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United Nations Global Compact SDG Pioneers Programme 2024 for Social Entrepreneurs

Applications are now open for the 2024 United Nations Global Compact SDG Pioneers Program. Every year, the UN Global Compact recognizes the extraordinary efforts of business professionals who are driving positive change by advancing the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and embodying the Ten Principles of the UN Global Compact.

These individuals, dubbed SDG Pioneers, play an important role in inspiring action and demonstrating the power of business to create 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.

Eligibility Requirements

  • 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

For More Information:

Visit the Official Webpage of the United Nations Global Compact SDG Pioneers Programme

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