Exploring the SDGs important to your business - mapping the way

With 17 global goals to understand, how do you know where to start? The expectation is that governments will turn to business to support them achieve the SDGs. Each government will have its own set of priorities which will drive the action it needs to take. You'll want your business to align with the SDGs so that it makes an impact that helps, not hinders, a country to achieve its goals.  There's much to consider not only for the country or countries you currently operate in, but also your supply chain and your future strategy to enter new markets and territories too.  

Getting to grips with the targets and indicators that sit behind each goal is fundamental. You'll want to understand what impact your business has on each and identify market opportunities too.  When agreeing your plans, you'll want to know which initiatives and strategic options will make the biggest positive difference or shrink a negative impact the most. You'll want to know where to direct your attention and investment.

So, to help you work out which direction to take, we've explored the SDGs for you. Taking each one in turn we've looked at the issue and its implications for business, and identified practical steps to consider.  

Our SDG Selector - helping you prioritise which SDGs are relevant to you

For an overview, we've created an interactive SDG selector. Tell us your industry and we'll tell you which SDGs are important to your sector based on the impact on the SDGs and the opportunity they represent. It's our recent business research that has given us the insight to be able to do this - for more on this see Make it your business: Engaging with the SDGs.

We know too that understanding government priorities is crucial.  So we've included results from our Business Navigator tool to reveal the top SDG priorities for each of the 193 governments who ratified the SDGs based on the indicators they need to make the most headway on. It means you can review the priorities of your local government as well as those of your operations and suppliers around the world.

Our SDG Guide - diving into the business implications of each SDG

For a more in depth perspective, Navigating the SDGs: a business guide to engaging with the UN Global Goals provides the information your business needs to map the way ahead.