The SDG Compass is a five step framework created by the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI), United Nations Global Compact and the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD). By developing and delivering solutions for the achievement of the SDGs, companies can discover new growth opportunities and lower their risk profiles. Companies can use the SDGs as an overarching framework to shape, steer, communicate and report their strategies, goals and activities, allowing them to capitalize on a range of benefits.
1. Identifying future business opportunities
The SDGs aim to redirect global public and private investment flows towards the challenges they represent. This will further grow markets and ease access to capital for companies that can offer relevant technologies and solutions through sustainable and inclusive business models.
2. Enhancing the value of corporate sustainability
By integrating sustainability considerations across the value chain, companies can protect and create value for themselves by, for example, increasing sales, developing new market segments, strengthening the brand, improving operational efficiency, stimulating product innovation and reducing employee turnover
3. Strengthening stakeholder relations and keeping pace with policy developments
The SDGs reflect stakeholder expectations as well as future policy direction at the international, national and regional levels. Companies that align their priorities with the SDGs can better engage with customers, employees and other stakeholders, with those that don’t being exposed to growing legal and reputational risks. Companies that help advance the SDGs will be likely to:
4. Stabilizing societies and markets
Business cannot succeed in societies that fail. Investing in the achievement of the SDGs supports pillars of business success. Successful implementation of the SDGs will help to:
5. Using a common language and shared purpose
The SDGs define a common framework of action and language that will help companies communicate more consistently and effectively with stakeholders about their impact and performance. Because they provide a unified sense of priorities and purpose across all dimensions of sustainable development, the SDGs may also assist in the creation of more effective partnerships with governments, civil society organizations and other companies.
See the SDG Compass website for more information and business tools and indicators databases to help measure & track your progress