United Nations Global Compact SDG Pioneers Programme 2024

Deadline: 17th of May, 2024

The 2024 United Nations Global Compact SDG Pioneers Program is now accepting applications. The UN Global Compact honors the extraordinary efforts of business leaders every year who are promoting the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and living according to the UN Global Compact’s Ten Principles. These people, who are recognized as SDG Pioneers, are essential in motivating others to take action and demonstrating the ability of business to build a sustainable future for all.

In 2024, UN Global Compact is thrilled to embark on another journey to identify twelve SDG Pioneers from participating companies. These pioneers, regardless of their role, are setting ambitious SDG targets, expanding their impact, and championing a principles-based approach within their companies. Through a rigorous selection process comprising both Local and Global Rounds, we will recognize individuals who exemplify dedication, innovation, and leadership in advancing the SDGs.


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


  • 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: Date Sep 24, 2024

Click here to apply 

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