Name: Common reporting guidelines for voluntary stakeholder reports

Reference: The UN Global Compact's reporting framework

Need to Act?

Voluntary Stakeholder Reporting is one voluntary contribution that people, business and associations can make to the National Follow Up and Review of their country.

For example reports, consult the UN Global Compact website.

The reports of your peers in the industry could be instructive for your own course of action towards a more sustainable business or life.

If you are a blogger, then it is recommended to use your blog as platform for publishing your Voluntary Stakeholder Report.

We propose, when you share a report or when it is published online, to tagcode it. #tagcoding means: to include hashtags for its industrial sector in the country where you work or live, and for the sustainable development goals and targets that you contribute to. This video gives more details about the #tagcoding hashtags for the #SDGs.


Common reporting guidelines seek to support stakeholders major groups and other relevant stakeholders to report on their contributions for sustainable development. They were initially inspired by #crg4VNR - Common reporting guidelines for voluntary national reviews. They provide a framework for certain common elements within reports while allowing for flexibility so stakeholders can adapt to their own circumstances.

Whereas the National follow up and review is State-led, your Voluntary Stakeholder Reporting is up to you.

In paragraph 74 of the 2030 Agenda (#asd74), Member States identified a number of principles to guide the follow-up and review process at all levels. In preparing the stakeholder report, it is important that these principles be taken into account.

The following components are suggested as a way to help major groups and stakeholders to frame their reporting, bearing in mind that a report can be a source for aggregate reporting and that it can be instructive in multiple comparisons:

  • for peers in the own country;
  • for peers in the same sector in a different country;
  • for students, scholars and policy makers or development practitioners in other countries.

Structure and content of a Voluntary Stakeholder Report

Stakeholders are encouraged to structure the report along the following lines, which will promote consistency and comparability. Doing so will also help inform the multiple reviews and generate reflections on implementation.


Check the UN Global Compact's reporting framework.

This is a proposition influenced by Proposal for voluntary common reporting guidelines for voluntary national reviews at the high-level political forum (Arabic) (Chinese) (French) (Russian) (Spanish), in order to support stakeholders who wish to contribute to the #NFUR02 - Fostering of Mutual Accountability in the context of #NFUR00 - National follow up and review - #asd79 for sustainable development.

Call to Action - #ACT4SDGs

No matter how limited your report is, when sharing it via the internet we propose to #tagcode it.

#tagcoding is an effective way of reaching people with an interest in your contributions to the Sustainable Development Goals.

Below Twitter timeline shows posts that explain why and how to tag-code.

Check here about embedding a #tagcoding hashtag timeline in your website or blog.