Action Platforms

To achieve the ambitious and necessary goals set out in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, the UN Global Compact has a portfolio of Action Platforms to advance responsible business activities and fill emerging gaps in meeting the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Designed for a group of 20 to 40 participants, and rooted in the UN Global Compact’s Ten Principles, each Action Platform will convene business, leading experts, civil society, Governments and UN partners to solve complex and interconnected issues, explore new market opportunities and innovate around the SDGs.

Learn more about our platforms and how your company can get involved.

The Blueprint for SDG Leadership


Participants in the Blueprint for SDG Leadership platform will develop a new framework that aligns stakeholder expectations and defines corporate leadership to support all 17 SDGs. Companies will join an expert group comprised of UN Partners, civil society organizations and Local Networks to lead a global consultation process that will consolidate existing standards and leadership principles to advance the SDGs. When launched at the UN Global Compact Leaders Summit in September 2017, the Blueprint will serve as a foundational document for Global Compact participants to use to align their strategies, goals and targets to support the achievement of the SDGs. Learn more.

Reporting on the SDGs


Reporting on the SDGs, in partnership with GRI, will enable business to incorporate SDG reporting into their existing processes, empowering them to act and make achieving the SDGs a reality. Platform participants will receive expert guidance and identify solutions and innovative ways to report on their SDG progress. Through self-assessment exercises, participants will determine the SDGs that are most material to their business and improve how they communicate on their contributions in those areas. Participants will also collaborate on the development of a validated list of business disclosures across the SDGs and contribute to a publication on leadership and best practices for business on SDG reporting. Learn more.

Breakthrough Innovation


In partnership with Volans, PA Consulting, The DO School and Singularity University, Breakthrough Innovation for the SDGs aims to connect companies with some of the world’s leading exponential thinkers and innovators to explore the potential of disruptive technologies (e.g. Artificial Intelligence, Big Data, the Internet of Things), and create the sustainable business models of the future. Through facilitated workshops, webinars and online briefs, participants will gain insights on the industrial applications of disruptive technology, identify business models and technologies most relevant to their companies, and receive support for integrating solutions powered by disruptive technologies into their sustainability initiatives. Learn more.

Financial Innovation for the SDGs


In collaboration with the United Nations Environment Programme Finance Initiative (UNEP FI) and Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI), Financial Innovation for the SDGs will identify innovative financial instruments that have the potential to direct private finance towards critical sustainability solutions. The platform will develop guidance on impact investment strategies that support sustainable development, map current and emerging financial instruments, and provide a laboratory for the development of new innovative instruments. Learn more.

Pathways to Low-Carbon & Resilient Development


Building on a decade’s work of the Caring for Climate initiative, Pathways to Low-Carbon & Resilient Development is aimed at driving business leadership to implement the Paris Climate Agreement and related SDGs at the country level. The platform will provide a multi-stakeholder space to catalyze the business contribution to national climate and SDG plans in 7 to 10 countries, and offer analysis of the gaps, synergies and trade-offs between Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) and SDG plans for business and policymakers alike. Learn more.

More Action Platforms to be launched later this year!

Health is Everyone's Business


The platform Health is Everybody’s Business will enable business to minimize negative impacts and accelerate positive action to support sustainable living, health and well-being in the workforce, community and marketplace. The platform will demonstrate why health and well-being are imperative for sustainable business, develop the business case for action and showcase opportunities across supply and value chains. Participants will explore opportunities for collective impact through cross-sector partnerships and local implementation and collaborate on the development of a scorecard that business in any sector can use to drive performance and report on progress. Learn more.

Business for Inclusion


Business for Inclusion will consider the spectrum of ways that business can help end discrimination, promote equal opportunity, tackle harmful stereotypes and build cultures of respect and understanding. Platform participants will fine-tune their inclusion strategies to maximize impact and connect to corporate sustainability objectives. They will explore launching new business practices or expanding existing initiatives to create opportunities for economically and socially excluded people, and have the opportunity to engage in multi-stakeholder partnerships and business-led advocacy to promote the social and economic benefits of inclusion. The platform will amplify the stories of companies and business leaders that are committed to making the world more inclusive and sustainable. Learn more.

Business Action for Humanitarian Needs


Business Action for Humanitarian Needs will provide an entry point for business to support the implementation of the New York Declaration for Refugees and Migrants. By developing guidance, supporting global advocacy efforts, mapping opportunities for business engagement and designing new innovative solutions, the platform aims to increase and deepen private sector action in support of vulnerable migrants, refugees and internally displaced persons (IDPs). Learn more.

Decent Work in Global Supply Chains


Decent Work in Global Supply Chains will provide a forum for open dialogue and a launching pad for action to help address some of the biggest and most urgent risks facing companies today. The platform will identify and highlight relevant standards, initiatives and good practices, and develop thought leadership on the role of business in promoting decent work in global supply chains by focusing on issues including enhancing social dialogue, ensuring fair wages and ending child labour, forced labour, modern slavery and human trafficking. By launching a business-led advocacy for workers’ rights and through the facilitation of partnership and collaboration at the local level, the platform aims to help build a human-rights based approach to the 2030 Agenda. Learn more.

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