UN Global Compact 2017 SDG Pioneers

New York, United States of America

(New York, 22 September 2017) — The United Nations Global Compact recognized 10 SDG Pioneers – individuals from around the world who are championing sustainability through their own companies and mobilizing the broader business community to take action in pursuit of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals(SDGs). Six SDG Pioneers were recognized on stage during the UN Global Compact Leaders Summit 2017 on 21 September at the New York Hilton Midtown.

The UN Global Compact received hundreds of nominations for the 2017 SDG Pioneers submissions, from which 10 finalists were selected by a Pioneers Selection Group, comprised of experts from the UN, academia, civil society and the private sector.

The 2017 SDG Pioneers are:
  • Charles Immanuel Akhimien, Co-founder, MOBicure Integrated Solutions (Nigeria)
  • Gustavo Perez Berlanga, CSR Senior VP, Restaurante Toks SA de CV (Mexico)
  • Tania Conte Cosentino, President, Schneider Electric Brasil Ltda (Brazil)
  • Teresa Jennings, Head of Rule of Law Development, LexisNexis/RELX Group Plc (U.S.A.)
  • Sonia Bashir Kabir, Managing Director, Microsoft (Bangladesh)
  • Arthur Kay, Founder and Chairman, bio-bean (United Kingdom)
  • Patrick Pouyanné, CEO, Total (France)
  • Kaan Terzioglu, CEO, Turkcell Iletisim Hizmetleri A.S. (Turkey)
  • Joseph Thompson, Co-founder and CEO, AID:Tech (United Kingdom)
  • Jaime Augusto Zobel de Ayala, Chairman and CEO, Ayala Corporation (Philippines)

Detailed biographies can be found here.