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SDG Investor Maps 01
Generating country-level data and insights about SDG-enabling investment opportunities. This work targets the gap between interest in investing in SDGs and the business models that could provide investable opportunities.
SDG Investor Maps
Our SDG Investor Maps is a market intelligence tool that helps the private sector identify investment themes in emerging markets which have significant potential to advance the SDGs that are aligned to government policies and sustainable national development needs.
Explore the SDG Investor Maps market intelligence on the SDG Investor Platform which houses over 330 investment opportunity areas that cover investment themes and potential business models.
Examples of Investment Opportunity Areas identified in SDG Investor MapsClick on the maps to read the investment opportunity
SDG Impact Standards, Assurance & Seal 02
Targeting the gap between high level principles and impact performance reporting.
The SDG Impact Standards are voluntary internal management standards designed to guide businesses and investors embed sustainability and the SDG into their management systems and decision-making practices. Learn more.
Click through to the Japanese language version of the SDG Impact website here.
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 against the SDG Impact 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.
Education and Training courses have been designed to further the adoption of the SDG Impact Standards
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The Impact Measurement and Management for the SDGs is a free on-line course available on the Coursera platform, and is the step to understanding the SDG Impact Standards.
Produced by the award winning team at CASE at Duke University, and developed in collaboration with the UNDP SDG Impact team and advisors from around the world, this course consolidates several decades of work around impact management into a cutting-edge guide based on short videos and lessons with concrete practical examples.
The course emphasizes ways to improve decision-making for impact on SDGs through changes enterprises and investors can make in strategy, management approach, transparency, and governance, which align with the UNDP’s SDG Impact Standards.
SDG Impact provides customised advisory services for private sector decision makers and public sector policymakers.
SDG Impact Standards User and Assurer Training
UNDP is partnering with Social Value International to co-create and deliver high quality “train-the-trainer” programs and training materials on the SDG Impact Standards to develop the network of trainers to train standards users and assurers. The objectives of the partnership are threefold:
- To train and accredit a global network of trainers who can then train current and potential users, assurers and related parties on the SDG Impact Standards
- To drive awareness and adoption of the SDG Impact Standards by broadening reach through UNDP’s global network as well as external network operators
- To create a culture and shared language and approach for integrating impact management, sustainability and the SDGs into management decision-making in the private sector in line with the SDG Impact Standards.
UNDP, as developer and owner of the SDG Impact Standards, and SVI, as an established impact management and social value accounting training provider and network operator, bring complementary capabilities and a shared goal to drive convergence and a common language and approach for integrating sustainability and the SDGs into private sector management decision making.
The train-the-trainer business model and objectives of the partnership support both organizations’ aims to develop a community of individuals who can deliver high quality and consistent training to the market that helps to drive change at the system level by building system capacity and capability and empowering others..
The train-the-trainer program was initially delivered by SVI and SDG Impact team members with the goal of developing a network of accredited trainers (both internal and external to UNDP) around the world who can deliver high quality and consistent user training on the SDG Impact Standards and training to prepare potential assurers to deliver assurance engagements in a consistent way. This may be expanded to include local market partners in the future to enable and facilitate delivery of train-the-trainer programs in local languages and with local market context.
The development phase of the train-the-trainer program is being piloted.
SDG Impact continues to work in partnership with SVI in a number of different ways. Technically, the SVI Standards for applying the Principles of Social Value were instrumental in the development of the SDG Impact Standards. As well as being influenced by SVI's work, the emergence of the SDG Impact Standards has helped SVI to evolve their own Standards including the introduction of an 8th Principle (Be Responsive) and defining a more explicit purpose around optimising wellbeing in order to support sustainable development. Our technical collaboration is accelerating convergence of Impact Measurement and Management Standards.
SDG Impact has also partnered with SVI utilising their vast network of IMM practitioners and their experience delivering training and accrediting individuals. Together we are strong advocates for assurance, and we will be collaborating further to scale training and roll out the assurance model for the SDG Impact Standards.
WHY THIS MATTERS
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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ACHIEVING THE SDGs PROVIDES…
jobs created —90% in developing countries
worth of market opportunities opened
compared to average GDP growth over the next 10-15 years
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.