Purpose: To support organizations seeking to integrate sustainable development issues into their strategy and communicate their contribution to achieving the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) through their integrated report, as well as to inform decisions, policies and tools of supranationals and others.
Who should attend: Participants should be leading the non-financial or integrated reporting efforts and/or SDG strategy in organizations that:
Chair: The <IR> Business Network Group on the SDGs will be Chaired by a business – ideally also a member of the UNGC CFO Taskforce. The Co-chair will be the UNEP-FI.
Participants: A minimum of 10 <IR> Business Network participants, especially those who are also active contributors to other related initiatives (such as the UNGC CFO Taskforce and UNEP-FI members).
Secretariat: Liz Prescott (Technical Director and SDGs Group Lead), Dr Jeremy Osborn (Director of Business Relationships & Networks) and Milana Fomina (<IR> Business Network Manager), Value Reporting Foundation, will convene the Group.
Format: Bi-monthly meetings, with guided work by participants within their own organizations between meetings. Meetings will be approximately 1-2 hours in duration and be semi-structured i.e., with set discussion points / agendas plus an opportunity to discuss participant implementation considerations.
Content: Meetings will discuss issues in incorporating the SDGs into integrated thinking and reporting and different approaches to implementation. They will consider the challenges and opportunities brought about by reporting according to UN recommendations and other matters relevant to participants. Participants will be encouraged to adopt the UNEP-FI’s Corporate Impact Analysis Tool and apply this in their identification of their material contributions to the SDGs. We will coordinate induction workshops on implementing this tool with UNEP-FI.
Output: A practical guide to implementing the SDGs within integrated thinking (i.e., “the active consideration by an organization of the relationships between its various operating and functional units and the capitals that the organization uses or affects”) and integrated reporting, published in 2022 as a practical, business-led resource
featuring case studies, examples and insights from preparers. Development of the guide will also inform the selection of best practice examples of SDG reporting for the <IR> Examples database in 2022.
Constructive feedback to UNEP-FI on the the benefits and challenges from adopting UNEP-FI’s Holistic Impact Methodology, feeding into a new and improved iteration of the Corporate Impact Analysis Tool in 2022.
Opportunity to inform (or indirectly support) the tools and initiatives of respected supranationals and international bodies, such as UNDP’s SDG Impact Standards and Practice Indicators or UNCTAD’s core indicators for contribution
towards implementation of the SDGs.
The guide will assist organizations in implementing and disclosing the SDGs by discussing implementation experiences, good practice, challenges etc. on an anonymized basis, except in some quotes or case studies where specifically agreed (to be discussed / agreed with participants).
Key outcomes for members of the SDGs Group:
The role of the members of the SDGs Group:
The Sustainable Development Goals, integrated thinking and the integrated report (Carol Adams, IIRC, ICAS, 2017)
The Sustainable Development Goals Disclosure (SDGD) Recommendations (Adams, C A, with Druckman, P B, Picot, R C, (2020), published by ACCA, Chartered Accountants ANZ, ICAS, IFAC, IIRC and WBA) & Feedback on the Consultation Responses (2020, Carol Adams, published by ACCA, IIRC, WBA)
UNCTAD Core SDG indicators for entity reporting (2020)
UNEP FI Impact Analysis Tools
UNGC SDG Ambition reports (2020) – SDG Ambition – Scaling Business Impact for the Decade of Action, Ambition Guide: Setting Goals for the Decade of Action, Integration Guide: Designing Business Systems for the SDGs
UNGC CFO Taskforce for the SDGs (2020-22)