31 March, 2020

Using the Global Goals, or SDGs, as a common narrative between companies is today self-evident for many. Yet, there is no consensus on how this non-financial information should be reported.

We had the chance to host Lola Nacke as our intern, as part of her master studies at IIIEE at Lund University. In her paper, Lola focused on exploring how the SDGs create value for companies. She interviewed some investors and companies about the intersection of sustainability reporting and the SDGs. The results of her findings echoed Swesif’s “Investor Reporting on the SDGs” report. Without overlooking the holistic approach of the Agenda 2030, investors perceive as key for companies to prioritise the most material SDGs instead of trying to impact all 17 goals. Moreover, stakeholders increasingly expect to find SDG-related information in their clients’ or suppliers’ non-financial reporting. Still, both Lola and Swesif point out that there is a need for more standardised information and data about the Global Goals. Companies should also remember that communicating on both the positive and negative SDG impacts is part of transparent reporting.

Finally, although SDG screening is most often not part of investment policies today, investors recognise the growing importance of the SDGs. As the quality of data develops in coming years more structured inclusion of SDG data into investment decisions can be expected.

Here is a short version of Lola’s paper: SDGs – Added value for companies?

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