SDG Compass: Newly released online resources and translations now available

Businesses looking for more information about how to take action on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) can now use the SDG Compass to access a new series of two-page briefing notes for each of the 17 SDGs.  

Geneva, 13 April 2016 - The briefing notes summarize the challenges and aspirations underlying each of the SDGs, and give an overview of the role for business in their ultimate realization. They  highlight the key themes of each SDG and outline the most commonly used corresponding business tools and indicators.

By collating the different points at which business can intersect with the SDG agenda, the briefing notes are an essential resource for companies seeking to better understand the SDGs and can help to explore opportunities for integrating the SGDs into company strategies and actions.  

This latest online resource supports the wider SDG Compass guide for business, and complements the existing online inventories of business tools and indicators mapped against the SDGs. The SDG Compass itself has now also been translated into four languages: Portuguese, Japanese, and Korean, and more translations will be added over time.

Developed by the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD), the UN Global Compact and GRI, the SDG Compass helps companies to take a strategic approach to the SDGs and enhance their contribution to sustainable development through core business activities. As Peter Bakker, President & CEO of the WBCSD, said at the launch of the Compass in September 2015: “The SDGs provide a new framework for companies to help solve global challenges through sustainable development, and they call on all businesses to apply their creativity and innovation. The Compass is a unique tool that will help business align their strategy and operations to the SDGs, and measure and manage their contribution.”

More information is available from the newly launched SDG Business Hub at