NEW: Updated Sector/Impact Map is out now!

Building on over three years of experimentation and usage by a growing community of practice both within and beyond UNEP FI’s membership the Impact Radar has been revised for even better impact analysis and management. The mappings are gradually being updated accordingly.

Updated Sector/Impact Map (July 2022)

In order to perform impact management, it is necessary to understand two things; on the one hand what the status of ‘needs’ is vis a vis different topics (impact areas), and on the other hand, how one’s activities and/or assets may be positively and/or negatively associated with the different impact areas.

The Impact Mappings build on the Impact Radar to make it operational. The Sector Mappings chart the economic sectors and activities of the International Standard Industrial Classification (ISIC) to the different impact areas of the Impact Radar, while the Needs Mappings consider the status of needs vis a vis the impact areas.

The impact mappings were produced as part of the UNEP FI Tools for holistic impact analysis, in which they are embedded. However, they can also be used independently as input to other processes, methodologies and tools.

The mappings are based on internationally recognized standards and research and have benefitted from early trialing and refinement as part of the on-going development process of the UNEP FI Impact Analysis Tools. An open and on-going review process is intended to ensure that the mappings are of maximum accuracy and hence value to all users.

Download the Sector Mappings

  The Sector Mappings are a set of resources which consider the positive and negative impacts of business sectors and activities on the three pillars of sustainable development, as per the impact areas of the UNEP FI Impact Radar. They include:

  • The Sector Impact Map: a mapping of positive and negative associations between sectors (as per ISIC+)* and the impact areas.
  • A Key Sectors Map: a mapping of sectors that are key to different impact areas.
  • Sector Lists & Correspondences: the list of sectors and activities contained in the ISIC+, NACE, NAICS and ANZSIC industry classifications and correspondence tables between these classifications.
  • * ISIC+ is the ISIC Rev4 list with a number of additions made by over time by successive UNEP FI Impact Analysis Working Groups.
  The Needs Mappings provide a collection of resources tracking relevant topics and indicators at global and country level for the different impact areas (as per the UNEP FI Impact Radar), as well as a scoring scale to determine and compare the levels of need across different topics. They also include needs data and scores for a number of countries based on the work of users of the UNEP FI Impact Analysis Tools to-date.

Download the  Needs Mappings

  The resources contained in the Mappings were compiled by the UNEP FI Secretariat and the members of successive Impact Analysis Working Groups over time, based on their ability to capture the different impact areas, the credibility of the source organisation, their scope, their on-going availability.

Frequently Asked Questions


1. How are the mappings in the Sector-Impact map put together?

The sector-impact map is built on resources such as the Environmental Health and Safety Guidelines of the International Finance Corporation, UNEP FI’s Risk Briefings, as well as thematic resources such as ENCORE. The mappings have also benefitted from the reviews of several specialist organizations (see acknowledgements, such as OECD, Shift & Ellen MacArthur Foundation).

2. Which sector classification is used in the sector-impact mappings?

The sector mappings are based on the UN International Standard Industrial Classification of All Economic Activities (ISIC). ISIC forms the basis from which national industry classification codes have been derived. Correspondence tables between ISIC and most national industry classification codes are available. An automated code converter between ISIC, NACE, NAICS and ANZSIC has been developed by the Frankfurt School of Management and can be accessed here.

3. What defines a ‘key sector’ within the sector-impact mappings?

Key sectors are denoted with a “2” within the mappings, meaning that the sector is key in driving (key positive) or undermining (key negative) a specific impact area/topic. As an example, the mining sector is a key negative sector for climate emissions, therefore has a “2” under climate stability.

4. Are the sector-impact mappings built for the use case?

The sector-impact mappings are built as a resource for all use cases, no matter if they are for use by corporates, banks and investors. They are a reflection of the commonly associated impacts for each sector under ISIC therefore transferable between different users.



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