Are you the next
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.
In the spirit of giving young people a seat at the table to build a sustainable future, in 2019, the UN Global Compact will focus the search for SDG Pioneers to young professionals aged 35 and under.
Seventeen Global Compact Local Networks are hosting country-level SDG Pioneers programmes this year to seek out young professionals locally who will then compete in a global round. The country-level programmes will take place from February to May 2019
The winner of the Local Round Egypt will be known in early May and will receive the title: “2019 Global Compact Network Egypt SDG Pioneer”.
The 2019 UN Global Compact SDG Pioneers will then be announced and recognized during the 74th Session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA 74) in New York this September.
SDG Pioneers are paving the way to the future we all want
Are you a young professional (35 and under) using business as a force for good to advance the Sustainable Development Goals? Submit your sustainability story for a chance to be a 2019 SDG Pioneer. The Local Submissions open on the 15th February 2019. Global round opens May 2019.
Our Global Campaign
In 2018, over 150 nominations were received from over 50 countries, from which ten finalists were selected by the SDG Pioneers Selection Group, exemplifying how business can be a force for good in addressing the challenges we face as a global society.
An SDG Pioneers Selection Group, comprised of representatives of the Board and Expert Networks of the UN Global Compact, the Global Compact Network Council, academia, UN Private Sector Focal Points and previous SDG Pioneers. The Selection Group voted on the nominees based on a set of criteria, including the individuals’ commitment to embedding the Ten Principles of the UN Global Compact into their companies’ core strategies and advancing the Global Goals, as well as their engagement with the UN Global Compact and its Local Networks.
Launch of Local Rounds
15 FEB - 15 APR
15 APR - 3 MAY
3 MAY - 21 MAY
Country winners announced
21 MAY – 21 JULY
21 JULY – AUG
Review & selection
End of SEP
Announcement & recognition
At the UN Global Compact, the search is on for SDG Pioneers who are making Global Goals local business. It's time to celebrate the individuals and businesses behind sustainability in global and local markets. Are you a business leader advancing sustainable development? If so, we want to hear your story.
At the UN Global Compact, the search is on for SDG Pioneers ― business leaders who are doing an exceptional job of taking action to advance the Global Goals. Do you have a colleague or know someone that you think is doing great work to advance the Sustainable Development Goals?
2019 SDG Pioneers are Young Professionals (35 and under) — working at any level in a company — who are doing an exceptional job of making global goals local business. Through their own company or by mobilizing other businesses, they are helping to reach one or more of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) while also contributing to business success.
In 2019, to align with this year’s Global Impact Initiative to drive the SDGs through youth and innovation, the UN Global Compact SDG Pioneers programme is solely focused on young professionals (35 and under) who are working at a UN Global Compact participating company. As in previous years, the winners will be recognized as SDG Pioneers.
Young Professionals (35 and under) who are working at any level of a UN Global Compact Participant or Signatory company are eligible to apply or be nominated. To check whether an organization is a UN Global Compact Participant or Signatory company, please search the participant list online. If your company has yet to select its engagement tier, please see here for more information and to select your engagement tier.
For the 2019 SDG Pioneers, we only consider companies who have joined the UN Global Compact by 24 September 2018 and have submitted at least 1 Communication on Progress (CoP). If your company joined after the date, please consider applying for the 2020 SDG Pioneers programme.
The UN Global Compact reserves the right to remove the SDG Pioneer recognition if the company and/or individual is later deemed to be a reputational risk to the SDG Pioneer campaign and/or the UN Global Compact initiative.
To align with most young professionals Programmes (JPO, World Bank, international development banks, etc.), the UN Global Compact also adopts the definition of young professionals as 35 and under.
You are only eligible to apply or be nominated if you are either employed by the company (or its subsidiary).
Only individuals from a UN Global Compact Participant or Signatory company will be eligible to apply or be nominated. If your company is not yet participating in the UN Global Compact please visit the UN Global Compact website to learn more about how to join.
You can nominate yourself or a colleague at your company, or someone you know from another UN Global Compact participating company. That individual will then be contacted to ensure their willingness to be considered and the accuracy of the submitted information.
In September 2015, all 193 Member states of the United Nations adopted a plan for achieving a better future for all – laying out a path over the next 15 years to end extreme poverty, fight inequality and injustice, and protect our planet. At the heart of the “Agenda 2030” are 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and 169 related targets that address the most important economic, social, environmental and governance challenges of our time. To learn more about how companies are taking steps to contribute to achieving the SDGs visit the UN Global Compact website.
No, the SDG Pioneers campaign highlights the work of individuals, not organizations.
The nomination deadline is 15 April 2018.
Only nominees from UN Global Compact participating companies are eligible to apply for the SDG Pioneers programme. Click here to see how representatives from non-business can engage with the UN Global Compact.
A multi-stakeholder SDG Pioneers Selection Group will vote on the nominees. The SDG Pioneers Selection Group will be comprised of representatives from: the Global Network Council, UN Agencies, PRME Champions and civil society representatives from the UN Global Compact Board.
SDG Pioneers will be informed of their selection by early May. Due to the volume of nominations received, we may be unable to contact nominees who are not selected.
The SDG Pioneers will be announced and celebrated in May. The SDG Pioneers will receive visibility and be recognized for the great work that they have done to advance the Sustainable Development Goals.
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