}

Sustainable Development Goals

Finance for the SDGs

Meeting and realising the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030 will be heavily reliant upon the private sector’s ability to allocate and invest finance that aims to tackle the most urgent social and environmental challenges.

For Australia to prosper in the 21st century, we need to realign our financial systems to support human well-being, social equity and the environment. In doing so, we will create a stable, resilient and inclusive economy.

The UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) provide us with a universal framework to embark on this realignment, whilst at the same time solving the world’s most intractable social and environmental problems and meeting the expectations of Australians now and in the future.

Although financing the SDGs remains a challenge, it is one that the private sector can play a key role in overcoming. By placing the SDGs at the heart of their strategies and operations, investors, financial institutions and companies can drive the necessary transformational change to bridge the gap between the promise and reality of these Global Goals.

The time to rethink the future of corporate finance and investments as a catalyst for growth and social impact is now. The financial sector has a fundamental role to play in driving progress towards the SDGs to both safeguard existing and future investments but also deliver sustainable economic growth. With an estimated USD 12 trillion in market opportunities offered by the SDGs globally, businesses will need to reorient their investments towards sustainable development whilst continuing to meet their risk appetite and maximise shareholder returns.

CFO Coalition for the SDGs

The CFO Coalition for the SDGs is an initiative with the goal of developing a common language, collective ambitions, and resources for CFOs all around the world to accelerate corporate investments towards the SDGs. This includes a set of CFO Principles on Integrated SDG Investments and Finance, along with key performance indicators to set targets and measure progress in the implementation of those principles.

The CFO Coalition comprises CFOs participating in both the Leadership Group and the Signatories Group, signifying different levels of involvement in the initiative. You can read more about the CFO Coalition here.

Our topics

SDG Ambition Accelerator

Activating ambitious actionto achieve the SDGs Join us as we step up to transformative change on the journey to achieve the 17 Sustainable Development

Learn more

SDG Reporting

In September 2015, all 193 member states of the United Nations agreed to adopt the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)...

Learn more

Finance for the SDGs

Meeting and realising the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030 will be heavily reliant upon the private sector's...

Learn more
27 Feb
2024
Online 10.30am - 11.30am

Corporate Virtual Breakfast (Participant only)

Grab a cuppa and join the UN Global Compact Network Australia (UNGCNA) for our first Corporate Virtual Breakfast Session of 2024. ...
Corporate Virtual Breakfast (Participant only)
28 Feb
2024
Online 1.00pm - 2.00pm (AEDT)

Business Consultation | Partnerships for Sustainability: Navigating competition law implications (Participant only)

SDG 17 explicitly acknowledges the importance of multi-stakeholder partnerships to mobilise and share knowledge, expertise, technology and financial resources to support ...
Business Consultation | Partnerships for Sustainability: Navigating competition law implications (Participant only)
29 Feb
2024
Adelaide 5.30pm - 7.30pm

Adelaide Networking Evening

Join the UN Global Compact Network Australia for our first in-person event in Adelaide, supported by ResourceCo and held at ...
Adelaide Networking Evening
05 Mar
2024
Online 12.00pm - 1.00pm (AEDT)

2024 Program Launch

Register below to join the UN Global Compact Network Australia's Program Launch event to find out what’s in store ...
2024 Program Launch
07 Mar
2024
Online 10:30am-12:30pm (AEDT)

Modern Slavery Community of Practice – Combined Stream (Participant only)

The UN Global Compact Network Australia ('UNGCNA') hosts a Modern Slavery Community of Practice (MSCoP) for business participants. The MSCoP ...
Modern Slavery Community of Practice – Combined Stream (Participant only)
12 Mar
2024
Online 10.30am

SME Virtual Breakfast (Participant-only)

Grab a cuppa and join the UN Global Compact Network Australia (UNGCNA) for our first SME Virtual Breakfast Session of 2024. ...
SME Virtual Breakfast (Participant-only)
04 Apr
2024
Melbourne

Forward Faster Forum: Turning pledges into action

Join the UN Global Compact Network Australia for our inaugural forum on the UN Global Compact’s Forward Faster initiative – ...
Forward Faster Forum: Turning pledges into action
30 Oct
2024
Online

Uniting Business LIVE Australia | Sustainability in action

Save the date for Australia's leading UN sustainability conference for business. Held on 30-31 October 2024 at the beautiful Doltone House, ...
Uniting Business LIVE Australia | Sustainability in action
1

Join us today

Apply for membership

Join us today

Apply for membership