SDG Impact Standards

Investors and enterprises are increasingly aligning their activities with the SDGs. There is a clear opportunity to mobilize significant resources and make real progress towards the SDGs. What’s missing is a clear framework for integrating impacts on SDGs into business and investment decision making. The SDG Impact Standards address that gap.

Public Consultation

The SDG Impact Standards will be subject to an initial public consultation period of three months. Another shorter period of public consultation will follow after the Standards have been revised to account for initial feedback.

The consultation process has been designed to meet both the UNDP Principles for social and environmental standards and ISEAL Alliance’s international benchmarks for design, impact and consultation. An engagement plan seeks feedback from a broad range of Stakeholders, including the investment and business community, civil service organizations, organizations expert in human rights and the rights of indigenous peoples, other United Nations bodies and initiatives, and relevant industry groups.

For more information on how you can contribute, please visit the SDG Bonds, Private Equity, and Enterprise pages linked above or contact us at

Independent assurance


Certification against the Standards will be provided by independent, UNDP accredited certifiers. Assurance will recognize where each Practice Indicator is not yet observed, developing, or developed, guided by suggested evidence.

SDG Impact Seal

A SDG Impact Seal, awarded by a third-party independent certifier, is under development.

Impact Management

SDG Impact Standards for Private Equity

SDG Impact Standards for SDG Bonds

SDG Impact Standards for Enterprise