The steps

Our planet faces massive economic, social and environmental challenges. To combat these, the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) define global priorities and aspirations for 2030. They represent an unprecedented opportunity to eliminate extreme poverty and put the world on a sustainable path.


Governments worldwide have already agreed to these goals. Now it is time for business to take action. The SDG Compass explains how the SDGs affect your business – offering you the tools and knowledge to put sustainability at the heart of your strategy business.

The guide presents five steps for companies to maximize their contribution to the SDGs. Companies can apply the five steps to set or align their course, depending on where they are on the journey of ensuring that sustainability is an outcome of core business strategy


The objective of the guide is to support companies in aligning their strategies with the SDGs and in measuring and managing their contribution.


The guide is developed with a focus on large multinational enterprises. Small and medium enterprises and other organizations are also encouraged to use it as a source of inspiration and adapt as necessary. It is designed for use at entity level, but may be applied at product, site, divisional or regional level as required.

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About us

Developed by GRI, the UN Global Compact and the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD), the SDG Compass incorporates feedback received through three consultation periods from companies, government agencies, academic institutions and civil society organizations worldwide.

For more information about the SDG Compass project, please contact:

Punji Leagnavar

Manager of Sustainable Development Policy and Government Affairs

Filippo Veglio

Managing Director, Global & Social Impact

Ole Lund Hansen

Head, Global Compact LEAD