SDG Pioneers 2024

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 while also contributing to business success. These individuals play a crucial role in inspiring action and showcasing the power of business to create a sustainable future for all.

We welcome the leadership of companies participating in the UN Global Compact to nominate their employees to the programme. The UN Global Compact Network Lebanon will award the 2024 UN Global Compact Network Lebanon SDG Pioneer at the local level, announced on July 1st, 2024. The selected individuals will then have the opportunity to participate in the final search of global SDG Pioneers to be recognized during the 2024 UN Global Compact Leaders Summit on September 24th, 2024 as part of the UN General Assembly week in New York.

Applications open on April 3rd, 2024 and close on May 17th, 2024 at 11:59 PM.

Overview

The SDG Pioneers play an important role to drum up interest in the Global Goals and how the UN Global Compact is empowering businesses to advance them. In 2024, the UN Global Compact will again recognize professionals 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.

Why apply or nominate someone?

  • Employee engagement and recognition – The program provides companies with an opportunity to highlight how their employees are advancing the SDGs and are indeed next-generation leaders.
  • Enable change agents for the SDGs – Leadership in the 2030 era requires change agents, and the SDG Pioneers Program provides a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for professionals to push their vision forward within their organizations and create change.
  • National and global recognition – SDG Pioneers will receive visibility and be recognized for the great work that they have done to advance the SDGs. The Global SDG Pioneers will be announced at the 2024 UN General Assembly in September.

Who can apply?

Employees working at any level of a company participating in the UN Global Compact are eligible to apply or be nominated. Former SDG Pioneers can re-apply, but a thorough review of their application will be required to ensure it covers different activities/projects than the previous application.

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.

Company Eligibility

‍For the 2024 SDG Pioneers, we are only considering companies who were participants of the UN Global Compact prior to 1st October 2023, have submitted at least 1 Communication on Progress (CoP), and have an “active” CoP status. If your company joined after this date, please consider applying for the 2025 SDG Pioneers programme.

Companies in the weapons, gambling, fossil fuels, and alcohol sectors are ineligible to apply.

Selection Process and Timeline

Applications will be accepted from April 3rd to May 17th, 2024. A multi-stakeholder SDG Pioneers Selection Group will vote on the candidates. Once the selections have been made, the applications will be sent to the UN Global Compact Headquarters for final screening and review by June 7th, 2024. Once confirmed, the SDG Pioneer will be notified and made public on July 1st, 2024.

The Lebanon SDG Pioneer will then be submitted to the Global SDG Pioneer round, where the Global SDG Pioneer will be announced at the 2024 Leaders Summit in New York City in September.

The UN Global Compact will recognize 12 Global SDG Pioneers under two award categories: 1) Large National and Multinational companies and 2) SMEs and Micro-enterprises*.

In addition to this, the UN Global Compact will recognize Global SDG Pioneers under 6 categories representing the regions where it operates: Western Europe and North America, Latin America and Caribbean, Eastern Europe, Middle East, Africa, and Asia-Oceania.

*SMEs are considered businesses with 10-250 employees while micro-enterprises would be businesses with 1-9 employees.

For any questions or more information, please reach out to sdgpioneers@unglobalcompact.org or our Programmes Lead Ms. Lynn Khatib at lynn.khatib@ungcnlebanon.org.

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