Case study

Tracking Businesses' Contributions to Achieving the SDGs

Overview

The United Nations Development Programme and the Business Council of Papua New Guinea have come together to better understand and further catalyse business contributions to development. They partnered with SocialCops to create the #Business4SDGs Dashboard, which tracks how businesses' development work is bringing Papua New Guinea closer to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals.

Partners

United Nations Development Programme

Business Council of Papua New Guinea

Sector

Business

Location

Papua New Guinea

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The Problem

Coordinating and accelerating businesses' development efforts

In 2015, Papua New Guinea fell short on achieving all of the Millennium Development Goals. Today, almost 40% of the country's population lives below the poverty line, 87% is not connected to the electricity grid, and 60% do not have access to clean water.

One of the reasons identified for not achieving the MDGs was low involvement and partnership with the private sector. Businesses play a significant role in the Papua New Guinea's development, investing substantial resources into CSR initiatives and inclusive business practices. Because of businesses' reach and the scale of their impact, their efforts are critical to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals.

However, these efforts are disconnected — planned and executed independently by each business — and there isn't a common platform for coordinating and pooling knowledge. This makes it hard for businesses to collaborate with one another, sync their efforts with other development initiatives, and increase their impact.

Businesses are the biggest driver of poverty reduction... By harnessing their strength to create employment, wealth and solutions to local and global challenges, we will go a long way to achieving the SDGs.

Roy Trivedy
Roy Trivedy

Resident Coordinator

United Nations

The Solution: #Business4SDGs Dashboard

Tracking businesses' development initiatives and mapping them against SDG progress

The UNDP and Business Council of Papua New Guinea partnered with SocialCops to create the #Business4SDGs Data Intelligence Dashboard, a unified platform that will collate and capture businesses' efforts on developmental issues in the country. This dashboard will track and monitor business initiatives and map them against progress towards achieving the Sustainable Development Goals.

On this dashboard, businesses will be able to measure and track the impact of their work, the government will be able to monitor diverse business efforts, and researchers will be able to draw on its data to measure the value created from business-led development efforts.

1

National development data

Key development metrics track how Papua New Guinea has progressed since its independence in 1975.

2

Business-level survey data

Granular survey data highlights businesses' internal sustainability practices, mapped back to the SDG framework.

3

Sustainability Score

Each business receives a Sustainability Score, which assesses how effectively its work is contributing to each of the SDGs.

Our Deployment Process

Our Deployment Process

1. Data aggregation
1. Data aggregation

To create a complete picture of the country's development history, we first aggregated and merged cross-sectoral development data since 1975.

2. Development mapping
2. Development mapping

We did extensive research on PNG's development interlinkages to map government expenditure to development outcomes to indivdiual SDGs.

3. Questionnaire design
3. Questionnaire design

After multiple visits and stakeholder interviews, we created sector-specific questionnaires on companies' sustainability practices.

4. Data collection
4. Data collection

We surveyed six leading companies in Papua New Guinea, collecting granular data on internal practices and CSR initiatives.

5. Score creation
5. Score creation

After mapping questionnaire data to the SDGs, we created the Sustainability Score to quantify each company's contribution to each SDG.

6. Data visualization
6. Data visualization

Our data dashboard makes it simple for businesses to monitor development metrics, company-level data, Sustainability Scores, and more.

This a global first, Papua New Guinea is leading the way in designing a methodology that maps private sector contributions to sustainable and inclusive growth in Papua New Guinea.

Robert Nilkare
Robert Nilkare

President

Business Council of Papua New Guinea
SDG interlinkages
Key development outcomes
Government expenditure data
Business survey data
Sustainability Scores
  • Clicking on any Sustainable Development Goal highlights how this goal is crucial to achieving other goals.

  • Businesses can analyze important development indicators and track how they have changed in the past 40 years.

  • Layering government expenditure and development indicators highlights geographies that need the most help.

  • Survey data was analyzed and used to create recommendations for how businesses could accelerate SDG progress.

  • Each business receives a Sustainability Score, which shows how much its work is contributing to each SDG.

We're proud to work with 6 leading companies in Papua New Guinea, who helped to pioneer this project.

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Working with SocialCops has brought a wealth of cutting edge data analytics and software engineering to PNG, epitomising South-South partnerships and knowledge sharing. They have worked around the clock to prepare this dashboard in record time and I am very proud of the result.

Roy Trivedy
Roy Trivedy

Resident Coordinator

United Nations

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Header photo Kim Allen/UNDP (PNG)