UN Sustainable Development Performance Indicators

Training Announcement

Authentic Sustainability Reporting Implementing the UN Sustainable Development Performance Indicators

On 1 November 2022, the United Nations Research Institute for Social Development (UNRISD) released the Sustainable Development Performance Indicators (SDPIs) in what Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) Co-Founder Allen White called a “Brundtland Moment”. The SDPIs, released in a Manual entitled Authentic Sustainability Assessment, received significant attention (BSR: “a major inflection point”; THRIVE Institute: “sustainability history in the making”), especially in light of the releases of the International Sustainability Standards Board (ISSB) Standards and the European Sustainability Reporting Standards (ESRS), which are either legally binding for organizations in different jurisdictions or required by investors.

Why SDPI? And what’s the benefit of SDPI vis-à-vis other legally binding reporting requirements?

Despite improvements in sustainability measurement and disclosure over several decades, current indicators, methodologies and reporting models still fail to provide an adequate basis for assessing impacts related to socio-economic, governance and environmental dimensions of sustainable development. Several blind spots that render sustainability reporting ineffective also need to be addressed to create meaningful assessments. Reporting overload and an excessive number of indicators are problematic as well. Furthermore, as current frameworks and indicators are mainly oriented toward for-profit entities, sustainability reporting often bypasses entities, such as those in the social and solidarity economy, that pursue social and environmental goals and not just economic ones. The existing reporting standards of GRI, ISSB and ESRS won’t solve these problems, and even arguably worsen them in aggregate. They therefore need to be seen in contrast to what SDPI can achieve. 

In short: do you want to spend time on continued incrementalist approaches or are you interested in finally being able to measure and report in more authentic terms whether your organization’s performance is actually sustainable? And how can use of the SDPIs help to fulfil the requirements of other ESG-based standards? How can your measurement and reporting be simpler and more meaningful? How can you use an ‘SDPI Scorecard for hard context indicators’ in order to measure and report performance in more authentic and integrated terms? This is the focus of this training. 

 Training on Authentic Sustainability Reporting

The online training is organised in 4 modules of 90 minutes each on two consecutive days, with a 30-minute break between the two modules each day. Here are the modules:

  • Module 1: Introduction to the SDPIs; Environmental & Institutional Hard Context Indicators
  • Module 2: Socio-Economic Hard Context Indicators
  • Module 3: Deep Dive into Context-Based Materiality
  • Module 4: Meta-comparison of SDPI to GRI, ESRS & ISSB for simplifying reporting; Remaining Tier II SDPI Indicators. 

Dates and Fees

r3.0 and CSO will initially be offering this online training on

  • 25/26 January 2023 from 1400 to 1730 UTC (see here for UTC time converter)
  • 22/23 February 2023 from 1400 to 1730 UTC (see here for UTC time converter)
  • 29/30 March from 1400 to 1730 UTC (see here for UTC time converter)

The fee for this two half-day training is 995 €. Registration is possible through credit card payment or iDeal using the Mollie payment system. You will automatically receive a payment and registration confirmation. Please choose the right date!

Our payment system Mollie requires a 3-D-Authentification to finalise your payment. Please make sure to do this within 30 minutes, otherwise your registration expires. In that case you have not successfully subscribed to the training. 

Please note: A discount of 50% is available for participants from the Global South. Please contact hello@r3-0.org to claim your discount code, mentioning your name, country and affiliation. The reduced price will be visible in the payment step (not in the form below).



If you have any questions regarding the Training, please let us know at hello@r3-0.org.

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