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 making global goals local business. 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.

Who is eligible?

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.

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

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

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

Only individuals from a UN Global Compact Participant or Signatory company will be eligible to apply or be nominated. If your company is not yet participating in the UN Global Compact please visit the UN Global Compact website to learn more about how to join.

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.

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?

Please complete the online submission form, which is available here. To nominate someone, click here.

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 15 June 2018.

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 Global Network Council, 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?

SDG Pioneers will be informed of their selection by early August. Due to the volume of nominations received, we may be unable to contact nominees who are not selected.


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 24 September 2018. The SDG Pioneers will receive visibility and be recognized for the great work that they have done to advance the Sustainable Development Goals.

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.

Disclaimer for SDG pioneers

The UN Global Compact reserves the right to remove the SDG Pioneer recognition if the company and/or individual is later deemed to be a reputational risk to the SDG Pioneer campaign and/or the UN Global Compact initiative.