Our story


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Our generation is the first to have the means to make the transformation to a world with more prosperity and less inequality, to protect the diversity of nature and the stability of our climate, to peace and security. In such a world, everybody can thrive, from individual to multinational.

The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are our ‘to-do-list’ for the world we want in 2030. They are a form of civilization, a common language to which we have all committed ourselves. This makes it possible to work better together on these goals.

These goals are interlinked and they transcend boundaries between sectors and countries. They pose a set of challenges as well as opportunities. They can require deep transformations and joint action at all levels and between sectors. To create the world we want, it is essential ánd possible to join the forces of diverse actors, leaving no one behind. 


The mission of the SDG Charter Foundation Bureau is to ‘connect for impact’: to convene diverse actors, catalyse joint actions and create synergy towards the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). It aims for impact that contributes to achieving the SDGs before 2030, through cooperation and partnerships.


All activities together form an enabling environment for the SDG Charter Network, to (jointly) contribute to the SDGs. For highlights of the results, in numbers and pictures, click here.

SDG Roadmap: the co-creation of the Dutch national SDG Roadmap is the backbone of our work. Together with partners from all sectors of society, we are currently identifying ‘breakthrough’ SDG opportunities at home and abroad.

SDG Nederland: this is our information website in Dutch for a wider audience. It is a stepping stone to more involvement and it is linked to the Gateway.

Events: both small-scale and large events where you can network and inspire each other. Yearly, we are the driving force behind the ‘SDG Action Day’ on September 25.

SDG Gateway: this is the online support for our offline work, an online community functioning as the ‘LinkedIn for the SDGs’. You can find events, showcase your initiatives and connect to partners and peers.

Communication Coalition: where communication expertise from key umbrella organizations (Steering Committee) is pooled to solve the shared problem of how to interest more people in action towards the SDGs.

We are still working on:

SDG Alliances: together with key-stakeholders and the National SDG Coordinator we set up alliances where experts around specific SDGs can find each other, to explore what is happening, analyze challenges and opportunities and take action.

SDG ToerMee: a roadshow with a main role for the Very Inspiring People (VIP) bus! After a successful pilot in Amsterdam, ToerMee is ready to visit other places, towns and cities in the Netherlands. Are you ready for ToerMee? Contact us.

SDG Impact Facility (“Symfonie”): where existing (financial) instruments and expertise from public and private sources are pooled and coordinated, in order to facilitate innovation that serves the SDGs.


On September 30, 2014 60+ businesses NGO's, knowledge institutes, (local)governments, financial institutions and philanthropists signed the SDG Charter

On September 30, 2014 60+ businesses NGO's, knowledge institutes, (local)governments, financial institutions and philanthropists signed the SDG Charter

In 2013, Royal DSM, True Price and Worldconnectors, initiated the SDG Charter. It grew into a platform with over 40 signatories from different sectors of society. In September 2014, the founders presented the Charter on the role of business, civil society and cross-sector partnerships in the Post-2015 development agenda. 60+ partners signed. In September 2015, one week after adoption of the SDGs, the Charter signatories met during the event: "We are ready" and the first partnerships presented themselves. In September 2016, the SDG Charter Foundation was set up, to facilitate the growing number of signatories (300+) to do what they signed up for and to involve others. In September 2018, a basic enabling environment was ready for signatories and others, to facilitate their (joint) contribution to the SDGs. 


The SDG Charter Network’s activities are largely supported in-kind and in-cash, by its Steering Committee members and Signatories. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs provides the in-cash support for the supporting SDG Charter Bureau (secretariat).


Project phase 1 September 2016 - 1 September 2018
For highlights of the results of the first project phase, in numbers and pictures, click here.
Download here our full report of the activities carried out in the first phase, 1/9/2016- 31/8/2018 (in Dutch).
Click here to download our financial report to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and an overview of in-kind contributions.
Download here our policy plan for the first project phase.

Project phase 1 September 2018 - 1 September 2021
Download here our policy plan and budget for the second phase, 1/9/2018 - 1/9/2021.
Download here our annual report (in Dutch) and budget, 1/9/2019 - 1/9/2020.