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If we want to achieve the UN’s sustainable development goals, we must increase responsible investment. From millions to billions. To realise this, investors want to invest in those opportunities that really contribute to those goals. The SDG Impact Assessment Working Group offers a guide for this.

The United Nations has developed Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). These provide a roadmap towards realising a better world by 2030. But this requires a lot of investment. Investment with a measurable impact on the goals. In order to drive these investments, we need a uniform and common method to measure the impact of investment on the SDGs. 

Impact per SDG – an overview

The SDG Impact Measurement Working Group carried out research into available methodologies, data sources and practical examples of impact measurement. Next, it launches a series of papers. For each SDG, a publication sets out the methods and data sources available to determine the contribution to this SDG. The overview provides investors with a guide to measuring the impact of their investments in a uniform manner per SDG. 

Impactmeting SDG 2, 3, 6 & 7

The working group has published the first series of papers. The first one offers an introduction to this series of SDG Impact Measurement Overviews. In addition, there are four publications on the impact measurement for each of the following SDGs:

  • SDG 2 (Zero hunger)
  • SDG 3 (Good health and well-being)
  • SDG 6 (Clean water and sanitation)
  • SDG 7 (Affordable and clean energy).

The working group is now preparing publications for the other SDGs. And it will publish updates when new methodologies, improved data or more insightful examples come on the market.

Impact measurement indicators

With this series, the working group builds on the previous publication, SDG impact indicators – A guide for investors and companies, which provides a limited number of indicators for each SDG. Investors can use these indicators to establish the extent to which their loans and investment contribute to the SDGs. At the same time, the indicators allow them to collect data in a much more targeted way.

Indicatoren SDG-impact

Request for feedback

The working group invites investors to provide feedback on the publications. It will also be organising webinars in the coming period to engage with investors and share knowledge and experiences.

About the Working Group 

The SDG Impact Assessment Working Group was set up in 2017 and comprises various financial institutions and businesses that aim to support investors in measuring and, ultimately, increasing the positive impact of their investment on the SDGs. The current members are ABN AMRO, Achmea, ACTIAM, Aegon Asset Management, Anthos Fund & Asset Management, a.s.r. Nederland, BlackRock, DSM, FMO, ING, Kempen, MN, NN Investment Partners, PGGM, Philips, Rabobank, Robeco, Stafford Capital Partners, Triodos Investment Management, UBS AM, and Unilever.

SDG Indicators-with-Breakdowns

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SDG Impact measurement

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SDG Impact Measurement Overviews - An Introduction

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SDG2 Impact Measurement Overview

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SDG3 Impact Measurement Overview

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SDG6 Impact Measurement Overview

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SDG7 Impact Measurement Overview

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