1963-2018 - 55 years of Research for Social Change

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Publications


UNRISD pursues an active and varied publications programme, which includes in-house and commercially published books, special reports, programme and occasional papers, as well as newsletters on specific events and the Institute’s work in general.

This section provides a catalogue of our publications, and free online access to many of them. We encourage you to subscribe to our free email alerts service to be informed when new publications are posted on this Web site.

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Measuring and Reporting Sustainability Performance: Are Corporations and SSE Organizations Meeting the SDG Challenge?

October 2019

Measuring and Reporting Sustainability Performance: Are Corporations and SSE Organizations Meeting the SDG Challenge?

Author: Matteo Tarasco, Ilcheong Yi, Peter Utting, Martina Piras

Sustainability measurement and reporting have become more effective over recent decades, with new standard-setting initiatives and revision of existing tools and models. However, the 21st century brings with it a new set of conditions and challenges—are current measurement and reporting models adequate to address them? This is the report of an international conference convened by UNRISD at the United Nations Office at Geneva on 3-4 June 2019, bringing together stakeholders from the many different fields concerned.

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Sustainable Development Impact Indicators for Social and Solidarity Economy: State of the Art

October 2019

Sustainable Development Impact Indicators for Social and Solidarity Economy: State of the Art

Author: Gabriel Salathé-Beaulieu, Marie J. Bouchard, Marguerite Mendell

The last decade has seen a growing interest in the measurement of the impact and performance of social and solidarity economy (SSE) organizations. This has been fuelled, among other things, by the rapid growth of the importance given to social enterprise, social entrepreneurship and impact investing in recent years. This paper, commissioned by the United Nations Research Institute for Social Development (UNRISD) as part of its Sustainable Development Performance Indicators project, attempts to review the methodologies, metrics and indicators implemented in the SSE today.

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UNTFSSE International Conference: Implementing the Sustainable Development Goals: What Role for Social and Solidarity Economy?

October 2019

UNTFSSE International Conference: Implementing the Sustainable Development Goals: What Role for Social and Solidarity Economy?

On 25-26 June 2019, the United Nations Inter-Agency Task Force on Social and Solidarity Economy (UNTFSSE) convened a conference in Geneva on Implementing the Sustainable Development Goals: What Role for Social and Solidarity Economy? The main objectives of the conference were to understand SSE development in different regions and territories, examine the role of SSE as a means of implementation for the SDGs in diverse local contexts, and identify robust methodologies and innovative solutions for measuring SSE and its impacts.

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Compared to What? A Three-Tiered Typology of Sustainable Development Performance Indicators From Incremental to Contextual to Transformational

October 2019

Compared to What? A Three-Tiered Typology of Sustainable Development Performance Indicators From Incremental to Contextual to Transformational

Author: Bill Baue

Compared to what? That’s the key question this report asks, when it comes to assessing sustainable development performance. So-called sustainable development indicators abound, but do they actually do what they purport to do? Not really, argues Bill Baue in this report: almost no current sustainable development indicators, that is, actually indicate sustainable development.

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Inequality and the 1%: Is a Transformative Fiscal Policy Possible?

September 2019

Inequality and the 1%: Is a Transformative Fiscal Policy Possible?

Author: Maggie Carter

Tackling inequality requires more than raising people out of poverty; it depends on progressive and substantial shifts in fiscal policy, an essential equality-enhancing instrument with the potential to do three things: (1) raise necessary revenues for public spending which tackles vertical and horizontal inequalities; (2) stem market incentives for accumulation of income and wealth at the top; and (3) forge a credible fiscal compact between citizens and the state. But how can such progressive policies be implemented while those in power benefit from the status quo?

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