Cities are bustling with creativity, but also fraught with social problems. Inequality is rife. Many inhabitants lack access to basic needs such as affordable housing, safe drinking water, sanitation, transportation, and clean air. We cannot make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable (SDG 11) without action by businesses.
Our Urban Benchmark will translate the Sustainable Development Goals and The New Urban Agenda into a roadmap for companies, outlining the clear commitments and actions that companies must make to help transform our urban system. Every other year it will assess and rank the ones best positioned to have the biggest impact on cities – and the people that live in them – globally. Over time, the benchmark will provide all stakeholders with a mechanism for holding these companies accountable for their progress.
Consultation on draft methodology
Data collection, verification and analysis
March - August 2024
First benchmark publication
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.
The Expert Review Committee
The Urban Benchmark is developed in close collaboration with an Expert Review Committee (ERC), whose members support the core team with their expertise and experience.
Senior Fellow, Global Economy and Development, Center for Sustainable Development, Brookings Institution
Head of City-Business Engagement Team, C40 Cities
Advisor to UNDP and UN-HABITAT
China Lead, Architecture 2030
Senior Disaster Risk Mitigation Specialist, the World Bank