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.
What we do
A clear plan to
optimize your impact.
Impact Management 01
Targeting the gap between high level principles and impact performance reporting.
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.
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 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.
Impact Intelligence 02
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.
In-depth reports on SDG-enabling investment opportunities and conditions in target markets and sectors.
Click here to view a short presentation on the SDG Investor Maps methodology.
Market intelligence to accelerate SDG-aligned investment globally, as identified through the SDG Investor Maps.
Examples of Investment Opportunity Areas identified in SDG Investor MapsClick on the maps to read the investment opportunity
Impact Facilitation 03
Bringing together UNDP's global project pipeline, development partners, and investor networks to catalyze local solutions.
Investor Convenings and Policy Dialogues
Tapping into networks of policy makers, investors, business and individuals to translate opportunities into action and policy. This work targets the gap between business as usual and new combinations of actors and information, to encourage investors to enter and navigate new markets.
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.
Want to learn more about the
Sustainable Development Goals?
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
To prosper over time, every company must not only deliver financial performance, but also show how it makes a positive contribution to society