Applications for the 2024 SDG Pioneer program are now open!

Each year, we celebrate the remarkable 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, known as SDG Pioneers, play a crucial role in inspiring action and showcasing the power of business to create a sustainable future for all.

As part of the 2024 UN Global Compact SDG Pioneers program, UN Global Compact Network USA is searching for individuals who exemplify dedication, innovation, and leadership in advancing the SDGs.

The UN Global Compact Network USA will award two 2024 Global Compact Network USA 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 selected individuals will then have the opportunity to participate in the final search of Global SDG Pioneers and to be recognized during the 2024 UN General Assembly in September in New York.

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

The UN Global Compact Library is a robust resource covering a large variety of business topics as they relate to the Ten Principles and the Sustainable Development Goals. Highlighted guidance from the library can be found in our Selected Publications section. Highlighted tools are listed below.

Highlighted UN Global Compact tools:

  • SDG Action Manager: A tool to provide all types of businesses with an opportunity to learn about, manage, and directly improve their sustainability performance.
  • Women's Empowerment Principles Gender Gap Analysis Tool: A business-driven tool designed to help companies from around the world assess gender equality performance across the workforce, marketplace, and community.
  • Water Stewardship Toolbox: A toolbox to connect your business to the latest tools, guidance, case studies, datasets, and more most relevant to you based on your circumstances and interests.
  • Science-Based Targets Initiative Tool: An integrated climate target-setting tool for companies looking to align with United Nations 1.5C emission reduction pathway.
  • Decent Work Toolkit for Sustainable Procurement: A tool to enable companies, procurement professionals and suppliers to develop a common understanding on how to advance decent work through purchasing decisions and scaling up efforts to improve lives around the globe.