The UN’s Sustainable Development Goals are universal, holistic, and measurable.

The way we produce, (re)use, and dispose of or recycle our materials has an impact on nearly every one of the Sustainable Development Goals, a set of 17 global goals introduced by the United Nations in 2015. The goals were designed to be universal, people-centered and planet-sensitive, and measurable. They include 169 targets and aim to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all.

Sustainable Development Goals in numbers


Participating brands that report on SDG-related activities and progress.


Participating brands that have aligned their materials strategy with the SDGs.


Participating brands that are engaging their customers on the SDGs.


Companies can show global leadership.

Companies often have a stronger lever to pull than governments do. By aligning themselves with the Sustainable Development Goals, they can position themselves as global leaders, and reframe their achievements as wins for the world. Not only does business hold the key to long-term SDG success, but the SDGs will help shape business transformation.

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Dive deeper into materials and standards

We’re lighting the way to a more climate-friendly future for the industry by defining the criteria for preferred materials and helping brands understand where they come from.

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Strategy Integration

A materials strategy is critical to reaching climate targets on time.

Materials Portfolio

Companies can manage their climate impact through the materials they use.


Circular business models retain the value of existing materials.


Climate and nature are interconnected. Our planet’s health depends on nature.

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See how your company compares to others

We’ve created a common framework for brands to report on their progress in sustainable materials sourcing.