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 four key steps: planning, commitments, actions, and progress.

A star is awarded for each green light.

Planning


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 a plan that supports the goals

Publicly states support for the goals

Publicly states which goals are priorities for the business

Commitments


Example : “We aim to support Global Goal 8 by ensuring no member of our supply chain in the UK or overseas is forced into work against their wishes.”

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

No public evidence of measurable commitments

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

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

Actions


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 declares measurable environmental and/or social commitments, 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

Progress


Example : “SDG 12.3 – Responsible Consumption and Production: In 2018, our business reduced food waste by 22%.”

You should publicly share how your actions have measurably contributed to the goals:

No public evidence of measurable contribution to the goals

Publicly shares data on their environmental and/or social progress, but doesn’t clearly show how this contributes to the goals

Publicly shares data on their environmental and/or social progress, and clearly shows how this contributes to specific goals.

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