UN Global Compact 2018 call for Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) Pioneers

Application Deadline: 15 June 2018

The search is on for the 2018 SDG Pioneers at the UN Global Compact.

The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) lay out a clear vision for a sustainable future and will 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 a principles-based approach.


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 a group of SDG Pioneers from diverse regions of the world who were showcasing how business can be a force for good.For the 2018 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 the next SDG Pioneers.

The SDG Pioneers will be announced and celebrated at the UN Global Compact Leaders Summit on 24 September 2018 in New York. They will receive visibility and recognition throughout the year for their efforts and achievements in advancing the SDGs.


  • Individuals who are working at any level of a UN Global Compact Participant or Signatory company are eligible to apply or be nominated. To check whether an organization is a UN Global Compact Participant or Signatory company, please search the participant list online. If your company has yet to select its engagement tier, please see here for more information and to select your engagement tier.

Who can submit a nomination?

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

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 Global Network Council, UN Agencies, PRME Champions and civil society representatives from the UN Global Compact Board.


For More Information:

Visit the Official Webpage of the 2018 call for Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) Pioneers


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