SDG Stocktake Report

United Nations Global Compact in cooperation with Accenture

„To the members of the business community of today, I urge you to see that sustainable development is in fact the best business plan of all. That upholding human rights, putting people before quick profit and protecting the planet and its natural gifts are investments in future prosperity for all.“, United Nations Secretary General António Guterres at the opening of the SDG Action Weekend. 

The United Nations Global Compact has jointly published the SDG Stocktake Report together with Accenture. More than 2800 business leaders were asked about their SDG Impact.

The report states that to deliver the SDGs by 2030, business must focus on 10 key pathways:

  1. Recommit to the basics

  2. Provide a living wage

  3. Promote gender equality

  4. Innovate responsibility

  5. Accelerate Climate Action

  6. Advance water resilience

  7. Protect & restore nature

  8. Invest in Circularity

  9. Commit to sustainable corporate finance

  10. Strengthen sustainability leadership 
SDG Stocktake 2023

What to expect

This report offers an appraisal of private sector contributions to the SDGs so far—and outlines a clear pathway for private sector action over the next seven years. Download the report to learn:

  • The current state of the SDGs most relevant to your business—and the business potential that comes with accelerated action
  • Ten pathways for every business to shape their own contribution to the SDGs and the priority actions your company can take
  • Practical applications and key insights from resources, case studies and real world company examples

Next steps

To help the private sector achieve these pathways, business leaders want policymakers to:

  • Scale new incentive models to redefine success in terms of risk, return, and impact
  • Expand the benefits of market to achieve responsible business
  • Transform the basis of business to achieve environmental sustainability

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 Principles in the areas of human rights, labour, environment, and anti-corruption. Our ambition is to accelerate and scale the global collective impact of business by upholding the Ten Principles and delivering the Sustainable Development Goals through accountable companies and ecosystems that enable change. With more than 17,000 companies and 3,000 non-business signatories based in over 160 countries, and 69 Local Networks, the UN Global Compact is the world’s largest corporate sustainability initiative — one Global Compact uniting business for a better world. For more information, follow @globalcompact on social media and visit our website at

About Accenture

Accenture is a leading global professional services company that helps the world’s leading businesses, governments and other organizations build their digital core, optimize their operations, accelerate revenue growth and enhance citizen services—creating tangible value at speed and scale. We are a talent and innovation led company with 738,000 people serving clients in more than 120 countries. Technology is at the core of change today, and we are one of the world’s leaders in helping drive that change, with strong ecosystem relationships. We combine our strength in technology with unmatched industry experience, functional expertise and global delivery capability. We are uniquely able to deliver tangible outcomes because of our broad range of services, solutions and assets across Strategy & Consulting, Technology, Operations, Industry X and Accenture Song. These capabilities, together with our culture of shared success and commitment to creating 360° value, enable us to help our clients succeed and build trusted, lasting relationships. We measure our success by the 360° value we create for our clients, each other, our shareholders, partners and communities. More about Accenture: