SDG Resources

Tools to Start

Various organizations have released helpful guides for companies to reference as they consider whether to adopt the Global Goals, and links to many of these are found in the Resources section of this guide. Here are a few starting points:

  •, developed by Global Reporting Initiative, UN Global Compact and World Business Council for Sustainable Development, released a Guide that includes a simple approach to engagement based on five steps: understanding the Goals, defining priorities, goal setting, integrating sustainability and reporting. An interactive feature of is the searchable inventory of existing business tools mapped against the Goals. It can be searched by SDG, by Tool Developer or by Keyword. For example, if a company desires to find available tools for measuring water impacts in its supply chain under SDG 6, the database will generate a list of relevant available tools.
  • The Global Compact’s Blueprint for SDG Leadership. The UN Global Compact offers a series of resources supporting engagement with the Goals, including a list of SDG-specific reasons for why business should engage. The Compact is also developing a number of SDG tools (known as Action Platforms) as part of their 2018 Toolkit to advance the Goals. Based on the Compact’s Ten Principles, it has launched Action Platforms which include The Blueprint for SDG Leadership.
  • SDG Industry Matrices. UN Global Compact and KMPG have released a series of SDG Industry Matrices for different industries, including Food, Beverage and Consumer Goods and Industrial Manufacturing. Each Matrix “provides industry specific ideas for action and industry specific practical examples for each relevant SDG. Textile Exchange is working on sector guidance which will be published in the Spring of 2018 so keep checking this website or sign up for notification here.


Textile Exchange is developing a list of resources for the textile value chain to underscore how existing industry initiatives are advancing the themes of the Global Goals. The below list is not designed to be a comprehensive list of available tools and initiatives but are representative of the sustainability work being undertaken by the Textile and Apparel industry. Furthermore, the categorization of a tool under one or more Goals will not take into account linkages to other Goals.

For a broader list of business tools, please consider, an initiative developed by Global Reporting Initiative, the U.N. Global Compact and the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD), which includes a searchable database of business tools.


The below resources are organized by Sourcing Region. Plunkett Research estimated the global retail clothing and footwear market at $1.68 trillion for 2016. The top 10 exporters of Textiles are: China, European Union, India, United States, Turkey, Republic of Korea, Chinese Taipei, Pakistan, Hong Kong, China and Vietnam.

Country Organization/Tool Voluntary National Review (VNR) Notes
All Countries


SDG Index (Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) and the Bertelsmann Stiftung)


Country Report Card
UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs – Sustainable Development Platform


Full List (by Year and Country) of Voluntary National Reviews Submitted to Date


2017 Voluntary National Reviews Synthesis Review


World Bank Group:  Implementing the 2030 Agenda 2017 Update


World Bank SDG Atlas 2017
Bangladesh The Accord on Fire and Building Safety in Bangladesh


Bangladesh Voluntary National Review (2017) Bangladesh has established an Inter-ministerial Committee on SDG Monitoring and Implementation chaired by the Principal Secretary to the Prime Minister[1]
Belgium Belgium Voluntary National Review (2017)


Brazil Brazil Voluntary National Review (2017) Brazil has a Ministry of Cities that recognises how much Brazil’s performance on the SDGs depends on local government. Brazil has created a roadmap to mobilise local and regional government and to influence national policy making across the country. It has been running awareness campaigns and educational programmes aimed at bringing the SDGs to the local population;







Institute of Public & Environmental Affairs (IPE)



China National Textile and Apparel Council (CNTAC)


China Voluntary National Review (2016)










IPE Green Supply Chain Map

China has established an inter-agency mechanism for the SDGs, with coordination by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, which is responsible for formulating the implementation plan, reviewing implementation progress and strengthening policy coordination and communication. The mechanism includes 43 line ministries and Government agencies; which will draw up their own implementation plans of assigned SDGs and targets



The Sustainable Development Progress Report 2017 (Chinese)


Colombia Colombia Voluntary National Review (2016) Colombia has created a High-level Inter-ministerial Commission for the preparation and effective implementation of the post-2015 development agenda and its sustainable development goals (ODS Commission) chaired by the National Planning Department with ministerial level representation across the government under the guidance of the Office of the President[2]
Denmark Ministry of Finance


 Denmark Voluntary National Review (2017)
Dominican Republic [2018] Dominican Republic has established a High-Level Inter-institutional Sustainable Development Commission with the mandate to oversee and implement the 2030 Agenda. The Commission aims to integrate the SDGs into all planning instruments, particularly the National Development Strategy 2012–2030[3]
El Salvador Voluntary National Review (2017) El Salvador created a National Council for Sustainable Development, which includes a mandate to follow-up and monitor actions to achieve the 17 SDGs[4]
European Union EU Multi-stakeholder platform on SDGs Sustainable Development in the European Union — Monitoring report on progress towards the SDGs in an EU context

(November 20, 2017)






See individual Member State VNRs at:


Joint Research Centre KnowSDGs platform


The Joint Research Centre (JRC) provides research support for a wide array of topics. A lot of its projects implicitly or explicitly relate to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). This page gives a summary of all relevant JRC tools, models and databases, and the SDGs/targets to which they relate. For more information on each SDG and its associated tools, click on the SDG of your choice and follow the links.


Sustainability and Circular Economy


Corporate Social Responsibility




France Voluntary National Review (2016)


The Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ)



Germany Voluntary National Review (2016)
German Partnership for Sustainable Textiles


Guatemala Guatemala Voluntary National Review (2017)
Honduras Honduras Voluntary National Review (2017) Honduras has established a local commission for sustainable development to reach the marginalized population which includes participation of civil society and the public sector
Italy Camera Nazionale della Moda Italiana


India Life and Building Safety (LABS) Voluntary National Review (2017) India has released a draft Three-Year Action Agenda covering years 2017-18 to 2019-20. In parallel, work is in advance stages on a 15-Year Vision, which will also include a 7-year Strategy


Indonesia Indonesia Voluntary National Review (2017) Indonesia has initiated a pilot project to start the localization process in the Riau province where a Provincial SDGs Coordination Mechanism chaired by the Provincial Secretary will be established


Japan The SDGs Implementation Guiding Principles (December 22, 2016)


Japan Voluntary National Review (2017)


On May 20, 2016, the Government of Japan established a new Cabinet body called the “SDGs Promotion Headquarters”, headed by the Prime Minister and composed of all ministers. The SDGs Promotion Headquarters was established to foster close cooperation among relevant ministries and government agencies, and to lead the comprehensive and effective implementation of SDGs-related measures as a control tower.
Mexico Mexico Voluntary National Review (2016)



Mexico is creating a Specialized Technical Committee on Sustainable Development Goals (CTEODS) from 10 key ministries and agencies, headed by the Office of the President.

In Mexico, different processes in implementing SDGs in partnership with the private sector have been initiated, including through the establishment of the Sustainability Alliance as a platform for dialogue and action.


Norway Voluntary National Review (2016)


Pakistan Pakistan has established an SDG Unit in its Planning Commission.  Pakistan has transitioned its parliamentary MDG Task Force to a SDGs Task Force and plans to strengthen the role of the Task Force for SDG implementation.

Pakistan’s parliament has adopted the SDGs as part of its National Agenda, establishing a Secretariat to serve as a resource center

Peru Peru Voluntary National Review (2017) Peru has prepared its “Preimage of Peru in 2030” to begin the dialogue for a concerted vision that will guide the design of the National Strategic

Development Plan to 2030 based on the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. To monitor and follow-up on its implementation process, the country has created the System or Monitoring the Indicators of the SDGs: “Objectives to transform our country.” It considers developing sectoral statistical data and technical reports in compliance with the SDGs at all state levels. Peru’s public policies now include a specific strategy to tackle poverty, especially in suburban areas and a specific programme to address anemia in its national goals on nutrition.[5]

Portugal Voluntary National Review


Sweden Voluntary National Review (2017)
United Kingdom


Agenda 2030 |

The UK Government’s approach to

delivering the Global Goals for

Sustainable Development – at home and around the world


Sustainable Development Goals: progress and possibilities: November 2017 (Office for National Statistics) Sustainable Textiles
United States U.S. National Statistics for the UN Sustainable Development Goals


Vietnam Life and Building Safety (LABS)


[1] Id.

[2] Overview of institutional arrangements for implementing the 2030 Agenda at national level (Issues Brief) (March 2017).


[3] Id.

[4] Overview of institutional arrangements for implementing the 2030 Agenda at national level (Issues Brief) (March 2017).