2023 SDG Pioneers

As part of the UN Global Compact’s Making Global Goals Local Business campaign, each year the UN Global Compact recognizes a class of SDG Pioneers — business leaders working at any level of their company who are using business as a force for good to advance the 17 SDGs. Through their own company or by mobilizing other businesses, they are helping to reach one or more of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) while also contributing to business success.

 In 2023 Local Networks including, spanning all continents will be hosting country-level SDG Pioneers campaign to identify business leaders who will then be contenders for the global round to be recognized at the UN General Assembly in September 2023.

National Rounds SDG Pioneers submission is now open

As part of the UN Global Compact SDG Pioneers programme, Global Compact Local Networks spanning all continents launched a national search for professionals who are committed to achieving the Global Goals.

Interested candidates from companies headquartered in any of the countries listed below must submit their applications through the respective Local Network.

Bangladesh Georgia Lebanon
Brazil India Netherlands
South Africa
Canada Italy
France Kenya USA

Questions? For companies participating in the Local Round from the countries listed above, please address questions regarding national-level SDG Pioneer selections including on the local application deadline directly to the relevant Local Networks. Additional information is available in the Frequently Asked Questions here.

Global Rounds SDG Pioneers submission is now open

Selected national-level Pioneers will be locally recognized and advance directly to the global round. Only company representatives from countries not listed above can apply through the Global Round. 

Individuals working at 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

The 2023 UN Global Compact SDG Pioneers will be announced and celebrated in September 2023.

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

Announcing the Global Compact Local Network 2022 SDG Pioneers

Seventeen Global Compact Local Networks are hosting country-level SDG Pioneer campaigns in 2021-2022 to seek out professionals, who will compete in the global round of the 2022 UN Global Compact SDG Pioneers campaign. The winners of the country-level campaigns automatically participate in the global round representing their respective country. All Local Rounds winners will be announced on the website.

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.