Business Reporting on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

Business Reporting on the SDGs

It’s becoming widely accepted that business has a critical role to play in the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). At the same time, there is increasing pressure on business leaders to provide information on a much broader basis to multiple stakeholders - such as investors, employees, customers and suppliers. Changing dynamics in these stakeholder relationships and a need to build and maintain trust, has put increased transparency high on the priority list for business leaders. Demonstrating the wider impact of a business’ operations is no longer optional for leading businesses.

The Global Goals give us a globally agreed set of targets to address the world's most pressing social, environmental and economic challenges and can be used to provide the perfect framework for business to report on their impact and contribution to society. But there’s a need for a consistent approach in how business is reporting this contribution. This will allow companies to be transparent about their operations, enable investors to make informed decisions and give governments an understanding of how business is contributing to the goals in their country.

That’s why we’re supporting the UN Global Compact, the world’s largest corporate sustainability initiative, and GRI, the world’s leading organisation for sustainability reporting, to create a mechanism to help businesses prioritise and report on the SDGs.

“When 193 governments came together to agree and achieve 17 goals tackling major world issues, it only seems sensible that business aligns its strategy and reporting against the same objectives.”

Malcolm PrestonGlobal Sustainability Leader

Supporting GRI and the UN Global Compact

We’re making it easier for business to understand, assess and report on its contribution to the SDGs. This multi-stakeholder movement will play a pivotal role in shaping the future of corporate reporting on the SDGs.

PwC provided strategic support and expertise to create two vital outputs:

  • The Practical Guide should be used in conjunction with the analysis and provides information on how to prioritise and report on each of the goals.

It's a first step towards helping business to report on the SDGs in a comparable and effective way. 

Embedding into strategy 

For a company to report on its progress, it will need to be making progress. It's expected that an adjustment in reporting will have a flow-on effect on how the SDGs are measured and ultimately, embedded into strategy. If what gets measured, gets managed, then it follows that business will need to dig deeper than the top level goals and set smart targets that will align with how progress will eventually be reported. In this way, we're helping business to take action and make a significant contribution to the SDGs.

The Reporting on the SDGs Action Platform was launched in The Hague on 27 March 2017. Watch the video to find out why UN Global Compact, GRI, PwC and members of the Action Platform are working together to activate private sector contributions to the global goals. Video courtesy of GRI

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Louise Scott

Louise Scott

Chief Operating Officer, Global ESG, PwC United Kingdom

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