Sustainable Development Goals

Three years on from the launch of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), Corporate Citizenship takes a look at how businesses have responded to the Global Goals, and what implications and opportunities the Goals have presented. Here you will find a range of resources and information designed for corporate responsibility and sustainability practitioners.

We believe that there are many significant business opportunities for all companies to play a part in delivering the Global Goals. Please get in touch if you would like to know how we can help your organisation with its contribution to the SDGs.

REPORT 2018: SDGs: Materially impacting the bottom line.  Our fourth annual practitioner study looks at whether the Global Goals delivering results for the bottom line.

WEBINAR 2018: SDGs: Moving to the bottom line? Guest speaker  Elizabeth Meyer from Aberdeen Standard Investments provides an investor perspective on the business case and measurement of impact when it comes to the SDGs.


REPORT 2017: Accelerating Corporate Leadership on the Global Goals.  Our third annual practitioner study highlights interesting trends in how action on the Global Goals is evolving.

WEBINAR 2017: Benchmarking Corporate Action on the SDGs. Guest speaker Gerbrand Haverkamp from the World Benchmarking Alliance joins our webinar to discuss findings from our latest report.

WEBINAR 2016: Beyond Business as Usual: Aligning Business Strategy and Climate Action with the SDGs. This one-hour webinar, jointly led by Natural Capital Partners and Corporate Citizenship, highlights how businesses can benefit from the SDGs as well as maximise their positive impacts. We explore how companies are engaging and taking positive action.

LEADER INSIGHTS SERIES: Business Action on the Sustainable Development GoalsWe interviewed leaders across sectors and industries to discuss the opportunities and challenges the SDGs posed one year on. Interviews were with GSK, Save the Children, Dow Chemical, Oxfam and more.

REPORT 2016: Advancing the Sustainable Development Goals: Business Action and Millennials’ ViewsThis report looks at how stakeholder expectations of business have changed in light of the new Global Goals. Our research revealed that 81% of millennials surveyed said they believed that the private sector has a very important role to play in achieving the Global Goals, but the majority of companies surveyed are not yet taking action to address them.

WEBINAR 2016: The Global Goals One Year On: Business Action vs. Expectation. In this webinar we shared the results of our second practitioner survey and millennials research, and also delved into the insights of business leaders across industries and sectors as they begin to address and tackle the Global Goals, identifying the challenges and opportunities ahead.

In our launch video, co-founding Directors of Corporate Citizenship, Mike Tuffrey and Amanda Jordan OBE, discuss the implications of the Sustainable Development Goals for business.

WEBINAR 2015: How Business Can Contribute to the Sustainable Development Goals. In our launch webinar from September 2015, we were joined by GSK and DOW to shed light on the implications of the SDGs for business, find out what role the private sector can play in achieving the SDGs and how to prepare for the shift from “my world” as a company, to “world goals” shared by everyone.

REPORT 2015: From My World to Our World: What the Sustainable Development Goals Mean For Business. Whilst awareness of the SDGs was high amongst businessesat launch, not all companies were clear on what they could do about them. Our report explored  the implications and tangible actions that business can take.

Global Goals Blog Series: Introduction and Overview

In the run up to launch, Corporate Citizenship published 17 blogs over 17 weeks on all the 17 Goals.

The 17 Sustainable Development Goals

Goal 1: End poverty in all its forms everywhere

Goal 2: End hunger, achieve food security and improve nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture

Goal 3: Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages

Goal 4: Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all

Goal 5: Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls

Goal 6: Ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all

Goal 7: Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all

Goal 8: Promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all

Goal 9: Build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialization and foster innovation

Goal 10: Reduce inequality within and among countries

Goal 11: Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable

Goal 12: Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns

Goal 13: Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts

Goal 14: Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development

Goal 15: Protect, restore and promote sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems, sustainably manage forests, combat desertification, and half and reverse land degradation and half biodiversity loss

Goal 16: Promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, provide access to justice for all and build effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels

Goal 17: Strengthen the means of implementation and revitalize the global partnership for sustainable development

Our SDG 2015 blog series also appears on

Our Work

Corporate Citizenship is working with companies around the world on the SDGs, helping them to:

  • Assess and understand where they currently are and how they can align to the most material SDGs
  • Develop specific strategies or programmes to address the 2030 ‘stretch’ goals
  • Measure impact and communicate progress
  • Engage in effective partnerships and with wider stakeholders

Find out more here.

We’d love to hear your thoughts. You can get in touch via email or by calling the London office on +44 (0)20 7861 1616