Meet the 2016

Local SDG Pioneers

Giving local leaders a global stage to inspire transformational action on the SDGs.

The 2016 Local SDG Pioneers will be announced on 22 June at the UN Global Compact Leaders Summit.

Local SDG Pioneers

The SDGs lay out a clear vision for a sustainable future, and will shape a new era for business. The UN Global Compact is taking the lead on turning these goals into drivers for sustainable business to unlock economic, social and environmental gains for the world.

To create momentum, we need Local SDG Pioneers to pave the way. That’s why we look for the best business leaders and change-makers in every region of the world who are already demonstrating how business can be a force for good.

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Our global campaign

We have two submissions criteria which will help identify individuals who are acting on the new SDG business opportunities. The first category will identify the best local business leaders and the second will identify the best local change-makers. A Pioneers Selection Group of leading experts from the public, private and not-for-profit sectors cast their votes based on a set of criteria, and identify finalists.

The Pioneers with the most votes will receive special recognition at the UN Global Compact Leaders Summit, 22-23 June 2016, and will enter into a year-long programme with the UN Global Compact to further develop the Pioneers’ global potential and support their ambitions. Any person with an official affiliation to an active UN Global Compact participant organization (both private sector and civil society), or PRME school can be nominated as a Local SDG Pioneer.

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.