Organizations to work jointly on annual Index and Dashboard for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) for the next 3 years

Gütersloh and New York, May 30, 2016 – The Bertelsmann Stiftung and the Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) are jointly developing an SDG Index and Dashboard. The new SDG tools, to be released on July 11, 2016, feature a country-level SDG Dashboard, which tracks how every country performs across the 17 SDGs, and an SDG index, which rank countries’ overall performance on the SDGs.

The 17 SDGs, adopted by member states of the United Nations in September 2015, set ambitious quantitative goals to be achieved by 2030 in every country. Meeting these goals will require unprecedented problem solving and mobilization of governments, business, and civil society.

The collaboration will be based on the first SDG Index for high-income countries published by the Bertelsmann Stiftung on the eve of the historic UN summit in September 2015, as well as the innovative efforts by SDSN to measure the SDGs on a global scale with internationally comparable indicators available here.

Sound data and clear metrics, what the Index and Dashboard aim to provide, are indispensable in helping countries tackle development challenges, identify priorities for early action, and craft strategies for implementing the goals.

The United Nations is developing an indicator framework for monitoring the SDGs, but in the interim, measures that draw on available data, to help countries get started with the SDGs, are essential. The new SDG Index and SDG Dashboard launched by the Bertelsmann Stiftung and SDSN aim to fill this gap.

“Sustainable development is a key challenge of our time and we owe it to future generations to live up to it,” said Aart De Geus, Chairman and CEO of the foundation. “Bertelsmann Stiftung is excited to start this new and extraordinary partnership with SDSN. Our work shall support and encourage the full implementation of the SDGs by the UN and member states.”

“Following the adoption of the SDGs and the breakthrough Paris Climate Agreement we must now focus on implementation,” said Jeffrey D. Sachs, Director of the SDSN. “SDSN is very proud to partner with the Bertelsmann Stiftung. Building on the Bertelsmann Stiftung’s pioneering work on an SDG index for OECD countries, SDSN and Bertelsmann will now develop a global SDG Index and Dashboard to assist countries around the world to implement the SDGs.”

The operative work will be led by the two Scientific Co-Directors Guido Schmidt-Traub, Executive Director of SDSN, and Christian Kroll, author of Bertelsmann Stiftung’s prototype index and dashboard on the SDGs.


Guido Schmidt-Traub (SDSN), e-mail:, phone: +33 1 84 86 06 60

Dr. Christian Kroll, e-mail:, phone: +49 52 41 81 81 471

About the Bertelsmann Stiftung

The Bertelsmann Stiftung is one of the largest foundations in Germany. It works to promote social inclusion for everyone. It is committed to advancing this goal through programs that improve education, shape democracy, advance society, promote health, vitalize culture and strengthen economies. Through its activities, the Bertelsmann Stiftung aims to encourage people to contribute to the common good. Founded in 1977 by Reinhard Mohn, the non-profit foundation holds the majority of shares in Bertelsmann SE & Co. KGaA. The Bertelsmann Stiftung is a non-partisan, private operating foundation.

About the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon launched the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) to mobilize global scientific and technological expertise and to promote practical problem solving for sustainable development, including the design and implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Following their adoption, the SDSN is now committed to supporting the implementation of the SDGs at local, national, and global scales. The SDSN aims to accelerate joint learning and help to overcome the compartmentalization of technical and policy work by promoting integrated approaches to the interconnected economic, social, and environmental challenges confronting the world. The SDSN works closely with United Nations agencies, multilateral financing institutions, the private sector, and civil society. The organization and governance of the SDSN aims to enable a large number of leaders from all regions and diverse backgrounds to participate in the development of the network, while at the same time ensuring effective structures for decision-making and accountability.