Benchmarking Companies as a Driver for Change

We envisage a sustainable future, where everyone will be able to see how companies contribute to the Sustainable Development Goals.

Aviva, the UN Foundation, BSDC, and Index Initiative are in the consultation phase of the World Benchmarking Alliance to develop, fund, house and safeguard free, publicly available corporate sustainability benchmarks aligned with the SDGs. Engaging with regional and global stakeholders to gather inputs and insights on the WBA’s objectives and governance structure as well as identifying and prioritising critical intersections between industries and the SDGs. 

Find out how you can be involved in the consultation process.

“I’m excited at the prospect of creating a strong alliance of stakeholders that will collectively shape and realise the World Benchmarking Alliance. I believe this will help to build momentum for what we call ‘cooperative globalisation’ at the Global Foundation – building an inclusive and sustainable future that realises the potential of the Sustainable Development Goals.”


Steve Howard

Secretary General, The Global Foundation

“Civil society, investors and governments need to collectively voice what we expect from industry. And then work together with industry to unlock the full potential of the private sector. Initiatives like the World Benchmarking Alliance enable us to embrace a more productive and sustainable approach that benefits all of us.”


Lilianne Ploumen

Minister for Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation, The Netherlands

“The ultimate goal is that all companies report on their contribution to the SDGs. This allows us to compare commitments and performance to our peers and shows us where we must improve.”


Paul Polman

CEO Unilever and Co-chair of the BSDC

“EAT is proud to be a strategic partner to the WBA consultations and supports the development of metrics and indicators capturing the full range of co-benefits of sustainable and healthy diets. Competition makes us faster, collaboration makes us better. The WBA aims to do both. By ranking companies based on their contribution to the SDGs, competitive benchmarking can be a powerful catalyst for change.”


Dr. Gunhild A. Stordalen

Founder & President, EAT Foundation

“We need more businesses of all sizes and investors to embrace the UN Sustainable Development Goals. Benchmarks can translate the SDGs into a business and innovation agenda, creating clarity on the unique role and abilities of companies to contribute to sustainable development in developing countries. Clarity on the role of business will equally demonstrate where we as governments must step up.”


Ulla Tørnæs

Minister for Development Cooperation, Denmark

“Our clients expect us to meet investment objectives as well those of society over the long term. The efforts of the World Benchmarking Alliance will assist asset managers to achieve this alignment.”


Hendrik du Toit

CEO Investec Asset Management & BSDC Commissioner


“The world needs business and leaders to step up, speak out, and act on the defining challenges of our time – climate change, the inclusion of women as leaders & drivers of change, and genuine equality. Benchmarks can credit those wo do, and inspire others to act.”


Sam Mostyn

President Australian Council for International Development & BSDC Commissioner


“The World Benchmarking Alliance was born from a realisation that the way in which markets function is putting too much strain on the planet; a recognition that investment capital is not doing enough to reward good business practices.”


Mark Field

UK Minister of State for the Foreign and Commonwealth Office