SDG Pioneers


The Sustainable Development Goals lay out a clear vision for a sustainable future, representing an opportunity to shape a new era for responsible business. Each year the United Nations Global Compact celebrates a group of SDG Pioneers — business leaders who are doing an exceptional job to advance the Global Goals through the implementation of our Ten Principles on human rights, labour, environment and anti-corruption. In our search for the 2022 cohort of SDG Pioneers, we encourage professionals working at any level of a UN Global Compact participating company who are leveraging a principles-based approach to set ambitious, scalable and impactful SDG targets to apply.

National SDG Pioneers submission period opens 1 December 2021.

As part of the UN Global Compact SDG Pioneers programme, Global Compact Local Networks spanning all continents will launch on 1 December 2021 a national search for professionals who are committed to achieving the SDGs. Selected national-level Pioneers will be locally recognized and advance to the global round which will open on 14 January 2022.

Employees of companies participating in the UN Global Compact are welcome to submit their own stories describing their contributions towards sustainable development or nominate a colleague for consideration in the SDG Pioneers programme.

You can apply or nominate someone from 1 December until 31 January 2022.


  • 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 2022 UN Global Compact Leaders Summit. De Global SDG Pioneers will be recognized during the UN Global Compact Leaders Summit.

“I am proud that I was acknowledged as Runner Up in the SDG Pioneer program of 2019. To be able to achieve the SDGs we need to share ideas and bring new solutions on the table. To have positive & constructive dialogues. Therefore it is important that we have initiatives like the SDG Pioneer program where companies and individuals share their contribution towards the SDGs. It’s the decade of action, every action counts. But only if we share, it can be multiplied.”

Wineke Haagsma

“It was a huge honour to be named as one of the global SDG Pioneers of 2019. As such, I attended the General Assembly of the UN in New York in September last year. It was a truly enriching experience and I would highly recommend this opportunity to anyone. I met inspiring people who are very motivated and want to make positive contributions to sustainable development in the world. Looking at the nature of the SDGs, it is clear that all of us need to be working towards their achievement, and particularly businesses need to take an active role. At the end of the day, it is about our own future.”

Dylan McNeill

Read Dylan’s sustainability story



DATE Period
1 December 2021 Launch of local rounds
1 December 2021 – 31 January 2022 Submission round
1 February 2022 – 28 February 2022 Review process
1 March 2022 Local winners announced
14 January 2022 – 15 March 2022 Global submission round
Mid June 2022 Announcement and recognition UN Global Compact Leaders Summit

Do you have any questions?

Please don ‘t hesitate to contact us.

Linda van Beek

Executive Director

Marco Swan

Program Manager

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