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SDG Alignment Analysis and Strategic Advice

Identify for the client the most impactful ways to align the organization's sustainability strategies and programs with the UN's 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)...

  • Mapping  existing corporate sustainability strategies, programs, actions to the most strategic SDG targets
  • Identification of opportunities and strategies for competitive advantage, greater efficiencies, development of new products / services and synergistic partnerships
  • Guidance on aligning goals / targets out to year 2030 in alignment with the greater global goals
  • SDG analysis of impacts, risks, sector and geography of the company and supply chain to enhance the value of the sustainability program
  • Various innovative tools & approaches for stakeholder engagement on the SDGs

More on Strategic SDG Alignment Analysis and Advice

The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) adopted by the global community in 2015 dramatically expanded the scope of earlier "Millennium Goals" first adopted in 2000. The SDGs are being embraced by the corporate sector, the investment community, the social community, governments around the world, and by other key stakeholders.  Corporate managements are adopting select goals relevant to their business / mission and structuring programs and actions around the SDGs.

Consider that 193 of the world's sovereign leaders have committed to the UN's 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development (September 25, 2015).   There are a total of 17 Sustainable Development Goals (or SDGs), and underlying the goals there are 169 SDG targets, and an even greater number of key performance indicators.  The SDGs took effect on January 1, 2016 and are replacing the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) set at the start of the 21st Century and expired which expiring at the end of 2015.

Unlike the MDGs, the SDGs explicitly call on the world's business and investment communities to apply their creativity and innovation to solve sustainable development challenges.  The SDGs present a business opportunity for business-led solutions and technologies.  Sustainable companies are demonstrating their leadership in Sustainable Development by minimizing negative impacts and maximizing positive impacts in their business and in their supply chains.

It's important to recognize that all SDGs may not be relevant to every business, and where there are relevant SDGs, not every underlying SDG target will be relevant to the business and its stakeholders. 

As governments around the world start to measure their own progress on the SDGs the leaders of nations will be looking for ways to collaborate and partner with the private sector to help their countries in reaching their stated goals -- and business leaders should anticipate that among the benefits of collaboration on SDGs may be more favorable terms, business-friendly policies, and other competitive advantages for companies that align with these global goals.

G&A Institute has developed a series of tools, systems, and Big Data resources that we utilize to help our clients navigate the SDGs and determine what really matters to their business and stakeholders.  Our team will help to map your existing sustainability initiatives to the most strategic SDG targets, engage to build stronger more fruitful relationships with the important stakeholders around the goals, and help to identify opportunities and strategies to take advantage of this global effort leading to 2030.