SDG Pioneers

SDG Pioneers are paving the way to the future we all want
SDG Pioneers

Business has a critical role to play in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals. These exceptional professionals show exactly what can be done by businesses to make a difference that not only serves shareholders but also society at large. I hope they will also inspire others to join them in uniting in the business of a better world

Sanda Ojiambo, CEO & Executive Director of the United Nations Global Compact

Each year the United Nations 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 Global Goals through the implementation of the Ten Principles of the United Nations Global Compact on human rights, labour, environment and anti-corruption.

Global Compact Network Canada is looking for professionals working at any level in a participating company of the United Nations Global Compact who are setting ambitious SDG targets, scaling efforts, and having an impact across their companies through a principles-based approach.
Join the search for change agents who are advancing the Global Goals in their business from the bottom up.

Meet our 2022 Local SDG Pioneers winners

Patrick Elie - Co-Founder and CEO : Metrio Software Inc.Lorena Lujan Rubio - Innovation and Strategic Partners Leader: BASF CanadaDesiree Bombenon - CEO & Chief Disruption Officer : SureCall

Why apply?

Local and global recognition
Special consideration will be given to local round winners in the selection process of the 2022 United Nations Global Compact SDG Pioneers. Other benefits include speaking opportunities at local and global events in 2022.

Showcase business leadership in advancing the Global Goals
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 to create change.

Employee engagement and recognition
The program provides companies with an opportunity to highlight how their employees are advancing the SDGs and are becoming the next generation of leaders.

Who can apply?

Professionals who are working at any level of a United Nations Global Compact participating company are eligible to apply or can be nominated. To check whether an organization is a United Nations Global Compact participating company, please search the participant list online.

Please note that to be considered eligible for the 2022 SDG Pioneers, companies must be actively involved with United Nations Global Compact and have submitted at least one Communication on Progress (CoP).

The United Nations 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 United Nations Global Compact initiative.

The Selection Process

Local and global round
As part of the United Nations Global Compact SDG Pioneers program, the national search for professionals who are committed to achieving the Global Goals is now on! Selected national-level Pioneers will be locally recognized and advance to the global round which will open on 14 January 2022.
Local Networks are allowed to only recognize one SDG Pioneer who will continue to the global round.

Internal and external review
The judging process for local rounds consists of an internal review and an external review. The internal review will be conducted by the Global Compact Network Canada based on pre-determined judging criteria from the United Nations Global Compact. Five successful candidates will be selected to move on to the external review. The external review committee:

  • Nicole Lunstead, Deputy Director (Policy) of the Responsible Business Practices Division, Global Affairs Canada
  • Shashi Kant, professor of forest resource economics and management, and the founding director of the groundbreaking Master of Science in Sustainability Management (MScSM) Program at the Institute for Management & Innovation, University of Toronto Mississauga
  • Olivier Bullion, Director of the SDG Unit, Employment and Social Development Department Canada
  • Charles Beaudry,President and Mobilizer, Accélérer 2030
  • Ramina Ghassemi,International Advocacy Specialist, UNICEF Canada

Local round submission period: 1 December 2021 to 31 January 2022

Local SDG Pioneers announcement: 15 March 2022

Global round submission period: 14 January 2022 to 15 March 2022

Announcement and recognition at the 2022 Leaders Summit: Mid-June 2022

Contact Person

Reach out to Melvina Ramasamy at for more information.