Tech Startup SDG Assessment Launches for Sustainability Credibility

West Sussex-based startup targets small businesses with sustainability and ESG reporting.

SDG Assessment has powered up in West Sussex to offer sustainability and ESG reporting for small businesses.

Littlehampton-based SDG Assessment has big ambitions in the popular world of greentech.

Its name is a clear indicator of its focus and the tech firm explains that sustainable development goals (SDGs) will “help a business reduce sustainability/ESG risk”.

SDGs are a United Nations policy initiative established in 2015 designed to provide 17 goals and 169 associated targets aimed at ending poverty, protecting the planet and “ensuring prosperity for all”.

In terms of SDG Assessment, it will offer a web-based and mobile app. For instance, this can help small businesses to measure and reduce business carbon footprint, and demonstrate compliance and commitment to sustainability.

The startup is the creation of Dr Lowellyne James, Sian Young and Talal Baloch (CTO).

Dr James and Young are also director and CEO, respectively, at the Centre for Sustainable Action. This Herefordshire-based non-profit organisation assists entrepreneurs and businesses with the development of products and services that are “inherently sustainable”.

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Many other UK tech startups have sensed an opportunity in this field. In a variety of other scoops, eWeek UK discovered ReforestPay’s tree-loving launch; carbon insurer Kita; sustainability data platform Supernova; and Expect’s decarbonisation management platform.

In addition, late last month, neobank Numont arrived on the UK’s fintech scene with a resourceful approach to provide financial services for businesses and individuals.

Numont made a pledge to climate action group TechZero to be carbon neutral by 2028. For every Boost and Flex customer that downloads its app and opens a Numont banking account later this year, the startup will plant a tree.

SDG Assessment has its own aspirations of course, and to get things rolling offers users the option to download a sustainability/ESG report and ‘Certificate of Recognition’ at the introductory price of $37 (£29).

It seems to be making progress, as two days ago the startup revealed it was one of the semi-finalists at the QBE AcceliCITY Resilience Challenge in the US. The competition is designed to “build more resilient and risk-averse cities” via managing and responding to an environment of physical, economic and social risk.

Antony Peyton
Antony Peyton
Antony Peyton is the Editor of eWeek UK. He has 18 years' journalism and writing experience. His career has taken him to China, Japan and the UK - covering tech, fintech and business. Follow on Twitter @TonyFintech.

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