Adopted In 2015, the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development has 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs or Global Goals) with 169 measurable targets. The Agenda is universal, inclusive and indivisible, and calls for action from all countries and companies to improve the lives of people everywhere.
The UN Global Compact encourages businesses worldwide to adopt sustainable and socially responsible policies, and to report on their implementation. It identifies business opportunities to advance the SDGs through Action Platforms, the Blueprint for Business Leadership, Project Breakthrough for Innovation, and other research.
Many impact investors realize the value of aligning their investments with the SDGs. Doing so provides much-needed resources to achieving this global vision of people, planet and prosperity. It also creates a useful framework to contextualize and communicate impact objectives to various stakeholder groups.
The role of business and investing in achieving the SDGs will be more complex than abiding to sets of rules. Companies can use data monitoring and set baselines for local and regional goals, meetings needs for sustainability in their communities through the power of data.