Major Activities and Partners of ASD

Members of ASD will be able to experience and benefit in diverse UN and SDGs related activities and be advised on Sustainable Management, ESG Management, Eco-Friendly Projects and others.

The Association for Supporting the SDGs for the United Nations (ASD), established in 2011, is an international non-governmental organization in special consultative status with the ECOSOC (United Nations Economic and Social Council) since 2015.

Our association is committed to building networks on SDGs implementation among major global enterprises and governments, urging the National Assembly of the member states to promote the SDGs (Sustainable Development Goals), the world’s largest blueprint to achieve human prosperity and global environmental protection. To encourage more stakeholders to join the SDGs effort, ASD analyzes the sustainability business index of the leading global companies and evaluates the best practices.

ASD has introduced SDGs-related initiatives to the Korea National Assembly and major corporations by participating in the United Nations’ High-Level Political Forum (HLPF) for Sustainable Development, the United Nations General Assembly, and major committees of the Economic and Social Council. It has brought sustainable, socially responsible, and environmentally friendly business models of associated corporations to the attention of the UN at such conferences. Concurrently, Korea’s sustainable management practices have been introduced to member states of the UN which have been officially accepted by the UN several times.

Furthermore, the association annually (each in October and February) publishes the Sustainable Development Goal Business Index (SDGBI) and Guidelines for Reducing Plastic Waste (GRP) of approximately 2000 major corporations. The purpose is to help businesses improve their global strategies in the perspective of the ESG (Environmental, Social, and Governance) criteria: environmental management, sustainable management, and social contribution. In particular, ASD selects and announces ‘Global Sustainable Leaders 100’ & ‘Global Sustainable Brands 100’, every July with a prize on the ‘SDGs implementation Corporation’. This year’s list received worldwide attention during UN HLPF 2019.

ASD has been selected as one of the main organizers for the 2019 UN HLPF (2019.07.08 ~ 19). 36 organizers were selected worldwide, and ASD was exclusively selected as the exhibition organizer in Korea. The association exhibited 14 major global companies’ sustainable management models at the UN headquarters 1st-floor lobby.

The association has collaborated with 50 leading global enterprises as partners and has executed more than 15 campaigns related to the green environment, women, children, fashion, health, fine dust, and more. Through the SDGs network, ASD cooperates in various ways with major global leaders around the world (including member states of the UN, the EU congress, and Nobel Prize winners) to articulate actions by different stakeholders and create a synergetic environment.


1. A Recent 8-year Activity Report

① Support the SDGs projects of the global enterprises and consult the SDGs business model and bond issue

■ Conduct $5.5billion scaled SDGs projects with 50 member corporations

Corporation Name Project Name and Related SDG
The scale of the SDGs projects that were conducted in collaboration with member corporations and the ASD for 7 years ‘$5.5 billion

Equivalent to 145th top GDP in the world

Intel Coding Education & AI Program : SDG 4,8,9,11
POSCO Habitat for Humanity Steel Village project: SDG 9,10,11
HSBC Issue of Sustainability Bond: SDG 8
LG Electronics Support education of developing countries: SDG 4
SK Hynix Partnership with cooperation enterprises: SDG 17
KT Coexistence of labor-management activities through Union Corporate Committee(UCC)/ Implementation SDGs through the technology of KT 5G: SDG 7,8,11
UNIQLO Support clothing in developing countries and manufacture eco-friendly clothing: SDG 10, 13, 14
CJ CheilJedang Eco-friendly biotechnology and production of healthy food: SDG 15, 2
Hyundai Department Store Produce eco-friendly packaging and products: SDG 13
CJ Olive Young Certification of cosmetics and beauty products: SDG 3,13
HYUNDAI LIVART FURNITURE COMPANY LIMITED Green furniture production and protect forest: SDG 13, 15
HANDSOME Corporation Produce eco-friendly fashion clothing: SDG 7, 13
Korean Air Co., Ltd., Cooperating on carbon reduction project: SDG 13
Hyundai Green Food Co., Ltd. Certification and Production of eco-friendly Food: SDG 3, 15
CJ Logistics Reducing regional disparity through distribution: SDG 10
Hyundai Engineering Construction of infrastructure: SDG 9
Korea East-West Power Green energy and new renewable energy: SDG 7, 13
Ildong Pharmaceutical Group Production of sustainable medical supplies: SDG 3
Uniquest Development of future technology such as Autonomous driving: SDG 8,9,11
HANSOT Solving problems of poverty through inexpensive and healthy food. : SDG 1,2
BKT ‘BKT’ model which creates a sustainable water environment through clean sewage treatment and recycling of livestock wastewater: SDG 6


■ Established SDGs Business Index (SDGBI), a business index that assists 2500 major corporations in the analysis and consultation based on the SDGs

The Sustainable Development Goals Business Index (SDGBI) is a Sustainable Development Goals(SDGs)-based Corporate Sustainability Analysis Index for global corporations, adopted as an official statement (E/2019/NGO/91) at the High-Level Segment(HLS) of the 2019 High Level Political Forum(HLPF). As a branch of the SDGBI, from 2019, ‘Guidelines for Reducing Plastic waste and fine dust’(GRP), has also since been announced. Since 2016, the Association for Supporting the SDGs for the UN (ASD) has announced the SDGBI annually.


■ ‘Global Sustainable Leaders 100’ & ‘Global Sustainable Brands 100’

The Association announced the ‘Global Sustainable Brand 100’ list in 2019 in commemoration of its selection as the Exhibitions Organizer for the UN High-Level Political Forum 2019.

The 2020 ‘Global Sustainable Leaders 100’ has announced in celebration of receiving H.E. Tijjani Muhammad-Bande’s (President of the UN General Assembly representing 193 UN member states) official letter encouraging the public and private sector to implement the SDGs and actively respond to Covid-19. The list classifies the most sustainable leaders, organizations, and brands of both public and private sectors, along with organizations that have responded outstandingly to the Covid-19 epidemic.


■ Consult the issue of the Sustainability Bond to HSBC and major financial companies

The Korean government, under the supervision of HSBC, issued a $500 million worth of Sustainability Bond and Green Bond with 5 years’ maturity in New York, USA – The first government in the world to issue Sustainability Bond. Supervised by HSBC -> The ASD consulted HSBC about the issue of Sustainability bond based on the SDGs


② Promotion of the National Assembly’ SDGs activities and support the legislation(budget)activities

■ The ASD has been working as an official Legislative Research Organization to assist the National Assembly of the country to review the SDGs-relevant budgets and implement the SDGs.

With forty-three members from the country’s legislative body, the ASD established the National Assembly SDGs Forum (NSD), the world’s first group of congressional leaders formally established to promote the SDGs. It has passed over 50 legislations, as well as numerous budgets, directly related to the SDGs. The members of the NSD also met the UN Secretary-general in 2014 and 2016 and discussed the expansion of the NSD model. Furthermore, NSD has engaged in diverse congressional activities related to the SDGs such as holding forums and launching campaigns.


③ The UN Activities

■ Participation in the main committee of the UN HLPF, UN ECOSOC, formal meeting with the key UN leaders, and host the SDGs events

Participation in the United Nations Official Conference

2016: Representatives attended the 66th United Nations Department of Public Information / Non-Governmental Organization Conference under the theme ‘Education for Global Citizenship: Achieving the Sustainable Development Goals,’ Gyeongju, the Republic of Korea, 30 May-1 June.

2018: Representatives attended the 51st session of the Commission on Population and Development of the Economic and Social Council under the theme ‘Sustainable cities, human mobility and international migration,’ United Nations Headquarters, New York, 9-13 April.

2019: Representatives attended the 52nd session of the Commission on Population and Development of the Economic and Social Council, United Nations Headquarters, New York, 1-5 April.

2019: UN HLPF 2019: Participation as the exhibition organizer, United Nations Headquarters, New York, 9-18 July.


■ Participation in meetings of the United Nations

The association also had an opportunity to meet UN Secretary-general, Ban Ki-Moon in 2014 and 2016 to discuss the expansion of the NSD model at UN headquarter in New York. The organization also met with the Special Adviser of the UN Secretary-General on the Post-2015 Development Planning on July 21st, 2015, and Special Adviser of the UN Secretary-General on the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and Climate Change on December 5th, 2016. Moreover, the association conducted a meeting with Amina J. Mohammed, Deputy Secretary-General of the UN to discuss SDGs implementation of the enterprises and congress.

On the 18th of April, 2016, H. E. Mrs. Erna Solberg, the Prime Minister of Norway, and the UN’s SDG Advocacy Group’s Co-Chair were invited to Korea by ASD. They discussed SDGs promotion and implementation with the association. They stated that Congress and enterprises need financial support and a budget for SDGs. On March 26th, 2018, the association concluded to collaborate with Malala Yousafzai, United Nations Peace Messenger and Founder of the Malala Fund for SDGs implementation initiative.


■ Cooperation with UN bodies

The association cooperates with the United Nations Office for Sustainable Development (UNOSD) and the United Nations Project Office on Governance (UNPOG) for the expansion and implementation of the SDGs. Nations Messenger of Peace, Malala Yousafzai agreed to collaborate with ASD in the Global initiatives to promote SDGs in March 2018. Furthermore, Assistant Secretary-General for Economic Development and Chief Economist, Elliot Harris stated that ASD has significantly contributed to the work of the United Nations and that he strongly endorses its activities on SDGs promotion.

2019 UN HLPF High Level Political Forum Exhibition Organization
ASD is one of the 36 exbibition organizations held in the UN head quarter during the period of 2019 at the UN HLPF High Level Political Forum.


■ Introduced and submitted written statements about sustainable management models of global corporations to UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) commissions – Fourteen written statements submitted and adopted

◇ 2015 ECOSOC High-Level Segment – 2015.7.

◇ Commission on the Status of Women Sixtieth session – 2016.4.

◇ ECOSOC High-Level Segment Written Statements – 2016.7. 2016

◇ The 55th Session of the Commission for Social Development – 2017.2.

◇ 16th Session of the Committee of Experts on Public Administration – 2017.4.

◇ The 56th Session of the Commission for Social Development – 2018.2.

◇ The 51st Session of the Commission on Population and Development – 2018.4.

◇ 2018 ECOSOC High-Level Segment – 2018.7.

◇ The 52st Session of the Commission on Population and Development – 2019.4.

◇ 2019 ECOSOC High-Level Segment – 2019.7.

◇ Commission on the Status of Women Sixty-fourth session – 2020.3.

◇ The 53rd Session of the Commission on Population and Development – 2020.4

◇ The 59th Session of the Commission for Social Development – 2021.2

◇ The 54st Session of the Commission on Population and Development – 2021.4.


④ Promotion Events of MGoS and SDGs

■ Establishment of the SDGs Global Implementation Network

The ASD, supporting the success of the 2018 High-Level Political Forum with Global Leaders, launched the SDGs Global Implementation Network. This network is meaningful in that it makes a platform where key global organizations and key leaders can cooperate and work in coordination to achieve the SDGs and together support the activities of ECOSOC.

“Since gaining special consultative status with ECOSOC in 2015, the Association has actively engaged in the Council’s work. I would like to thank you for helping to raise awareness around the 2030 Agenda and the Sustainable Development Goals and advance their implementation. The formation of the SDGs Global Implement Network is a great example of the Association’s passionate contribution to promoting sustainable development. I am confident that the initiative will play a significant role. It is an excellent example of articulating actions by different stakeholders and creating synergies among them. This can indeed be a best practice that could be showcased at the UN Economic and Social Council in the future. Organizations like yours do their part, both by assisting governments in getting things done, and by monitoring that promises are kept. This role is critical. It is you, through your role with parliaments, governments, and leaders who can connect the people to policymakers in support of real change in society.”

– Marie Chatardová, President of the United Nations Economic and Social Council


⑤ Global SDGs & Environmental Projects

■ Conduct environmental campaigns to reduce plastic use and to prevent fine dust and marine conservation project

■ GRP : Guidelines for Reducing Plastic Waste & Sustainable Ocean and Climate Action Acceleration

The GRP is annually announced to proliferate more than 100 global enterprises’ activities regarding the reduction of plastic-and-petroleum-related products and sustainable ocean·climate action acceleration. The GRP (Guidelines for Reducing Plastic Waste & Sustainable Ocean and Climate Action Acceleration) signifies global environmental guidelines and international environmental standards.

GRP utilizes a ‘4 rating system’ (AAA, AA+, AA, AA-) and associated enterprises in the system obtain an international environment certification.

ASD publishes and announces the Guidelines for reducing plastic waste(GRP) every year to promote enterprises to pay more attention to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) – specifically on the marine environment and global warming. Furthermore, the association is aware of the diverse issues regarding the marine environment and provides expert advice to the National Assembly and enterprises for implementation.


■ ASD runs projects based on the following 6 goals.

▷ The association annually publishes the Sustainable Development Goal Business Index (SDGBI) and Guidelines for reducing plastic waste (GRP) of approximately 2000 major corporations. The purpose is to help them improve their global strategies from the perspective of the ESG (Environmental, Social, and Governance) criteria, environmental management, sustainable management, and social contribution.

▷ ASD analyzes and encourages caution of environmental expense which government, the National Assembly, and global enterprises have to cover.

▷ ASD recommends taking concrete action to reduce the use of plastic for global enterprises.

▷ ASD urges the use of less water and prevention to let contaminated water out into the ocean to the fast fashion enterprises.

▷ ASD continues its promotion of the importance of the coral reef which absorbs the carbon dioxide on the planet through the media.

▷ ASD conducts a continuous campaign that enterprises and the media can be aware of to prevent the Arctic from disappearing due to global warming and the scarcity of resources.