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Manage your impact.

SDG Impact is a UNDP flagship initiative, working to accelerate private sector contributions towards the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals by 2030.

Our objective is to make it easier for businesses and investors embed sustainability and the SDGs into their decision-making practices and direct capital to where it can make the most difference to people and planet. Explore our products, services and tools to support the private sector on its sustainability journey with the SDG Investor Maps, SDG Impact Standards and SDG Impact Education & Training.

SDG Investor Map

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 Impact Standards, Assurance and Seal

The SDG Impact Standards are independent voluntary management standards designed to guide businesses and investors on their sustainability journeys. Learn more about the SDG Impact Standards.

SDG Impact Standards Assurance Framework and SDG Impact Seal are the fundamental pieces in the ecosystem to strengthen impact integrity and counter impact-washing in the private sector which are due to launch soon. Learn more about the SDG Impact Assurance Framework and SDG Impact Seal.

Visit the Japanese language website for the SDG Impact Standards

SDG Impact Education and Training

Targeting the growing demand for sustainability and impact management skills across the market. Learn more about the courses on offer to support this demand and the adoption of the SDG Impact Standards.


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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