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.

Meet the 2018 SDG Pioneers

The 2018 SDG Pioneers will be recognized during the UN Global Compact Leaders Summit on 24 September at the United Nations Headquarters in New York. Click here to receive a notification when the livestream from the event begins

Questions? See our Frequently Asked Questions or contact sdgpioneers@unglobalcompact.org. Interested in interviewing the 2018 SDG Pioneers? Contact media@unglobalcompact.org to schedule an interview.

Our global campaign

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.

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.