The Platform

The Impact Management Platform is a collaboration between the leading providers of sustainability standards and guidance that are coordinating efforts to mainstream the practice of impact management.

These Partners are working together to identify opportunities to consolidate existing sustainability resources, collectively address gaps, and coordinate with policymakers and regulators.

This website is the first product of the Platform, which was launched in November 2021.

Click here for a short downloadable summary of the Platform.

Work programme 

As part of their efforts to mainstream the practice of impact management, the Platform Partners are collaborating on four main workstreams:

Providing further guidance on the actions and landscape of impact management

The Partners are working together to build a consensus view of the actions and landscape of impact management – to help all types of organisations, investors and financial institutions to manage their sustainability impacts.

Advancing interoperability across impact management resources

Greater interoperability between international principles, frameworks and standards is critical for mainstreaming the practice of impact management and achieving the Sustainable Development Goals. The Partners are collectively advancing and demonstrating interoperability among their own resources, including through the consolidation of key concepts and terminology.

Tackling systemic issues through joint research and development

The Platform serves as a forum to enable the Partners to address issues that can only be resolved via a collective approach. Examples include providing clarity on sustainability nomenclature, enabling consistency across industry classifications, and addressing issues surrounding the digitisation of sustainability information.

Informing policy and regulatory processes

Partners share information and provide feedback on key international policy and regulatory processes. Over time, the collective outputs of the Platform can inform regulators and policymakers, as part of the Partners’ ambition to streamline and mainstream impact management practices.


Alongside this work, the Partners engage with relevant sector and topic experts, as well as market-building organisations, to build awareness and alignment of best practices across a broader range of resources.

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Each Partner has agreed to a Terms of Reference that sets out the vision, activities and governance of the Platform throughout 2022 and 2023.

Within this group of Partners sits a Steering Committee. These multilateral organisations oversee the implementation of the Platform’s work programme and, by virtue of their policy anchorage, facilitate engagement with relevant policy processes.

OECD and UNEP are the current Co-chairs. They are responsible for facilitating consensus-building, administrating the website and managing the Platform team and operations.

Observers are invited to participate in all project work related to the Platform. The guidance on the Platform website specifically reflects the common views of the Partners and not necessarily that of Observers.


Steering committee