Our Rating Criteria

If we’re to achieve the UN Sustainable Development Goals by 2030, we need businesses to get behind them.

Our simple rating system helps organisations understand how to effectively build and communicate their support for the goals.

It’s not about the level of contribution you make; it’s about stepping up, making a difference – whatever the scale – and raising recognition and understanding.

Simple and objective

Support the Goals uses a simple, objective ‘traffic light’ rating to show your progress towards completing five key criteria:

priority goals, measurable targets, taking action, performance data, and supplier education.

A star is awarded for each step for which we find public evidence.

Priority Goals


Example : “We have identified Goals 5, 7, and 12 as most relevant to our business”.

You should engage stakeholders in determining the goals most relevant to you and publicly share your plans to support them:

No public evidence of identified priority goals

Publicly states support for the goals

Publicly states which goals are priorities for the business

Measurable Targets


Example : “We aim to achieve a 20% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by 2025 in support of Goal 13: Climate Action”

You should make measurable targets to support the Global Goals you identified:

No public evidence of measurable targets

Publicly declares measurable environmental and/or social targets, but doesn’t clearly state how these will contribute to the goals

Publicly declares measurable targets and clearly states how these will contribute to specific goals

Taking Action


Example : “We installed solar panels at our HQ, supporting Goal 7: Affordable and Clean Energy”.

You should publicly share examples of how your actions are supporting the identified Global Goals (these could include stories shared on this site):

No public evidence of any actions that support the goals

Publicly shares environmental and/or social actions, but doesn’t clearly state how these will contribute to the goals

Publicly shares examples of environmental and/or social actions, and clearly shows how these contribute to specific goals

Performance Data


Example : “In 2018, our business reduced food waste by 22%, supporting Goal 12: Responsible Consumption and Production

You should publicly share how your performance data contributes to the goals:

No public evidence of any performance data that contributes to the goals

Publicly shares data on their environmental/social performance data, but doesn’t clearly state how this contributes to the goals

Publicly shares data on their environmental/social performance data and clearly states how these contribute to specific goals

Supplier Education


Example : “We hold workshops with our suppliers to educate them about the global goals and why they should support them.

You should actively involve and educate your suppliers to support the goals:

No public evidence of educating suppliers in the goals

Publicly declares that they involve their suppliers in environmental and/or social progress, but doesn’t clearly state that they educate them about the goals

Publicly declares that they involve and educate their suppliers in the goals, or use the Support the Goals supplier education program

SDG Disclosure recommendations

Learn about best practise for corporations reporting on the SDGs
with this guide from Professor Carol Adams, published by ACCA, ICAS, CA ANZ, IIRC, and WBA