SDG Impact Standards for Enterprises

Last updated: 2021

Practice standards that provide a common language and a system for integrating sustainable development issues, the Sustainable Development Goals and impact management into business and investment decision-making. These practice standards also outline the ‘ABC’ classification methodology, which helps organisations assess whether an impact ‘Acts to reduce harm’, ‘Benefits stakeholders’, or ‘Contributes to solutions’ in relation to the SDGs.

Use this resource to:

Set up processes and embed practices that orient an organisation towards achieving the SDGs. The SDG Impact Standard contains practice indicators that are relevant to several actions. Use the links below to access guidance for different practice indicators. Alternatively, view the whole guidance document here.

SDG Impact Seal and Assurance Framework

Forthcoming: Assurance criteria for demonstrating adherence to the SDG Impact Standards for Enterprises, Private Equity Funds or Bonds, and associated certification.

For organisations

Use this resource to:

  • Verify: Certify that an organisation’s systems and processes adhere to the SDG Impact Standards.

For investors and financial institutions

Use this resource to:

  • Assess: Review certifications from underlying assets to check their systems and processes adhere to the SDG Impact Standards.

Impact Standards for Financing Sustainable Development (IS-FSD)

Last updated: 2021

Practice standards to support donors in the deployment of public resources through DFIs and private asset managers, in a way that maximises the positive contribution towards the SDGs. The Standards are harmonised in approach with the UNDP SDG Impact Standards suite, the IS-FSD constitute a framework, ensuring that collectively (with the SDG Impact Standards for PE Funds, Bond Issuers and Enterprises) they help to connect actors across the system using a common language and approach for integrating SDG impacts in the investment strategy and throughout the investment process and governance structures.

Use this resource to:

  • Governance: Set up processes and embed practices that are aligned with the SDG Impact Standards.
  • Assess: Understand whether all relevant information is being actioned to understand impact. The Standards outline how baselines, social/ ecological thresholds and other contextual information should be included in assessment of whether an underlying asset is contributing to the SDGs.

SDG Impact Standards for Private Equity Funds

Last updated: 2020

Practice standards that provide a common language and a system for integrating sustainable development issues, the Sustainable Development Goals and impact management into business and investment decision-making.

Use this resource to:

  • Strategy: Use the standards to inform internal decision-making. The standards are designed to transform how enterprises and investors think about value creation, and integrate impact management and contributing positively to the SDGs in their strategy.
  • Governance: Learn how to integrate impact management into the management approach, disclosure and governance practices.

SDG Impact Standards for Bond Issuers

Last updated: 2020

Practice standards that provide a common language and a system for integrating sustainable development issues, the Sustainable Development Goals and impact management into business and investment decision-making.

Use this resource to:

  • Strategy: Use the standards to inform internal decision-making. The standards are designed to transform how enterprises and investors think about value creation, and integrate impact management and contributing positively to the SDGs in their strategy.
  • Governance: Learn how to integrate impact management into the management approach, disclosure and governance practices.