Frequently Asked Questions

What are the UN Sustainable Development Goals?

Why should businesses support the UN Sustainable Development Goals?

What is Support the Goals?

Why should my business join Support the Goals?

How does your rating system work?

How can my business improve is rating?

Why are FTSE100, FTSE250 and ASX100 businesses listed?

How do you carry out your research?

What are the UN Sustainable Development Goals?

The UN Sustainable Development Goals, also known as the SDGs or Global Goals, are the global plan to tackle poverty, inequality, and climate change by 2030. They were agreed by 193 world leaders and launched in 2016, following the world’s largest consultation exercise.

You can learn the basics about the goals here, or get more detailed information from the UN here.

Why should businesses support the UN Sustainable Development Goals?

We will only achieve the goals with support from businesses and, with 72% of businesses referring to the goals within annual statements, they have clearly broken into the mainstream of corporate reporting (research from pwc’s 2018 SDG reporting challenge).

The business case for supporting the goals is clear. According to the Business and Sustainable Development Commission’s ‘Better Business Better World’ report, businesses, achieving the Global Goals creates at least $12 trillion in market opportunities and could generate 380 million jobs by 2030.

What is Support the Goals?

Support the Goals is an initiative to celebrate businesses supporting the UN Sustainable Development Goals. It aims to raise awareness of the SDGs in the business community, and to encourage support through positive publicity and gentle competition.

You can find out more about Support the Goals here.

Why should my business join Support the Goals?

It’s free to join Support the Goals, and you’ll be adding your business’s name to the list industry leaders, innovators, and everyday businesses who are helping make a better world by 2030.

You also get lots of benefits, including a rating, certificate, advice, and recommendations. Find out more and sign up here.

How does your rating system work?

Our rating system helps your business and your stakeholders understand whether your business has taken key steps in communicating its support for the goals. We look to see if businesses are communicating their plans, commitments, actions and progress, and award a star for each of these steps.

You can read more about our rating criteria here.

How can my business improve its rating?

Businesses can improve their rating by sharing their plans, commitments, actions, and progress to support the goals. To do this effectively, businesses should take an integrated approach to planning and reporting as described in this this excellent guide by Professor Carol Adams, published by ICAS and IIRC.

Businesses that join Support the Goals get free advice and recommendations on how to improve their rating from TBL Services (UK), and Integrated Horizons (Australia).

Why are FTSE100, FTSE250 and ASX100 businesses listed?

Although joining Support the Goals is voluntary, we automatically rate and list businesses within the UK FTSE100, FTSE250, and Australian ASX100 indices.

As some of the largest publicly listed companies in the UK and Australia, we feel it’s important to raise awareness of how these businesses communicate their support for the goals.

How do you carry out your research?

Our research on members of the UK FTSE100, FTSE250, and Australian ASX100 is carried out by analysing the public disclosures of constituent businesses, specifically their annual reports, integrated reports, sustainability / CSR reports, and relevant sections of their website. These are rated according to our criteria.

The research is carried out twice a year, and we encourage businesses us to contact us when any relevant changes are made to their reporting, or if they feel that their rating doesn’t reflect their communications.

Members of Support the Goals complete a simple questionnaire to let us know how they communicate their plans, commitments, actions, and progress to support the goals. All information is checked before a rating is given.