Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are an extensively adopted set of goals, targets, and indicators to guide the global development agenda through the year 2030. The SDGs contain 17 goals, 169 targets, and 230 measurable indicators in total. The United Nations Development Programme launched the SDGs in 2015, and were built on the experience of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).

The investment community needs to better understand how it can measure contributions and progress toward achieving the SDGs. The call for clear and measurable targets has heightened solidarity, focused minds, and challenged leaders to evolve the ways in which impact measurement and management is approached. Recognizing the increased interest that impact investors are taking in the SDGs, the leadership team of IRIS aligned IRIS metrics with the SDGs.

IRIS metrics were aligned to SDG indicators that are appropriate for investment and therefore that are material to IRIS. There are also SDG indicators in which an IRIS metric partially aligns, but only if a qualifying condition. For example, there are many SDG indicators that seek to measure new access to a service. The IRIS indicator, Client Individuals: Provided New Access, aligns to the relevant SDG indicators only if the corresponding data is intentionally notated in accordance with what the SDG seeks to achieve.

Goal 1: End poverty in all its forms everywhere

Goal 2: End hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture

Goal 3: Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all ages

Goal 4: Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all

Goal 5: Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls

Goal 6: Ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all

Goal 7: Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all

Goal 8: Promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all

Goal 9: Build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialization, and foster innovation

Goal 10: Reduce inequality within and among countries

Goal 11: Make cities and human settlements inclusive, resilient and sustainable

Goal 12: Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns

Goal 13: Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impact

Goal 14: Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development

Goal 15: Protect, restore and promote sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems, sustainably manage forests, combat desertification, and halt and reserve land degradation and halt biodiversity loss

Goal 16: Promote peace and inclusive societies for sustainable development, provide access to justice for all and build effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels

Goal 17: Strengthen the means of implementation and revitalize the global partnership for sustainable development