SDG Innovation Accelerator

Apply or nominate by January 14, 2022!

As part of the 2022 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.

Through their own company or by mobilizing other businesses, SDG Pioneers help advance one or more of the Sustainable Development Goals while also contributing to business success.

UN Global Compact Network USA will award the 2022 Global Compact Network USA SDG Pioneer at the local level. The selected individual will then have the opportunity to participate in the final search of global SDG Pioneers to be recognized during the 2022 UN General Assembly in September in New York.

The SDG Innovation Programme is an opportunity for participating companies of the UN Global Compact to identify young talent within their organizations to collaborate and accelerate business innovation towards the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). This ten-month accelerator program activates future business leaders and changemakers to develop and drive innovative solutions through new technologies, initiatives, and business models and deliver on their company’s sustainability objectives.

Network USA is one of several Local Networks from around the world running a local round of the program. We conducted our first year of the Young SDG Innovators Program in 2019-2020 and are currently seeking participants for our second year of the program. If accepted to the program, participation is free, though there is a suggested donation.

The Young SDG Innovators Program is designed to engage your company’s brightest and best talent in not only advancing your sustainability efforts but driving innovation and delivering tangible solutions with potential market value for your company. The program engages three high-potential young professionals from across your company and supports the development of an innovative and proprietary solution to achieve the SDGs for your company.

Program Benefits

  • Apply SDG innovation to solve real sustainability challenges within your organization and industry
  • Integrate the SDGs into your company’s business strategy through collaboration, innovation and knowledge sharing
  • Increase employee engagement and professional development opportunities
  • Develop an expert network of leading professionals from some of the top companies across the globe
  • Gain global recognition for participation in the program


Call for nominations: 19 October 2022 – 13 January, 2023
Program begins: January 2023
Program ends: September 2023

Eligibility Requirements

  • Three high-performing employees at a participating company of the UN Global Compact
  • 35 years or younger
  • Interest in business model innovation, sustainability and disruptive technologies

Companies must be confirmed to participate in the program before nominating individual young professionals to join. If you are a young professional interested in the program, please talk to your company's UN Global Compact contact to see how your company can sign up and join the program.