RELX Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) Resource Centre

‘What we do impacts the world. Our products and services shed light on some of the most pressing global issues.  The RELX SDG Resource Centre will aid researchers and the public by giving them access to critical content that informs understanding about the SDGs.’ Erik Engstrom, CEO, RELX

What are the SDGs?

The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) set out the UN agenda for people, planet and prosperity through 2030. The SDGs were adopted by 193 states at the United Nations in September 2015. The 17 goals and 169 targets aim to stimulate action in areas of critical importance to humanity and the environment. RELX is a dedicated signatory of the UN Global Compact which uses the SDGs to chart business participation in achieving these aims.

The goal of the RELX SDG Resource Centre

The SDG Resource Centre showcases the latest in science, law, business, events and more that can help drive forward the SDGs, drawing on content from across the whole of our company and from key partners as well. The aim is to support the UN in implementing the SDGs and to broaden awareness and understanding of the SDGS for our customers, governments, researchers, companies, NGOs and individuals.

What can RELX contribute?

There is strategic alignment with the SDGs across RELX.  We focus on our unique contributions as a business – making a positive impact through our knowledge, resources and skills – including universal, sustainable access to information, advance of science and health, protection of society, promotion of the rule of law and justice and fostering communities.  

For example:

  • Elsevier plays an important role in advancing human welfare and economic progress through its science and health information. Reports, such as Sustainability Science in a Global Landscape (which explores the state of science underpinning the SDGs), launched with the release of the SDGs
  • LexisNexis Legal & Professional advances the rule of law throughout the world and the rule of law underpins all the SDGs.  For example, LexisNexis Legal & Professional products and services strengthen SDG 16 focused on peace and justice.  See, for example, the Rule of Impact Tracker developed with the World Justice Project.  At the 2016 UN General Assembly,  we provided the singular private sector view on how business can support the rule of law during a high-level panel on the Global Alliance for Reporting Progress on Peaceful, Just and Inclusive Societies
  • Risk & Business Analytics open source HPCC systems technology helps protect society, for example by using big data to detect and prevent fraud for governments and a range of business sectors.  And its information for professional communities delivers industry solutions: for example, Proagrica, harness data and analytics to improve agricultural yields and ensure sustainable land use.
  • Reed Exhibitions’ events foster communities and improve the efficiency of markets.  They provide platforms for supporting the SDGs, among them, World Future Energy Summit focused on affordable and clean energy and World Travel Market dedicated to sustainable tourism.

As a multinational business and signatory of the UN Global Compact, RELX has a role to play in advancing the SDGs. In the words of Richard Horton, editor of one of our flagship publications, The Lancet: ‘We have the content, we have the international reach. We have the ambition, we have the people, and we have an incredible capacity to innovate. We can use all of that to advocate for better policies and better action to reach these goals.’  The aim of the SDG Resource Centre is to do just that.

Content on the SDG Resource Centre and how to access it

The content on the SDG Resource Centre includes articles, reports, legal practical guidance, tools, webinars and videos and events, categorised by SDG and tagged with relevant topics and region. You can explore by SDG or content type (articles, reports etc) and search all of the content using the search form. You can also follow a topic by using the tags that will appear as you click through the site.

SDG News Tracker 

The SDG News Tracker shows up to the minute news – and over the last 30 days – about the SDGs from around the world.  Find it on the homepage.  The size of bars indicates each SDG’s ‘share of voice’ for a given week.  It searches over millions of articles published daily across 77,000 news sources, in the six UN languages (Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Spanish and Russian) as well as  German.  You can also search for SDG news by geography (region, country and state/province) using our mapping function: access the Global Map on each SDG main page.  The SDG news tracker is built and maintained using LexisNexis Newsdesk®.

Communicate on the SDGs with the world on Mendeley

The SDG Resource Centre aims to foster rich discussion about SDG solutions through Mendeley. There is a discussion group for each SDG and all are welcome to join.  Engage with those working in your field, make new connections, stay up to date with cutting edge research, share your insights, and help find the answers to the challenges which SDGs address.

Mendeley is a tool for reference management and an online platform with social networking features which supports dialogue and understanding. It is a free service and open to everyone.  To join Mendeley groups, sign up at www.mendeley.com and create a Mendeley profile. Once you are logged in, you can access the groups you are interested in by clicking on the ‘Join the discussion’ button on the left-hand side of each SDG page. We’ve created five SDG discussion groups; one for each of the SDG key themes: Peace (SDGs 1, 2, 10 and 16); People (SDGs 3, 4 and 5); Prosperity (SDGs 6, 7, 8, 9, 11 and 12); Planet (SDGs 13, 14 and 15); and Partnership (SDG 17).


​‘Our vision is to use our unique contributions to society to advance the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), 17 goals for people and the planet to be realised over the next decade and beyond. A tangible example is the SDG Resource Centre, with content curated from across RELX and key partners, for the benefit of all.’  Erik Engstrom, CEO, RELX


We'd like to hear from you

Email sdgrc@relx.com with your thoughts on the RELX SDG Resource Centre.

About RELX


RELX is a global provider of information and analytics for professional and business customers across industries. The company serves customers in more than 180 countries and has offices in about 40 countries. It employs approximately 30,000 people of whom almost half are in North America. 
We help scientists make new discoveries, lawyers win cases, doctors save lives and insurance companies offer customers lower prices. We save taxpayers and consumers money by preventing fraud and help executives forge commercial relationships with their clients. In short, we enable our customers to make better decisions, get better results and be more productive. 

Scientific, Technical & Medical

Scientific, Technical & Medical provides information and analytics that help institutions and professionals progress science, advance healthcare and improve performance.
We help researchers make new discoveries, collaborate with their colleagues, and give them the knowledge they need to find funding. We help governments and universities evaluate and improve their research strategies. We help doctors save lives, providing insight for physicians to find the right clinical answers, and we support nurses and other healthcare professionals throughout their careers. Our goal is to expand the boundaries of knowledge for the benefit of humanity

Risk & Business Analytics

Risk & Business Analytics provides customers with solutions and decision tools that combine public and industry-specific content with advanced technology and analytics to assist them in evaluating and predicting risk and enhancing operational efficiency.  
We help US auto insurance companies with better risk assessment so they can offer their customers lower prices and enable healthcare providers to keep down medical costs. We make the world a safer place from criminals, rescue missing children and help save the lives of police officers. We prevent fraudsters from exploiting stolen identifies and give banks the data and tools to help combat money laundering. We enable millions of disadvantaged people to obtain credit, often for the first time. We help farmers with their efforts in precision agriculture and airlines to improve their operations and services for passengers. 


Legal is a leading global provider of legal, regulatory and business information and analytics that help professional customers make more informed decisions, increase productivity and serve their clients better.
We help lawyers win cases for their clients, manage their work more efficiently, and grow their practices. We assist corporations to better understand their markets and prevent bribery and corruption within their supply chains. We aid universities in their efforts to help students become successful legal professionals, and we support governments and courts by making laws accessible and strengthening legal infrastructures. We help collect evidence against war criminals and provide tools to combat human trafficking. We endeavour to advance the rule of law across the world. 


Exhibitions is the world’s leading events business, enhancing the power of face to face through data and digital tools at over 500 events, in more than 30 countries, attracting more than 7m participants.
We help match customers with the right solution. Our events enable customers to learn about a market, source products and complete transactions, generating billions of dollars of revenues for the economic development of local markets and national economies around the world.