Applications open for the United Nations Global Compact SDG Pioneers Programme.

Applications are now being accepted for the 2024 United Nations Global Compact SDG Pioneers Programme. Each year, the UN Global Compact recognizes the outstanding efforts of business professionals who are making a positive impact by advancing the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and embodying the Ten Principles of the UN Global Compact. These individuals, known as SDG Pioneers, play a vital role in inspiring action and demonstrating the potential of businesses to create a sustainable future for everyone.

In 2024, the UN Global Compact is excited to embark on another journey to identify twelve SDG Pioneers from participating companies. These pioneers, regardless of their position, are setting ambitious targets for the SDGs, expanding their influence, and promoting a principles-based approach within their organizations. Through a rigorous selection process that includes both Local and Global Rounds, we will honor individuals who exemplify dedication, innovation, and leadership in advancing the SDGs.

Eligibility Requirements for the United Nations Global Compact SDG Pioneers Programme

  • To be eligible, applicants must come from UN Global Compact participating companies with an “Active” status.
  • Companies must have joined the UN Global Compact before October 1, 2023.
  • To maintain Active status, companies must submit their Communication on Progress (CoP) within the reporting timeframe of April 1 to July 31. Subsidiaries can participate if their parent company fulfills this obligation.
  • To ensure a smooth Pioneers application process, companies are strongly encouraged to submit their CoP by June 1, 2024.
  • Failure to report by July 31 will result in disqualification of a Pioneers application.
  • Any change in CoP status after being recognized as a Local and/or Global SDG Pioneer may lead to the loss of consideration for the global SDG Pioneer title.

Timelines: United Nations Global Compact SDG Pioneers Programme

  • Campaign Launch: April 3, 2024
  • Submission Period: April 3, 2024 – May 17, 2024
  • Local SDG Pioneers Announcement: July 1, 2024
  • Global Round Review and Selection: May 17, 2024 – August 2024
  • Announcement of Global Winners and Recognition at the 2024 Leaders Summit.

Application for the United Nations Global Compact SDG Pioneers Programme

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