The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) place people at the heart and promote an agenda that envisions a world where no one is left behind. To achieve the Goals by 2030, human rights must be respected, inequalities need to be tackled head on and the current societal structures that constrain people from living a self-determined life must be transformed. Over the coming years the World Benchmarking Alliance will assess the 2,000 most influential companies against a common set of core social indicators. They represent a line, below which we question a company’s ability to contribute to the transformations needed to achieve the SDGs, and whether the company can be seen as a responsible actor.

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How will we assess all 2,000 companies on the social transformation?

Our framework sets out the societal expectations that companies should meet in order to leave no one behind, support the SDGs and help create a future that works for everyone, and how we will incentivize companies to meet them. These 12 key expectations are grouped into three categories: human rights, decent work and ethical conduct.

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  1. Scoping report

    April 2020

  2. Draft methodology report

    June 2020

  3. Consultation of methodology

    June – September 2020

  4. Publish Framework

    January 2021

  5. Assess 1,000 companies on core social indicators


  6. Assess 2,000 companies on core social indicators


  7. Assess 2,000 companies on a rolling basis

    2023 onwards

Spotlight benchmarks

Gender Benchmark

The Gender Benchmark assesses and compares how companies are driving and promoting gender equality and women’s empowerment across their entire value chain.

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Corporate Human Rights Benchmark

The benchmark assesses the human rights policies, processes and practices of some of the largest publicly traded companies across agricultural products, extractives, apparel and ICT manufacturing.

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As we build our work, we continue to engage with stakeholders across the globe through targeted communications with key organisations and representatives. Get in touch to know more.

Dan Neale

Lead Social Transformation

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