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un Sustainable 

development goals

what are they?

The UN has identified 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) that the world needs to achieve by 2030 for a "better and more sustainable future for all." The goals are interconnected and address poverty, inequality, climate change, environmental degradation, peace and justice.

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What do they have to do with impact entrepreneurship?

The SDGs are important to impact entrepreneurs because they create a framework for thinking about and measuring the impact of your startup. Impact investors often want to know if a startup they are thinking about investing in addresses one (or more) of the 17 goals.

In broader terms, if we really want to achieve the SDGs by 2030, then environmental and social enterprises will play a key role. To that end, the Global Reporting Initiative and the UN Global Compact encourage businesses to measure and report their impacts on the SDGs. >>Read More

Even the Global Impact Investing Network (GIIN) recognizes the importance of the SDGs and "the unique role that impact investing will play in achieving these goals and building a sustainable future." >>Read More

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Kids for Peace


In 2016, the GIIN issued a series of case studies about the role of impact investing in achieving the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). These case studies profiled how impact investors were mapping their existing portfolios and impact themes to the SDGs.

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Discover innovative Israeli companies changing the world. Start-Up Nation Central now helps identify innovative Israeli companies with the highest relevance to the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Financial Report


There are important reasons why companies align with the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) in their impact reporting.

1) Communicate local impact in a global language. 2) Millennials seek transparency when accepting jobs, buying products, and making investments...

Open For Business


With 17 Global Goals to understand, how do you know where to start? Businesses contribution to the Goals will be key to their achievement. You'll want your business to align with the SDGs so that it makes an impact that helps, not hinders, a country to achieve its goals.

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