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Pilot-testing participants

  • Project from: 2018 to 2022

The UNRISD project on Sustainable Development Performance Indicators (SDPI) aims to contribute to the measurement and evaluation of the sustainability performance of economic entities—both in the for-profit sector and in the social and solidarity economy.

A key contribution of the project is to design a set of indicators that can help these economic entities gauge whether they are on a pathway to a future consistent with the transformative goals and vision of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. The indicators look at areas of performance associated with inequality, distributive justice and the use of economic power and influence.

Phase 1 of the project, comprising a state-of-the-art review and preliminary guidance on key performance issues, indicators and targets, was completed at the end of 2019. A testing phase is taking place in 2020-2021.

The following enterprises and organizations are among those participating in the pilot testing. (Some participants have elected not to appear on this page.) All participants received training in the use of the the SDPI Manual, and are now conducting or supporting company-wide sustainability assessments.

GVK Society

Grameena Vikas Kendram Society for Rural Development (GVK Society) is a social enterprise operating in South India. GVK Society designs and implements, community driven initiatives with a special focus on regenerative farming systems. GVK Society has a strong focus on regenerative organic cotton from seed to finished garment under the system brand name RESETcotton.


Donggubat is a social enterprise producing solid cosmetics and household goods in the Republic of Korea. It is Donggubat’s mission to provide long-term employment for people with developmental disabilities who today constitute more than half of its workforce. All their products use paper packaging and are certified as organic (USDA) and vegan (EVE VEGAN label).


Established in the Republic of Korea in 1995, Elecom has since grown as a specialized manufacturer of electric power distribution equipment. The enterprise has strongly invested in research and development and launched innovative products such as earthquake-proof voltage switchgears. The company is registered as social enterprise and reinvests profits back into the business or local communities.


FAGOR Ederlan is a world leader in automotive components for chassis, powertrain, and electric powertrain systems of vehicles. The group’s 17 facilities in five countries produce more than 50 million components annually worldwide. FAGOR Ederlan is part of FAGOR and MONDRAGON Corporation, the world’s largest industrial cooperative group owned by its workers.

Laboral Kutxa (MONDRAGON)

Laboral Kutxa is a credit cooperative that is part of the MONDRAGON Group. It develops its activity mainly in the Basque Country and in Navarra, in the north of Spain. It is specialized in retail banking services for families, freelancers and small and medium-sized companies. In total, it serves almost 1,200,000 clients.

GLS Bank

The GLS Bank was the first social-ecological bank in Germany, founded in 1974. Through its banking services GLS supports a variety of projects and businesses like organic farms, institutions for natural health, nursing homes, projects for the unemployed, health food stores, communal housing projects, sustainable businesses, as well as independent schools and kindergartens.


iCOOP is a federation of 101 consumer cooperatives established in 1997 by six small coops in the Republic of Korea. It supplies eco-friendly and organic food and fair trade products to 300,000 members through a network of 243 outlets as well as an online store.


Scotland’s experts on farmer co-ops and food industry collaboration, SAOS provides a range of specialist information, development, and consultancy services. It was established in 1905 and is owned by around 60 member co-operatives with a collective membership of 25,000 people and turnover of around £1.5 billion.


Vancity is a values-based financial co-operative serving the needs of its more than 550,000 member-owners and their communities, with offices and 54 branches located in British Columbia. With $30.4 billion in assets plus assets under administration, Vancity is Canada’s largest community credit union.

Anglo American

Anglo American is a leading global mining company headquartered in London. Their portfolio of operations, development projects and undeveloped resources provides many of the metals and minerals to meet the fast-growing demands of developed and maturing economies.

ART TO MOVE – Responsible Brand Development

ARTTOMOVE is a value-based boutique consultancy, founded in 2007 to actively trigger the needed change within the global Textile & Fashion Business. The company based in the Netherlands encourages and supports brands to let go of past routines and discover new potential within the planetary boundaries, built upon a genuine social foundation.

Sancor Seguros

Founded more than 75 years ago, Sancor Seguros is the leader in Argentina's insurance market, serving more than 9 million customers. The cooperative has been applying a systematic corporate social responsibility process and sustainable business management for more than 15 years.

Indian Farm Forestry Development Cooperative

The Indian Farm Forestry Development Cooperative (IFFDC) conducts projects on natural resources management, rural livelihood development and ecological resilience. Founded in 1993, the cooperative aims to enhance the socio-economic status of people through collective action.

Cabot Creamery Co-operative

Cabot Creamery Co-operative has been in continuous operation for more than a century and makes an extensive line of award-winning cheeses and dairy products available in the United States and beyond. Cabot is a certified B Corporation and is owned by the dairy farm families of Agri-Mark, the Northeast U.S.’s premier dairy co-operative with farms in New York and New England.


Manulife Financial Corporation is a leading international financial services group headquartered in Toronto, Canada, and operating in Canada, Asia, Europe, and (primarily as John Hancock) in the United States. Manulife provides financial advice, insurance, and wealth and asset management solutions for individuals, groups and institutions. At the end of 2020, it had more than 37,000 employees, over 118,000 agents, and thousands of distribution partners serving over 30 million customers.


REFOCUS is a non-profit co-operative based in Cambridge, Ontario, Canada that was founded in 2015. REFOCUS delivers experiential programming and advisory services designed to enable senior enterprise leaders to leverage science- and systems-based management knowledge, tools and methods to lead more effectively in the face of accelerating global change.


Weleda, a world market leader for anthroposophic medicines and certified natural cosmetics, has been developing products for health and beauty since 1921. The company is based in Arlesheim, Switzerland and operates, among other sites, branches in Germany, France and Brazil.


DoBrain is a software company based in the Republic of Korea. Its core product is the “DoBrain” app, a game-based interactive digital solution which allows diagnoses of developmental disorders in pre-school children and their treatment through personalized brain exercises and therapies. DoBrain collaborates with clinical research partners in Korea, Israel and the United States.

Impact Management Project

The Impact Management Project (IMP) provides a forum for building global consensus on measuring, managing and reporting impacts on sustainability. A time-bound global public interest project, the IMP convenes a community of over 2,000 practitioners including enterprises, investors and others, while also facilitating a network of organizations who lead in setting standards and guidance to help practitioners manage their impacts on sustainability.

SK hynix

SK hynix is a global company with over three decades of expertise in semiconductor manufacturing. SK hynix produces memory semiconductors, including DRAM, NAND Flash, and system semiconductors CIS, which are essential for a variety of ICT devices, such as mobile and computing devices. Since beginning trial production of the first Korean 16K SRAM in 1984, SK hynix has invested heavily in R&D to develop cutting-edge technology and to attain a leadership position in the global semiconductor market.

World Benchmarking Alliance

The World Benchmarking Alliance (WBA) is a non-profit organisation that assesses and ranks the world’s most influential companies’ performance on the SDGs. It publishes publicly available benchmarks that provide all stakeholders, from consumers and investors to employees and business leaders, with key data and insights to encourage sustainable business practices across all sectors.

World Bank

The World Bank plays a key role in the global effort to end extreme poverty and boost shared prosperity. Working in more than 100 countries, the Bank provides financing, advice, and other solutions that enable countries to address the most urgent development challenges.

City of Kitchener

The largest municipality in Waterloo Region, Kitchener is situated in Southwestern Ontario, Canada. It features strong, active neighbourhoods, leisure facilities, support for arts and culture, diverse events, and scenic parks and natural areas. Kitchener is known for innovation, support for educational institutions, embracing technology, and a thriving business community. It is actively working to become a more equitable and inclusive community as its population becomes more diverse.