In 2015, United Nations Member States universally adopted the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development organized around 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which have been widely embraced by governments and civil society organizations, as well as a growing number of companies and investors. At their core, the SDGs are inherently aligned with the fundamental goals we have pursued for over two decades: universal human dignity and ecological sustainability.
In 2017, we joined other leading investors in signing the Stockholm Declaration, which was co-led by the UN Global Compact, the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI), and the Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI). By signing the Declaration, we reaffirmed our support for the SDGs and committed to using them as a framework in our investment approach, including investigating possibilities of measuring impact related to the SDGs.
Below, we explain how each of the 17 SDGs are reflected in our Impact Investment Standards, which were first published in 2005. Through the application of our standards, we believe we can build SDG-aligned portfolios that support the strength and resiliency of our social, environmental and financial systems.