In 2016, at the launch of the first class of SDG Pioneers, over 600 submissions were received from 100 countries. The UN Global Compact selected five SDG Pioneers from diverse regions of the world who were showcasing how business can be a force for good.
For the 2017 SDG Pioneers campaign, we are calling on individuals who are doing an exceptional job of taking action on sustainable development issues through their own company or by mobilizing other businesses to do so. SDG Pioneers must be actively helping to reach one or more of the Global Goals while also contributing to business success.
A multi-stakeholder External Selection Group comprised of representatives from the public, private and not-for-profit sectors will vote on the short-listed nominees and identify up to five SDG Pioneers.
The SDG Pioneers will be announced and celebrated at the UN Global Compact Leaders Summit on 21 September 2017 in New York. They will receive visibility and recognition throughout the year for their efforts and achievements in advancing the SDGs.