Are you one of the 2021 SDG Pioneers?

The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) lay out a clear vision for a sustainable future and 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 the implementation of our Ten Principles on human rights, labour, environment and anti-corruption.

In our search for the 2021 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.

SDG Pioneers are paving the way to the future we all want

Are you a business leader advancing sustainable development? Submit your sustainability story to be considered as a 2021 SDG Pioneer! You can also nominate others!

The global round opened on 11 January 2021. The nomination deadline is 15 March 2021.

The 2021 UN Global Compact SDG Pioneers will be announced and celebrated in June 2021 at the Leaders Summit in New York.

Questions? See our Frequently Asked Questions or contact sdgpioneers@unglobalcompact.org.

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.