For investors, analysis of contributions to the SDGs provides an essential understanding of how company activities relate to sustainability trends, which can be used to successfully align portfolios with positive outcomes and client preferences.

Sustainable Development Goals

1 No Poverty

2 Zero Hunger

3 Good Health and Well-being

4 Quality Education

5 Gender Equality

6 Clean Water and Sanitation

7 Affordable and Clean Energy

8 Decent Work and Economic Growth

9 Industry Innovation and Infrastructure

10 Reduced Inequalities

11 Sustainable Cities and Communities

12 Responsible Consumption and Production

13 Climate Action

14 Life Below Water

15 Life On Land

16 Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

17 Partnership For The Goals

Sustainable Development Goals



The UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) provide a framework to guide member states towards a more sustainable future. The Goals cover critical sustainability issues for our planet, from the elimination of poverty and hunger, to the attainment of gender equality.

Sustainable investing

The UN Commission on Trade and Development estimated that meeting the Goals will require USD 5-7 trillion of investment each year between 2015 and 2030. Alongside government action, the Commission has highlighted the vital role that the private sector must play in support of their attainment.

Our SDG research and analysis enables investors to participate in this process. We focus on how companies contribute to the targets which underpin the Goals, through their products and services, through financing, and in the way they conduct their operations.

The SDGs were developed primarily as goals for governments rather than companies. While many businesses are embracing them, some of the positive, sustainable activities they undertake fall outside the targets associated with the Goals. We aim to capture these under our own positive themes categories.


Our research

Ethical Screening's analysis identifies the material contributions made to the UN Sustainable Development Goals, and positive themes, at the company level - this can then be applied to both portfolios and funds.

Driven by a robust methodology, developed since 2018, and strongly linked to the underlying targets, this analysis stands up to scrutiny and can be used in your reporting. Our dedicated research team ensures the information is supplied with essential metrics, supported by detailed narrative text fields providing the information needed for client conversations, and sound investment decisions.


We can help you to:

  • Communicate with clients on the positive benefits of their investments
  • Meet disclosure requirements for SDG labelling
  • Determine the overall SDG alignment of a portfolio or fund
  • Examine specific contributions across the investment universe




Ethical Screening Portal

Our Companies Portal provides detailed research on a wide range of ethical issues; ESG data; and sustainability assessments, including analysis of contributions to the UN Sustainable Development Goals.


Funds Portal

Our database covers retail funds with a responsible investment policy, whether ethical, ESG or impact focused. Our innovative rating system enables you to cut through greenwashing and determine a fund's aims and approach.


Bespoke Services

Our experience enables us to understand and appreciate the nuances of responsible investment research and that one approach does not fit every client requirement. Therefore, we can offer bespoke services tailored to your needs.


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