Stage three: Supporting the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals



Improving peace and prosperity for the planet and its people was the aim of the 193 countries that agreed to the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in 2015. This was part of the United Nations’ 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development4, recognising that to end poverty and other hardships, strategies must focus on these 17 areas in the chart above. Investors play a key role in helping these goals to succeed, as we have the ability to:

  • Impact corporations’ behaviour
  • Invest in innovative businesses that are meeting these goals.

The third stage of our impact assessment is to identify businesses that generate revenue from providing goods or services that help to address the UN’s sustainable development agenda.

Each of our businesses offer solutions meeting at least one of the SDGs

When combined with stages one and two (controversial industry exclusion and ESG considerations), we can construct a sustainable portfolio of businesses. This table shows the primary SDG alignment of our businesses:


Today’s sustainable and impact industry is in its infancy. While our clients are our primary focus, we also participate in industry initiatives where we believe our experience, sponsorship and support can help its evolution. Working collaboratively on these and other initiatives benefits our clients and supports our aim – a more sustainable financial system. Here are some of the ways we’ve helped:

Sponsoring and advising the Impact Management Project – a global effort to establish a common framework for impact investing, coordinated by Bridges Impact and over 2,000 organisations

Sponsoring the ‘Investing for Global Impact’ report. Now in its seventh year, it’s the largest annual global survey of individuals, families, family offices and family foundations on their philanthropic and impact investing activities

Supporting the leading impact investing body, the Global Impact Investing Network (GIIN), in its impact investing industry roadmap for the future

Participating in the UK Government’s implementation task force for ‘Growing a culture of social impact investing’ in the UK

Across Barclays, we’re also an active member of several initiatives to improve sustainable investing standards and practices. These include:

The UK Sustainable Investment and Finance Association (UKSIF)

UN-supported Principles for Responsible Investment (UNPRI)

The UN’s Environmental Programme Finance Initiative (UNEP FI)

The UN’s Principles for Responsible Banking (PRB)

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Sustainable Portfolio Management

Sources and references

  1. Sustainable development goals, UN

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