Summary Document – NYC Roundtable

The inaugural consultation of the World Benchmarking Alliance, held on 19 September in New York on the margins of the 72nd session of the UN General Assembly, brought together thirty-four participants representing companies, investors, civil society, international organisations, foundations, and research institutions. This Summary Document of the conversation outlines major themes and discussion points. Over the coming months, we will continue to engage in converstations with key stakeholders via a series of global and regional consultations.

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Press Release – Launch of the Consultation Phase

The founding partners of the World Benchmarking Alliance – Aviva, UN Foundation, Index Initiative and the Business and Sustainable Development Commission launched the consultation phase of the World Benchmarking Alliance at the 72nd United Nations General Assembly in New York. This global multi-stakeholder initiative will develop and publish free to access, publicly available benchmarks ranking companies on their sustainability performance and contributions towards achieving the Sustainable Development Goals.

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Consultation Document – UN General Assembly

Aviva, the UN Foundation, BSDC and Index Initiative organized a roundtable during the United Nations General Assembly in New York on September 19, 2017. This briefing was the key document to prepare for this roundtable, and presents the key rationale for and added value of producing free, publicly accessible league tables to help investors, civil society, and governments assess corporate performance in delivering the Sustainable Development Goals. The topics and questions listed within do not represent prescriptive aspects for discussion, but rather considerations to help kickstart the formal consultation. This document will be updated and expanded based on feedback, with the aim of developing recommendations around the need to develop, fund, house, and safeguard SDG-related league tables within a formal institution, tentatively described here as the World Benchmarking Alliance.

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