SDG Pioneers

The Sustainable Development Goals lay out a clear vision for a sustainable future, representing an opportunity to shape a new era for responsible business. Each year the United Nations Global Compact celebrates a group of SDG Pioneers — business leaders who are doing an exceptional job to advance the Global Goals through the implementation of our Ten Principles on human rights, labour, environment and anti-corruption. In our search for the 2022 cohort of SDG Pioneers, we encourage professionals working at any level of a UN Global Compact participating company who are leveraging a principles-based approach to set ambitious, scalable and impactful SDG targets to apply.

National SDG Pioneers submission period opens 1 December 2021. 

As part of the UN Global Compact SDG Pioneers programme, Global Compact Local Networks spanning all continents will launch on 1 December 2021 a national search for professionals who are committed to achieving the Global Goals. Selected national-level Pioneers will be locally recognized and advance to the global round which will open on 14 January 2022 (more information on the global round is available below).

Employees of companies participating in the UN Global Compact are welcome to submit their own stories describing their contributions towards sustainable development or nominate a colleague for consideration in the SDG Pioneers programme.

Interested candidates from companies headquartered in any of the countries listed below must submit their applications through the respective Local Network before the global round opens. Company representatives from countries not listed below can apply through the global round once launched.

Croatia DRC Georgia
Ukraine Brazil Lebanon
China India Bangladesh
Italy Turkey Belarus
Canada USA Kenya
Netherlands South Africa Pakistan
UK Uruguay Bulgaria

Questions? Until the opening of the global round on 14 January 2022, please address questions regarding national-level SDG Pioneer selections directly to the relevant Local Networks listed above. Additional information is available in the Frequently Asked Questions here.


Announcing the Global Compact Local Network 2020 SDG Pioneers

Sixteen Global Compact Local Networks hosted country-level SDG Pioneer campaigns in 2020 to seek out professionals, who will now compete in the global round of the 2021 UN Global Compact SDG Pioneers campaign. The winners of the country-level campaigns automatically participate in the global round representing their respective country.

Click here to view the winners from the local round.

Sustainable Development Goals

The 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and 169 related targets represent a bold new path to end extreme poverty and hunger, fight inequalities and address climate change by 2030 — ensuring that no one is left behind.