The Sustainable Development Goals 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 systems transformations needed to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals, and whether the company can be seen as a responsible actor.

2022 Social Transformation Baseline Assessment

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What's our approach to assessing 2,000 companies on the social transformation?

Our Social Transformation 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. It also outlines how we will incentivise companies to do so. These 12 key expectations are grouped into three categories: human rights, decent work and ethical conduct. They are signposted by 18 core social indicators that enable us to assess a wide breadth of companies.

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Spotlight benchmarks

Our spotlight benchmarks take a deeper dive into priority areas that, if addressed, will be key catalysts for change. Theý go beyond looking at companies’ policy commitments and hold companies accountable for their performance and progress. We chose these focus areas for their ability to cut across sectors and geographies.

Corporate Human Rights Benchmark

The Corporate Human Rights Benchmark assesses the human rights policies, processes and practices of some of the largest publicly traded companies across various sectors.

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Gender Benchmark

The Gender Benchmark assesses and compares how companies are driving and promoting gender equality and women’s empowerment.

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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. Publish assessment of 1,000 companies on their contributions to a social transformation

    January 2022

  6. Publish assessment of 1,000 more companies on their contributions to a social transformation


  7. Assess 2,000 companies on a rolling basis

    2023 onwards

Get involved

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.

Namit Agarwal

Social Transformation Lead


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