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.

Latest updates

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  1. Consultation on draft methodology

    January 2023

  2. Methodology published

    January 2024

  3. Data collection, verification and analysis

    March - August 2024

  4. First benchmark publication

    November 2024

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.

Tony Widjarnarso

Urban Transformation Lead

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