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The SDG Dashboard: Reporting and Sharing SDG Best Practice Impacts of Higher Education Business Schools
Description/achievement of initiative

The SDG Dashboard is a best practices reporting and sharing platform for the SDGs in business school higher education. As a partner on the SDG Partnership Platform, the SDG Dashboard would make two major contributions: 1. The SDG Dashboard would be a resource to higher education institutions interested in learning how to increase SDG impacts in their core functions: teaching, research, partnerships, dialogue, and organisational practices. 2. Provide an opportunity for any partner to showcase their best practices on SDG impacts. The SDG Dashboard aligns well with these Action Networks and Databases: Business for 2030, HESI, and SDG Good Practices.

Implementation methodologies

Vision: “The SDG Dashboard is a collaborative data reporting and analytics platform for global business schools to share their best practice impacts on the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and transform business education into a force for good.” To achieve this Vision, the SDG Dashboard is implemented as follows. Global business schools interested in participating in the SDG Dashboard receive orientation and training from the SDG Dashboard team at the Haub School of Business. Schools then proceed to upload SDG impact data regarding their core functions: teaching, research, partnerships, dialogue, and organisational practices. The SDG Dashboard team then cleans, edits, and prepares school data for review. A collaborative editing and approval process between schools and the SDG Dashboard team assures data quality. Once approved by schools, the SDG Dashboard team converts school data into an interactive online visualization. This visualization provides high-level as well as detailed web-link sources about schools’ best SDG impact practices. School SDG Dashboard may be updated in an annual reporting cycle, although new data may be inputted on and ongoing basis.

Arrangements for Capacity-Building and Technology Transfer

Because the SDG Dashboard is freely available on a globally accessible online platform, it can be utilized by a variety of higher education institutions to both learn about and share SDG best impact practices in the higher education space. Additionally, non-academic stakeholders (business, government, nonprofits, etc.) can access the SDG Dashboard to foster understanding and alliances. The SDG Dashboard fosters capacity-building for SDG impact by easily sharing specific SDG-related best practices in higher education. In terms of technology transfer, the SDG Dashboard offers a free and efficient platform and process for schools to document and manage their contributions to advancing the SDGs.

Coordination mechanisms/governance structure

The SDG Dashboard is fully-funded and managed by the Haub School of Business at Saint Joseph’s University in Philadelphia, PA, USA. Within the Haub School structure, the SDG Dashboard is an initiative of the Pedro Arrupe Center for Business Ethics. The Arrupe Center is managed by the Dean of the Haub School and advised by an Advisory Board comprised of external and internal stakeholders. Organizationally, the SDG Dashboard employs one faculty Director, two Faculty Fellows, 2 graduate assistants, and 4-8 undergraduate students depending on workload. All of these positions are part-time and compensated. Global business schools who participate as partners in the SDG Dashboard are not charged fees. Because of the collaborative nature of the SDG Dashboard, several key stakeholders and partners are regularly engaged. As an Advanced Signatory of Principles for Responsible Management Education (PRME), an initiative sponsored by the United Nations Global Compact (UNGC), the SDG Dashboard directly supports the SDGs and Agenda 2030. Additionally, the SDG Dashboard is an official member of the Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) which has been operating since 2012 under the auspices of the UN Secretary-General and maintains a focus on the SDGs.

Partner(s)

Because of the collaborative nature of the SDG Dashboard, several key stakeholders and partners are regularly engaged. As an Advanced Signatory of Principles for Responsible Management Education (PRME), an initiative sponsored by the United Nations Global Compact (UNGC), the SDG Dashboard directly supports the SDGs and Agenda 2030. Additionally, the SDG Dashboard is an official member of the Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) which has been operating since 2012 under the auspices of the UN Secretary-General and maintains a focus on the SDGs. There are several stakeholder networks with whom the SDG Dashboard is affiliated: GBSN, AACSB, and AJCU.
Progress reports
Goal 4
Goal 8
Goal 17
April 2020
Deliverable 1: Produce 6-10 fully functioning SDG Dashboards
April 2021
Deliverable 2: Produce an additional 25-50 SDG Dashboards
April 2022
Deliverable 3: Produce an additional 25-50 SDG Dashboards
December 2030
Deliverable 4: Produce 500 SDG Dashboards
Financing (in USD)
200,000 USD
Staff / Technical expertise
Faculty and administrative uncompensated or partially compensated time

Basic information
Time-frame: January 2017 - December 2030
Partners
Because of the collaborative nature of the SDG Dashboard, several key stakeholders and partners are regularly engaged. As an Advanced Signatory of Principles for Responsible Management Education (PRME), an initiative sponsored by the United Nations Global Compact (UNGC), the SDG Dashboard directly supports the SDGs and Agenda 2030. Additionally, the SDG Dashboard is an official member of the Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) which has been operating since 2012 under the auspices of the UN Secretary-General and maintains a focus on the SDGs. There are several stakeholder networks with whom the SDG Dashboard is affiliated: GBSN, AACSB, and AJCU.
Countries
Contact information
David Steingard, Director, SDG Dashboard, steingar@sju.edu
United Nations