

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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What we do

A clear plan to
optimize your impact.

SDG Impact is a UNDP initiative, tasked with developing resources under three central pillars to accelerate investment towards achieving the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals by 2030. View our brochure.

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Targeting the gap between high level principles and impact performance reporting.

SDG Impact Standards

Re-orient practice away from using the SDGs in to report current activities differently towards using them more strategically to make different decisions. Promote market development by encouraging and authenticating transparency and assurance of practice to strengthen impact integrity and build market confidence and trust in SDG-enabling investment.

OECD-UNDP Impact Standards for Financing Sustainable Development

UNDP SDG Impact collaborated with OECD on developing the Impact Standards for Financing Sustainable Development (IS-FSD). The Standards are designed to support donors in the deployment of public resources through development finance institutions (DFIs) and private asset managers, in a way that maximises the positive contribution towards the sustainable development goals (SDGs).

Independent Assurance & Seal

Independent assurance against the standards will be encouraged and SDG Impact is working with stakeholders to develop an accreditation system for independent practice assurers. An SDG Impact Seal and associated governance is being developed. Issuers of SDG Bonds, Private Equity Fund Managers and Enterprises will be able to apply based on independent assurance of practice to a pre-determined level to qualify.

Impact Management Education

UNDP SDG Impact collaborated with CASE at Duke University to offer the free Impact Measurement & Management for the SDGs course on Coursera. The 10 hour programme teaches investors and enterprises how to integrate impact management practices – in line with the UNDP SDG Impact Standards – into their decision making, and how to operate more sustainably and increase their contributions towards achievement of the SDGs.

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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

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To prosper over time, every company must not only deliver financial performance, but also show how it makes a positive contribution to society


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