2020 SDG PIONEER

Will you be the next SDG Pioneer?

UPDATE: The deadline to apply for the SDG Pioneer Competition has been extended to May 15th! Irrespective of the challenges manifested by the COVID-19 Pandemic, we encourage today, more than ever, all member companies to nominate a sustainability pioneer who has been using his/her business for social good especially in these stressful times.

Overview

As part of the 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 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The SDG Pioneers play an important role to drum up interest on the Global Goals and how the UN Global Compact is empowering businesses to do so.

In 2020, the UN Global Compact will recognize at least five SDG Pioneers working at any level in a participating company of the UN Global Compact who are setting ambitious SDG targets, scale and impact across their companies through a principles-based approach.

The call for the 2020 SDG Pioneers will include two rounds: Local Round in Lebanon (February – May 2020) and Global Round in New York (May – September 2020).

The 2020 SDG Pioneers campaign aims to recognize a combination of:

• C-suite leaders that have truly innovated their business strategies and operations to drive ambitious SDG targets, scale and impact across their companies

• Any employee working in a GC participating company who has driven such disruptive change and impact at scale across their organization”.

Perks of the Program

  1. Engagement and recognition of employees: The program is a chance for companies to call attention to how their employees are promoting the SDGs and show how they are in fact, next-generation leaders.
  2. Acts as a change agent for SDGs: SDG Pioneers Program provides a rare opportunity for professionals to create a change and promote their vision forward within their specific organizations.
  3. National and international recognition: SDG Pioneers will gain visibility and recognition for the great work that they put forward to advance the SDGs.

Are you Eligible?

Only applications from individuals working for UN Global Compact participating companies are eligible to apply for the 2020 SDG Pioneers program.

Companies must have selected their engagement tier: Participant / Signatory.

Companies must have submitted at least 1 Communication on Progress to the UN Global Compact and they must have been participants of the UN Global Compact since 30 September 2019”.

Selection Process

We will be hosting country-level SDG Pioneers programs to search for local representative individuals, and then will recognize only 1 SDG Pioneer who will continue to the Global Round. The country-level programs will take place from February to May 2020 before the global round, which will take place from June to September 2020.

Judging Process:

Global Compact Network Lebanon will conduct the internal review based on the judging criteria determined by the UN Global Compact. Five successful candidates will be chosen to move onto the external review that is operated by representatives of the Global Compact Network Board, United Nations, Government, Academia, and Civil Society.

Interested to know who about last year’s SDG Pioneer of Lebanon?


Frequently Asked Questions:

Who are the 2020 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 2020 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 2020.

Who is eligible?

Professionals 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.

For the 2020 SDG Pioneers, we only consider companies who were participants of the UN Global Compact on 30 September 2019 and have submitted at least 1 Communication on Progress (CoP). If your company joined after the date, please consider applying for the 2021 SDG Pioneers program.

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.

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 apply myself or nominate someone who I think is doing great work?

Please complete the online application 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 April 15, 2020

How will the SDG Pioneers be selected?

A multi-stakeholder SDG Pioneers Selection Group will vote on the candidates. The SDG Pioneers Selection Group will be comprised of representatives from Global Compact Network Board Members, UN, Government Representatives, Academia, and civil society.

How will the SDG Pioneers be recognized? What will I receive if selected?

The national-level SDG Pioneer will be announced and celebrated at Making Global Goals Local Business Annual Forum on October 2020. The Pioneers will receive visibility and be recognized for the great work that they have done to advance the Sustainable Development Goals. 2020 SDG Pioneers selected in August will be recognized at the UN General Assembly.

I have more questions. Who can I contact?

Please email [email protected] with any additional questions. 

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