SDG Pioneers

The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) lay out a clear vision for a sustainable future and will shape a new era for business. As part of our Making Global Goals Local Business campaign, each year the UN Global Compact celebrates a group of SDG Pioneers — business leaders who are doing an exceptional job to advance the Global Goals through a principles-based approach.

The search is on for the 2018 SDG Pioneers at the UN Global Compact.

Apply by 15 June 2018

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Our global campaign

In 2016, at the launch of the first class of SDG Pioneers, over 600 submissions were received from 100 countries. The UN Global Compact selected a group of SDG Pioneers from diverse regions of the world who were showcasing how business can be a force for good.

For the 2018 SDG Pioneers campaign, we are calling on individuals who are doing an exceptional job of taking action on sustainable development issues through their own company or by mobilizing other businesses to do so. SDG Pioneers must be actively helping to reach one or more of the Global Goals while also contributing to business success.

A multi-stakeholder External Selection Group comprised of representatives from the public, private and not-for-profit sectors will vote on the short-listed nominees and identify up the next SDG Pioneers.

The SDG Pioneers will be announced and celebrated at the UN Global Compact Leaders Summit on 24 September 2018 in New York. They will receive visibility and recognition throughout the year for their efforts and achievements in advancing the SDGs.

Sustainable Development Goals

The 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and 169 related targets address the most important economic, social, environmental and governance challenges of our time.