Why ESG data gaps threaten SDG progress

Change is urgently needed

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Pietro Bertazzi and Helen Finlay of CDP.
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Pietro Bertazzi and Helen Finlay of CDP.

The current environment-related Sustainable Development Goal (SDGs) data landscape is plagued by disclosure gaps relating to urgent ESG issues, such as climate risks, which are hampering our ability to fully progress and so threaten the achievement of the SDGs.

On 22 May 2021, the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) released a report titled Measuring Progress: Environment and the SDGs, examining the 92 indicators UNEP has classified as the most relevant to the environmental dimension of the SDGs. The report reveals that while data availability has improved, currently 58% of environmental indicators have insufficient data to assess progress. How can we enact sustainable change without data that allows regulators and investors to differentiate leaders from laggards? Moreover, how can this be achieved without the necessary reporting to measure progres...

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