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The Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology (SIOP) United Nations team seeks to bring work, worker & employment-related theory, research and practice to help advance the goals of the United Nations.

Invitation to Contribute Content to SIOP's UN Sustainable Development Goals Tool

SIOP, in its role as an NGO with special consultative status to the UN Economic and Social Council, is inviting psychologists to provide insights relevant to the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

This tool has been primarily developed for use by I-O psychologists, but may be used to collect information across all branches of psychology. You can participate by offering your thoughts and knowledge on different areas of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals using this tool.

Please go to this link to enter into our database the names of individuals, projects, or papers of which you are aware that link psychological knowledge to the Sustainable Development Goals. Please contribute whatever information you have--complete or not. The information collected will assist the SIOP UN Committee and partners providing consultation to the United Nations as it pertains to the Sustainable Development Goals.

For more information on the SDGs,click HERE.

For a video explanation of this tool, click HERE.

SIOP UN Committee’s Role

Educate, advocate, and make direct contributions to the programs and goals of the United Nations Economic and Social Counsel (ECOSOC)

Strategic Goals

  1. Generate high quality solutions to address humanitarian and development issues within the United Nations ECOSOC and UN agencies

    1. Deliver solutions that improve the well-being of individuals, teams, leaders and organizations
    2. Understand UN priorities that intersect with I-O expertise by attending relevant UN meetings/briefings and aligning, where appropriate, with other NGOs.
    3. Serve as educators/trainers in the proper application of I-O science
    4. Form multi-stakeholder partnerships with various UN agencies to identify potential projects for SIOP members aimed at applying IO knowledge to help UN agencies meet their strategic goals.
    5. Be ready and able to respond to calls for our relevant experience and skillsets
  2. Set up organized infrastructure for facilitating pro-bono projects for UN organizations, agencies, and related groups to be carried out by SIOP members

    1. Effectively manage and ensure alignment between key stakeholders and I-O researcher/practitioner teams
    2. Serve as advisors on key human resource initiatives
  3. Campaign for awareness and progression of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals
  4. Represent SIOP within the Psychology Coalition of NGOs  Accredited at the UN (PCUN), a coalition of psychology associations working together on UN efforts, focused building recognition for the value of psychological sciences for issues addressed by the UN
  5. Continue to partner with the UN Global Compact in identifying ways in which SIOP can promote the UN Global Compact (UNGC) 10 Principles surrounding human rights, labor, environmental sustainability, and anti-corruption in organizations.

SIOP-UN Committee

Committee Members

Julie Olson-Buchanan (Chair)
Mathian Osicki
Lise Saari
Nabila Sheikh
John Scott 

Outgoing Members

Lori Foster
Deborah Rupp

Honorary Committee Members

Mary O’Neill Berry
Walter Reichman

Partner Associations

Psychology Coalition of NGOs Accredited at the United Nations (PCUN)

International Association of Applied Psychology

Global Organisation for Humanitarian Work Psychology


Aimee Lace
Drew Mallory

Dan Maday

Past Interns

Amanda Ledner


The Corporate Social Responsibilty and Humanitarian/Pro-Social I-O Psychology Registry

United Nations Global Compact

2016 Communication on Engagement

Global Compact Application Toolkit for I-O Graduate Programs

Global Compact Application Toolkit for Organizations

TIP Article: Attention All I-O Programs: It's Time to Join the United Nations Global Compact

TIP Article: SIOP Has Joined the UN Global Compact and So Can You!

I-O Psychology and the UN Sustainable Development Goals

See our video here.

Also see a recent article in TIP on how I-O psychology should respond to the SDGs.

An overview of accomplishments and remaining challenges from the last set of goals, the Millennium Development Goals (MDG), is included here.

UN Women

SIOP Statements to the UN

SIOP Statement to the UN Economic and Social Council on Living Wages (55th Session of the Commission for Social Development)

The Aging Workforce

Humanitarian Work Psychology: Concepts to Contributions (SIOP White Paper series, April 2013)

Current Partnerships

United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF)

United Nations Development Program (UNDP)

United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO)

United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women)

Currently Pursuing/Seeking Partnerships with:

International Labour Organization (ILO)

United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)

United States Agency for International Development (USAID)


"Initiatives for Women and the SIOP UN Committee" [The Industrial-Organizational Psychologist, April 2017, Volume 55, Number 4]

"I-O Psychology on the World Stage" [SIOP website article, February 22, 2017]

News From the SIOP-United Nations Committee: Congratulations to George Mason I-O for Becoming a United Nations Global Compact Participant! [The Industrial-Organizational Psychologist, January, 2017, Volume 54, Number 3]

"SIOP’s Advocacy for Corporate Social Responsibility, Humanitarian Work Psychology, and Sustainable Development Continues: The SIOP CSR Summit"
[The Industrial-Organizational Psychologist, October, 2016, Volume 54, Number 2]

"United Nations Policy Brief – Decent Work for All: Leveraging Big Data for a Human-Centered Approach to Sustainable Development"
[The Industrial-Organizational Psychologist, April, 2016, Volume 53, Number 4]

"Unleashing Human Potential Through The Science of Work"
[The Industrial-Organizational Psychologist, January, 2016, Volume 53, Number 3]

“The world sets new goals: How should I-O psychology respond?”
[The Industrial-Organizational Psychologist, October, 2015, Volume 53, Number 2] See Table 1.

“News From the SIOP-United Nations Team: Exploring Work Experiences of Informal Workers and Promoting Decent Work for All”
[The Industrial-Organizational Psychologist, July 2015, Volume 53, Number 1]

“Attention All I-O Programs: It’s Time to Join the United Nations Global Compact!”
[The Industrial-Organizational Psychologist, April 2015, Volume 52, Number 4]

The Development of Skills Internationally: A Question of Qualifications”
[The Industrial-Organizational Psychologist, January 2015, Volume 52, Number 3]

Setting Global Human Development Goals: The Role for Industrial-Organizational Psychology”
[The Industrial-Organizational Psychologist, October 2014, Volume 52, Number 2]

“News From the SIOP-United Nations Team”
[The Industrial-Organizational Psychologist, July 2014, Volume 52, Number 1]

“News From the SIOP United Nations Team”
[The Industrial-Organizational Psychologist, April 2014, Volume 51, Issue 4]

“News From the SIOP-United Nations Team”
[The Industrial-Organizational Psychologist, January 2014, Volume 51, Issue 3]

“News From the SIOP–United Nations Team: SIOP Has Joined the UN Global Compact and So Can You!”
[The Industrial-Organizational Psychologist, April 2013, Volume 50, Number 4]

“News From the SIOP-United Nations Team”
[The Industrial-Organizational Psychologist, October 2013, Volume 51, Issue 2]

“SIOP and the United Nations”
[The Industrial-Organizational Psychologist, October 2012, Volume 50, Number 2]

“SIOP Granted NGO Consultative Status With the United Nations”
[The Industrial-Organizational Psychologist, October 2011, Volume 49, Number 2]

“The United Nations Global Compact Needs I-O Psychology Participation”
[The Industrial-Organizational Psychologist, April 2008, Volume 45, Number 4]