Network USA Opportunities

Applications for the 2024 SDG Pioneer program will open on April 3, 2024!

As part of the 2024 UN Global Compact SDG Pioneers program, UN Global Compact Network USA is searching for professionals to recognize who are committed to advancing the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

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 SDGs. Through their own company or by mobilizing other businesses, they are helping to reach one or more of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) while also contributing to business success.

The UN Global Compact Network USA will award two SDG Pioneers this year. One to represent Small & Medium-sized enterprises (<250 employees), and one to represent Large National & Multi-National Companies. Please note that companies must have submitted at least 1 CoP and be a signatory since October 1, 2023 to be eligible for this opportunity.

The UN Global Compact Network USA will award the two 2023 Global Compact Network USA SDG Pioneers at the local level, announced on July 1, 2024. The selected individuals will then have the opportunity to participate in the final search of global SDG Pioneers to be recognized during the 2023 UN General Assembly in September in New York.

Apply now before May 15, 2024 and please contact Caitlin McGinnis at for any inquiries.

In addition to events and webinars, Network USA runs a variety of accelerators to support member action in support of the Ten Principles and the achievement of the SDGs.

Network USA currently runs following accelerators:

  • Climate Ambition Accelerator: The CAA program equips companies with the knowledge and skills they need to accelerate progress towards setting science-based emissions reduction targets aligned with the 1.5℃ pathway, putting them on a path towards net-zero emissions by 2050.
  • Business & Human Rights Accelerator: The BHR Accelerator is a six-month program activating companies participating in the UN Global Compact across industries and regions. The objective is to help businesses swiftly move from commitment to action on human and labor rights by establishing an ongoing human rights due diligence process.
  • SDG Ambition: This accelerator challenges and supports companies in setting ambitious corporate targets and accelerating the integration of the 17 SDGs into core business management.
  • Target Gender Equality: This accelerator supports companies in setting and reaching ambitious corporate targets for women's representation and leadership, starting with the Board and Executive Management levels.
  • SDG Innovation Program: Our accelerator that teaches future business leaders and changemakers how to develop and drive innovative solutions through new technologies, initiatives, and business models and deliver on their company’s sustainability objectives
  • SDG Pioneers: Our accelerator to recognize exceptional leadership from individuals at participating organizations in support of the SDGs