UN Global Compact and B Lab to Develop Online Platform for Companies to Manage Their Progress on the Sustainable Development Goals

Feb 26, 2019 2:00 PM ET
Press Release

UN Global Compact and B Lab to develop online platform for companies to manage their progress on the Sustainable Development Goals

UNITED NATIONS, N.Y., February 26, 2019 /3BL Media/ — The United Nations Global Compact together with B Lab will develop a new online platform for companies around the world to manage their progress on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

The publicly available tool — to be launched in 2020 — will allow business to assess, compare and improve their performance against the Global Goals. It will provide them with access to online resources on sustainable business and give them an opportunity to benchmark against peers and key indicators.

"We are excited about this collaboration with B Lab to help companies better assess and manage their progress on the Sustainable Development Goals,” said Lise Kingo, CEO & Executive Director of the UN Global Compact. “The new platform will help businesses incorporate the Ten Principles of the UN Global Compact into their strategies and operations.”

“Our B Impact Assessment and the UN Global Compact’s expertise are a natural fit in enabling all companies looking to manage their social and environmental performance to benefit from the SDG perspective,” says Bart Houlahan, Co-Founder from B Lab.

The platform will feature select metrics from the B Impact Assessment that have been mapped to the SDGs, supplemented by new performance measures developed with expert input from the UN Global Compact and partners. The initiative is supported by Emmanuel Faber, Canada's International Development Research Centre, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the Skoll Foundation and the UK Department for International Development.

Companies and organizations interested in contributing to the development of the platform as contributors or beta testers are asked to contact B Lab via this form.

About the United Nations Global Compact

As a special initiative of the UN Secretary-General, the United Nations Global Compact is a call to companies everywhere to align their operations and strategies with ten universal principles in the areas of human rights, labour, environment and anti-corruption. Launched in 2000, the mandate of the UN Global Compact is to guide and support the global business community in advancing UN goals and values through responsible corporate practices. With more than 9,500 companies and 3,000 non-business signatories based in over 160 countries, and 70 Local Networks, it is the largest corporate sustainability initiative in the world.

For more information, follow @globalcompact on social media and visit our website at www.unglobalcompact.org.

About B Lab

B Lab is a nonprofit that serves a global movement of people using business as a force for good. Since 2006, B Lab has been driving companies towards high standards of performance, accountability, and transparency. Over 50,000 companies in more than 80 countries use B Lab’s standards to manage their impact. Almost 3,000 of these are recognized as Certified B Corporations — companies verified as meeting the highest levels of performance and making a legal commitment to all stakeholders. 35 U.S. jurisdictions, as well as the country of Italy and Colombia, have adopted B Lab’s new corporate statute, with the G7 recommending that countries around the globe follow suit.

For more information, follow @bcorporation on social media and visit their website at www.bcorporation.net.

Leila Puutio
UN Global Compact
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