SDGs & Impact Topics: how do they relate to one another?
At Impaakt, the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) serve as a comprehensive framework that guides our mission and actions. These 17 global goals established by the United Nations encompass a wide range of critical challenges, from climate action to gender equality.
Impact topics, on the other hand, are the specific areas within these SDGs where companies' actions and operations have a tangible influence. They are a set of social and environmental impacts identified by the Impaakt Team to provide an additional layer of complex insight into measuring current impact. They range from general themes like Greenhouse Gas emissions and Job Creation to industry-specific topics such as Gentrification and Water Pollution. These topics allow us to delve deeper into the multifaceted landscape of sustainability.
For example, SDG 12 aims to ensure sustainable production and consumption practices. There are different lenses or areas through which you can assess how companies' impact affects this SDG. At Impaakt, we have 6 topics or "lenses" under SDG 12: Food Waste, Overconsumption, Core Business Impact (Treating Waste), Operational Waste Production, Product End-of-Life Waste, and Environmental Solutions.
Note: you can find all SDG 12 Rating Guides in the "Knowledge Center" > "Rating for Impaakt".
The relationship between SDGs and impact topics is a symbiotic one: the SDGs provide the overarching structure, while impact topics offer a focused lens through which we evaluate companies' impact on the world.