Mapping the oil and gas industry to the Sustainable Development Goals

Jul 24, 2017

New York, 24 July - The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), International Finance Corporation (IFC) and IPIECA launched a new joint report, Mapping the oil and gas industry to the Sustainable Development Goals: An Atlas,’ at the SDG Business Forum organized in conjunction with the UN High-Level Political Forum (10-19 July).  

The report illustrates how the oil and gas industry links to and can contribute to address each of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)— by integrating into core business operations and by identifying opportunities for oil and gas companies to collaborate with other stakeholders, and leverage experiences and resources to implement each goal.

“The private sector has a critical role to play in the achievement of the SDGs. This Atlas provides practical recommendations and examples of how the oil and gas industry can take action to ensure that the social and economic benefits are widely shared and environmental impacts are minimized,” said Nik Sekhran, Director for Sustainable Development, UNDP.

“We are pleased to launch this report with IPIECA and IFC and look forward to using it to inform dialogue and collaboration in SDG implementation in oil and gas rich countries,” he further stated.

The Atlas illustrates how the oil and gas industry can most effectively support and contribute to the achievement of the SDGs for sustainable development through the roles and responsibilities of key stakeholders, and by providing examples of good practices and existing knowledge and resources available in the industry on sustainable development.

"The SDGs represent an ambitious, collective, international agenda,” said Bernard Sheahan, Global Director of Infrastructure and Natural Resources, IFC. “Achieving the Goals will require partnership and collaboration between and among all sectors and industries. By mapping the linkages between the oil and gas industry and the SDGs, we hope to encourage our clients and partners to further embed the Goals into their business and operations and seek out new, innovative ways to contribute to global development."

“We are delighted to launch the Atlas which we believe will be a valuable tool for companies as they work to align with the SDGs framework. The SDGs will be central to how the industry frames and communicates its contribution to sustainable development going forward,” said Brian Sullivan, IPIECA’s Executive Director.

UNDP in partnership with the IFC and IPIECA (global industry association for social and environmental issues in the oil and gas industry) have worked together over the past year to prepare the report. The preparation of the report has included wide consultations and inputs from the oil and gas industry (IPIECA member companies and other industry associations) as well as from civil society, academia, and international organizations.

Contact Information

Media Queries: Sangita Khadka, Communications Specialist, UNDP Bureau for Policy and Programme Support, New York, email:   Tel: + 1 212 906 5043

Casper Sonesson, Policy Advisor, Extractive Industries, UNDP Bureau for Policy and Programme Support, New York, email:

Stevan Jackson, Communications Officer, Infrastructure and Natural Resources, IFC, Washington DC, email: Tel. +1 202 458 5054

IPIECA,, +44 207 633 2388

About IFC

IFC, a member of the World Bank Group, is the largest global development institution focused on the private sector in emerging markets. Working with more than 2,000 businesses worldwide, we use our capital, expertise, and influence, to create opportunity where it’s needed most. In FY16, our long-term investments in developing countries rose to nearly $19 billion, helping the private sector play an essential role in the global effort to end extreme poverty and boost shared prosperity. For more information, visit


IPIECA is the global oil and gas industry association for environmental and social issues. It develops, shares and promotes good practices and knowledge to help the industry improve its environmental and social performance, and is the industry’s principle channel of communication with the United Nations. Through its member-led working groups and executive leadership, IPIECA brings together the collective expertise of oil and gas companies and associations. Its unique position within the industry enables its members to respond effectively to key environmental and social issues.

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