HIP x Sustainable Development Goals

HIP Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) Ratings capture the degree to which impact entities align their performance with the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and where possible*, explicit SDG Targets and Metrics.

* More than half of the SDG targets listed on the UN SDG website function as a target, and don't yet have data

HIP Organized Data Points have been reviewed for their materiality to all SDGs, from "1. No Poverty" through "17. Partnerships for the Goals." This materiality matrix is then used to weight HIP data and metric-ratings and create a composite SDG rating framework for each Sustainable Development Goal.
Where material metrics exist, each of the sectors -- schools, hospitals, cities, etc. -- has a sector-specific rating framework. HIP uses the concept of "Impact Entity," which is usually an issuer or obligor. Every Impact Entity has a unique rating, on as many of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals that are relevant to that sector.

Sample Material Metrics

SDG 9: Industry Innovation, & Infrastructure

Higher Education

  • Research Spending per Student


  • EnergyStar Certifications

K-12 School Districts

  • Solar Capacity per Student

Electric Utilities

  • Proposed Generator Power Mix
  • Current Power Mix (Air Emissions, Revenue per CO2 ton)

SDG 11: Sustainable Cities & Communities

Governments (Cities, Counties, States)

  • Crime and Murder Rates
  • Poverty ratios
  • Transportation Affordability
  • CO2 Emissions per Capita
  • Renewable Energy Consumption
  • GINI Index
  • Wealth Equality by Race

Housing Agencies

  • Public Housing Physical Inspection Score
  • Complete Plumbing Facilities ratio
  • Complete Kitchen Facilities ratio
  • Proximity To Major Direct Dischargers of Water
  • Homeless Support Services

SDG 12: Responsible Consumption & Production

Water Utilities

  • Unregulated Contaminants
  • Lead and Copper Level Exceedances
  • Total Penalties Assessed
  • Discharge to Impaired Waters

Electric Utilities

  • Air Emissions
  • Coal Ash Management
  • Emissions Control Investments
  • Efficiency Investment
  • Power Mix
  • Efficiency Savings
  • Demand Side Management

Other Frameworks


The Taskforce on Climate-Related Financial Disclosures (TCFD), is led by Chair Michael Bloomberg. As an early leader in carbon reporting, TCFD created practical guidelines for disclosing climate-related financial information.


The European Union Sustainable Finance Disclosure Regulation (EU SFDR) and the Corporate Sustainability Reporting Directive (CSRD) are part of a plan that encompasses both financial and non-financial organizations.

These disclosures address the transition to sustainability, increasing inclusiveness, and addressing global issue in the financial sector regarding the Green Deal.


The Sustainability Accounting Standards Board (SASB) recently merged with the International Integrated Reporting Council (IIRC) to create the Value Reporting Foundation (VRF).

This organization focuses on determining the materiality to enterprise value of environmental, social, and governance metrics. SASB was also originally founded by Michael Bloomberg.

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