Our mission is to build a movement to measure and incentivise businessimpact towards a future that works for everyone. For this reason,in all our benchmarks, engagementand operational activities, we focus on impact in developingcountries.
We published a list of the 2,000 keystone companies that we believe will be most influential for achieving the UN Sustainable Development Goals. They are headquartered in 74 countries with supply chains, operations and customers spread across the world. These companies were specifically selected for their global impact, influence and reach. To be able to hold companies truly to account and drive corporate progress to the realisation of the UN SDG’s in less than a decade, we need to understand the progress these companiesare making.
The current pandemic shows us that when food, energy, social, financial and othercritical systems lack resilience, the vulnerable and marginalised in society, particularly in developing countries, are hit disproportionally hard. Through financing, employment, supply chains and products andservices, the private sector has a vast and critical role to play in creating a more sustainable and resilient future for the developing world. The lack of data availability and public disclosure is making this difficult to measure. Benchmarkinghas the potential to play a key role in filling these data gaps.
This report sets out our current thinking on the impact (whetherpositive or negative) of companies on developing countries.As we look to build a better world, it is time to get closer to these multinationals and assess the influence they can have, which goes beyond borders.
We would very much welcome feedback from interested Allies andother partners on what additional steps we can take to better understand,gather further data on and ultimately increase WBA’s positive impactin developing countries.
Aviva is one of the world’s largest insurance and asset management companies, its history tracing back more than 300 years. It has operations in 16 markets around the world, but through its investment portfolio, Aviva’s reach extends to a broader and larger group of consumers. The company is a LEAD member of the Global Compact; a founding member of both the UN Principles of Responsible Investment and the UN Sustainable Stock Exchange Initiative. It is also a frontrunner in responsible investments, using its influence to support more sustainable business and ultimately a more sustainable economy and society. Aviva is an active contributor and user of different corporate sustainability benchmarks, including a founding member of the Corporate Human Rights Benchmark. Aviva’s CEO Mark Wilson is a member of the Business and Sustainable Development Commission (BSDC) and is personally committed to driving forward the sustainable development agenda and the creation of the WBA.
The Business & Sustainable Development Commission (BSDC) aims to make a powerful business case for achieving a sustainable, inclusive economy. Its flagship report Better Business, Better World, launched in January 2017, maps the economic prize for companies that align with the SDGs, and shows how to achieve them. The report includes the creation of SDGs benchmarks as one of the key recommendations. The Business Commission aims to make a powerful business case for achieving a sustainable and inclusive economy, if the UN Sustainable Development Goals are achieved. In its flagship report, Better Business, Better World, the Commission describes how business can contribute to delivering these goals. Chaired by Lord Mark Malloch-Brown, the Commission include 37 leaders from business, finance, civil society, labour, and international organisations from around the world.p>
Index Initiative is a centre of expertise in benchmarking corporate performance against stakeholder expectations. It seeks to propel the use of benchmarks to engage and bring purpose and clarity on the role of companies in contributing to the SDGs closest to their core business. A non-profit based in Amsterdam, The Netherlands, Index Initiative’s research and benchmarks are free and accessible to all. Index Initiative will conduct the global consultation on the World Benchmarking Alliance.
The United Nations Foundation builds public-private partnerships to address the world’s most pressing problems, and broadens support for the United Nations through advocacy and public outreach. Through innovative campaigns and initiatives, the Foundation connects people, ideas, and resources to help the UN solve global problems. The Foundation was created in 1998 as a U.S. public charity by entrepreneur and philanthropist Ted Turner and now is supported by philanthropic, corporate, government, and individual donors.