Small Business, Big Impact: A six-step journey to drive sustainability and growth in SMEs

This six-step learning journey will help SMEs around the world understand the business case for integrating sustainability into their operations and how to do so through on-demand learnings, live sessions with peers, and a toolkit for action.


2030 Agenda
SDG17: Partnerships for the goals
SDG 17: Capacity-building
Sustainable business
business strategy

Small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) are the engine of private-sector growth in both developing and developed economies, yet they face unique challenges in integrating sustainability strategies that are critical to long-term business success and resilience. Leaders at all levels of SMEs have a lot on their plate, and often fewer resources than their larger counterparts. They may feel they lack the time, knowledge, capacity or funds to tackle global challenges like the climate crisis or discrimination against minorities. Others simply do not know where to start.

The UN Global Compact invites you to join the Small Business, Big Impact: A Six-Step Journey to Drive Sustainability and Business Growth - a new high-impact, interactive learning journey designed specifically for SMEs.

Through weekly emails and activities, you will join peers in five short, on-demand courses, one live peer exchange session, and a toolkit offered in multiple languages (English, Spanish, Portuguese, French and Arabic) and time zones. Get ready to make progress towards a more sustainable and resilient future — regardless of your region, industry or sector.

Target Audience

Small and medium enterprises (SMEs)

Learning Objectives

  • Receive concrete tools to navigate the business case for SMEs and how to take action on key sustainability topics
  • Connect with some of the most innovative SMEs around the world
  • Exchange ideas and best practices with regional peers, and get support to craft your sustainability story and buy-in from internal and external stakeholders
  • Get exclusive access to live sessions, actionable workbooks, social media assets and an opportunity to share and be recognized virtually for your efforts at the UN High Level Week in September and beyond
  • Gain a certificate of completion from the UN Global Compact Academy