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ESG (Environmental, Social, Governance) data: SDG - United Nations Sustainable Development Goals

Guide to databases where to find ESG data

Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in few words

In September 2015, all 193 Member States of the United Nations adopted a plan for achieving a better future for all — laying out a path over the next 15 years to end extreme poverty, fight inequality and injustice, and protect our planet. At the heart of “Agenda 2030” are the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

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Databases and data sources to find data and information about SDG

OECD - Measuring Distance to the SDG Targets

Part of the OECD Action Plan on SDGs, the OECD report “Measuring Distance to the SDG Targets" was developed in order to assist member countries with their national implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

Measuring Disstance to the SDG Targets, 2019:
The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) set a broad and ambitious programme for the world to achieve by 2030.To assist countries, the OECD has developed a unique methodology allowing comparison of progress across SDG goals and targets. Based on the UN Global List of 244 indicators, this study evaluates the distance that OECD countries need to travel to meet SDG targets for which data is currently available. 

SDG Indicators

This Global SDG Indicators Database provides access to data compiled through the UN System in preparation for the Secretary-General's annual report on "Progress towards the Sustainable Development Goals"

SDG Industry Matrix

Showcases industry-specific examples and ideas for corporate action related to the SDGs. Presented in a series of publications, each matrix highlights bold pursuits and decisions made by diverse companies for each SDG.

SDG Compass
The SDG Compass provides guidance for companies on how they can align their strategies as well as measure and manage their contribution to the realization of the SDGs.


The SDGs Explained for Business

No matter how large or small, and regardless of their industry, all companies can contribute to the SDGs. This webpage explains how businesses are able to apply the SDGs.

How to report on the SDGs: What good looks like and why it matters

This study is intended to help companies that are unsure about how to report on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), where to start and what good SDG reporting looks like.
It proposes quality criteria for SDG reporting which readers can use as a guide for their own organization's reporting. It also analyzes how reporting from the world's 250 largest companies measures up against these criteria to help readers benchmark their own reporting against this global leadership group.

UN Global Compact

With more than 15,000 companies and 3,000 non-business signatories based in over 162 countries, and 69 Local Networks, the UN Global Compact is the world’s largest corporate sustainability initiative

The Gobal Goals


On September 25, 2015, one hundred ninety-three countries adopted a set of goals to end poverty, protect the planet, and ensure prosperity for all by 2030 as part of a new global sustainable development agenda. These Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) officially known as Transforming our world: the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development is a set of seventeen Global Goals with 169 specific targets between them. These 17 interconnected goals build on the successes of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). They recognize that ending poverty must go hand-in-hand with strategies that build economic growth and addresses a range of social needs including education, health, social protection, and job opportunities, while tackling climate change and environmental protection.

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