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About the Course

How can businesses and investors help fill the multi-trillion-dollar gap needed for sustainable development? Simply put: by incorporating sustainability and social impact factors on people and planet into management decisions. Through this course, anyone can learn to improve their organization's practice of impact measurement and management and align their ESG or impact activities and reporting with emerging global standards. Impact Measurement and Management for the SDGs is a collaboration between UNDP SDG Impact and the award-winning team at CASE at Duke University. The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) is a steward of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) that were launched in 2015 and to which 193 countries have signed up to achieve by 2030. The SDGs are a shared plan to end extreme poverty, reduce inequality, and protect the planet; they have become the world’s blueprint to achieve a better and more sustainable future for all. But the public sector cannot meet those goals alone. Climate change, poverty, racial and gender equity, food, health, education, clean water − the list of challenges faced by people and planet is too long. Businesses and investors have stepped in to help. The course was designed around the fundamental elements of the SDG Impact Standards, the only management standards that embed sustainability at the core of an organization in the holistic way intended by the creators of the SDGs. The course demonstrates how the SDG Impact Standards help organizations align with responsible business principles, other standards, and best practices in impact management. In the course, you’ll learn to improve decision-making for positive impact on people and planet in line with the SDG Impact Standards and the Operating Principles for Impact Management. In the course, we have translated 4 universal practices of impact management into practical actions: SET STRATEGY, INTEGRATE, OPTIMIZE and REINFORCE. We teach the steps to implement these actions through short videos and lessons with concrete practical examples. Professionals who know how to apply these sustainable management standards are increasingly in demand by institutions globally as they work to improve their performance and reporting around ESG and impact management. If you work or wish to work within an enterprise, a corporation, a fund that manages assets or an asset owner or advisory that oversees investment assets, or if you just want to learn more about impact investing, ESG, social finance or corporate reporting, this course will help you master the core concepts and practices in impact management for the SDGs and other impacts from enterprise and investor perspectives. This course was written and is delivered by CASE Faculty Director Cathy Clark, and benefitted from extensive input from a larger team from UNDP, CASE, global academic advisors, and other experts. For a full list of acknowledgements, see:

Top reviews


Jan 27, 2022

Week one course is very inspirational. As a Development Consultant under Impact Investment, it is so enriching for my work. I am highly geared to complete this entire course in the next few days.


Jun 11, 2022

This course provides lots of structure and frameworks that help enterprises and investors alike to measure and manage SDG Outcomes. The case studies and additonal resources are also very helpful.

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By Edwin O

Jan 9, 2022

Great! I really liked the dual company-investor approach and how both can apply the SDGs.

By Septy a P

Apr 8, 2022

thank you for helping to understand about impact measurement & management for the SDGs

By Himani N

May 14, 2022

Got to learn so much about IMM through this course. Thankyou

By Josep M

Apr 24, 2022

Great course, lots of learnings and insights into IMM!

By Sajit J K

Jun 13, 2022

A well structured program and very good delivery.


May 8, 2022

very intersting introduction to ESG challenge!

By Angie W

Mar 9, 2022

So helpful and much needed working for a CDFI!

By Anna S

Feb 11, 2022

Great overview of IMM!


Feb 18, 2022

Best of its line

By Youssef B

Jun 22, 2022

Great experience

By Eric S

Jul 6, 2022


By Егерева П Г

Apr 3, 2022

​Positive points: rhe course provide a complex information about SDG and its management, not only for enterpreneurs, but lao for investors. I like that during thr course I had an opportunity to create a plan as an investor and got special tools for it.

P​oints that can be improved: the course provide a lot of information, so it is hard to keep it also (each step has substeps). Sometimes the information was repeater twice or more times.

Thank you for this course!!! It was amazing journey

By Anne S

Apr 8, 2022

The content is well prepared, and actionable for companies and investors at all stages of ESG readiness. Videos are simple, easy to understand, and succinct with quizzes that help internalize training. My only feedback is to simplify material duplicated between Enterprise and Investor sections each week.

By Chris M

Jan 27, 2022

G​reat information. Well organized and robust. Well present by Cathy. This is a very 'dense' course which limits retention. It is a practial / applied course, with little time sharing a 'why' for methods.

By Jeridah S

Feb 7, 2022

Such useful information on how to set SDG strategy , how to monitor and reinforce for both investors and enterprises. I liked the incoporation of real life examples.

By Preshant S (

May 22, 2022

Could do with a capstone project


Jul 19, 2022

Good to learn

By Vaishnavi P

May 13, 2022

Concepts thought are too generic and basic. They can make it a little bit subject oriented too.