Frequently Asked Questions


Who are the SDG Pioneers?

SDG Pioneers are individuals – working at any level in a company – 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. They are helping to reach one or more of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) while also contributing to business success.

Who is eligible?

Individuals who are working at any level of a UN Global Compact signatory company are eligible to apply or to be nominated. To check whether an organization is a UN Global Compact participant, please search the participant list online.

What if I am affiliated with but not directly employed by a UN Global Compact signatory?

You are eligible to apply or be nominated if you are either employed by the company (or its subsidiary) or serve on its board.

My company does not yet participate in the UN Global Compact. Can I still apply?

Yes! As long as your company applies to join the UN Global Compact before 2 June, you are invited to nominate yourself or a colleague to be an SDG Pioneer. Visit the UN Global Compact website to learn more about how to join.

Who can submit a nomination?

You can nominate yourself, a colleague at your company or someone you know from another UN Global Compact participating company. Nominated individuals will be contacted to ensure their willingness to be considered and the accuracy of the submitted information.

What are the “SDGs”?

In September 2015, all 193 Member states of the United Nations adopted a plan for achieving a better future for all -- laying out a path over the next 15 years to end extreme poverty, fight inequality and injustice, and protect our planet. At the heart of the “Agenda 2030” are 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and 169 related targets that address the most important economic, social, environmental and governance challenges of our time. To learn more about how companies are taking steps to contribute to achieving the SDGs visit the UN Global Compact website.

How do I nominate myself / someone who I think is doing great work?

Submission period for 2017 SDG Pioneers has ended.

My organization is doing great work. Can it be nominated?

No, the SDG Pioneers campaign highlights the work of individuals, not organizations.

What is the nomination deadline?

The nomination deadline is 2 June 2017.

Selection Process

How will the SDG Pioneers be selected?

A multi-stakeholder SDG Pioneers Selection Group will vote on the nominees. The SDG Pioneers Selection Group will be comprised of representatives from the Local Network Advisory Group, UN Agencies, PRME Champions and civil society representatives from the UN Global Compact Board.

How and when will I be notified if I am selected?

Selected SDG Pioneers will be informed by mid-July. Due to the volume of nominations received, we may be unable to contact nominees who are not selected.


How many SDG Pioneers will be recognized?

We will select up ten SDG Pioneers.

How will the SDG Pioneers be recognized? What will I receive if selected?

The SDG Pioneers will be announced and celebrated at the Leaders Summit on 21 September 2017 in New York. The SDG Pioneers will receive visibility and recognition throughout the year for their efforts and achievements in advancing the SDGs.

What obligations do SDG Pioneers have if selected?

We hope that all SDG Pioneers will be able to join us in New York for the Leaders Summit on 21 September 2017. There are no other formal obligations, but we hope that SDG Pioneers will continue to support and advocate for the SDGs.