2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development

A UN resolution made in September 2015 adopting a plan of action for people, planet and prosperity in a new global development framework anchored in 17 Sustainable Development Goals.

Article 6 (of the Paris Agreement)

Under the Paris Agreement, a set of rules agreed at UNFCC COP 26 in 2021 concerning the implementation of NDCs and promoting sustainable development.

Asset-based community development

An approach to sustainable, community-driven development based on the premise that communities can drive the development process themselves by identifying and mobilizing existing but often unrecognized assets.

Blue economy

The sustainable use of ocean resources for economic growth, improved livelihoods, and jobs while preserving the health of ocean ecosystems. (World Bank)

Brundtland Commission Report

A report titled “Our Common Future” published in 1987 by the World Commission on Environment and Development, then chaired by Gro Harlem Brundtland.

Capitals Coalition

A global collaboration redefining value to transform decision-making.

Carpathian Convention (Framework Convention on the Protection and Sustainable Development of the Carpathians)

A framework-type convention pursuing a comprehensive policy and cooperating in the protection and sustainable development of the Carpathians.

CEO Water Mandate

A UN Global Compact initiative to mobilise business leaders into addressing global water challenges through corporate water stewardship.

Community Development

When a community works to identify solutions to problems affecting them.

Community impact investing / Community investing

Investments made directly into low-income or disadvantaged communities, small businesses or community services.

Context analysis

In the context of social impact, examining actors in the project region and possible means of interfacing with them, while also analysing actors with similar objectives and target groups, actors whose concepts might be usefully adapted to the current target region and actors with similar projects from whom lessons can be learned.

Context-based sustainability

An approach to corporate sustainability management that takes into account social, economic, and environmental thresholds and contextually relevant factors in the measurement, management, or reporting of an organisation’s sustainability performance.

Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD)

A multilateral treaty that establishes three goals covering conservation, sustainability and equitable sharing of the benefits of genetic resources.

Country sustainability ranking

An index published annually by RobecoSAM, offering “a comprehensive view into a country’s strengths and weaknesses that are not typically covered by a traditional sovereign risk rating”.


In a Social Impact context, the diminishing influence over time that a completed intervention will have on the presence of an outcome.

Global Compact 100 Index

An index comprising a representative group of businesses in the UN Global Compact.

Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI)

A non-profit initiative started by food industry leaders that focuses on providing safe food for consumers.

Global Reporting Initiative (GRI)

An international organisation that develops and publishes sustainability reporting standards and measures for global companies.

Good Life Goals

A set of personal actions that individuals around the world can take in support of sustainable development goals.

Good Life Goals Guide

A resource guide created by the WBCSD and Fuerrato to help companies understand how to use the Good Life Goals to render the Sustainable Development Goals relevant and actionable to employees and customers.

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