SDG Innovation Accelerator

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 SDG Innovation Accelerator for Young Professionals 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). Network USA will not be running the SDG Innovation Accelerator Program in 2024, however we will resume offering this program in 2025.

This six-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.

The Young SDG Innovators Program is designed to engage your company’s brightest and best talent in advancing your sustainability efforts and 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.  Participation is free if accepted to the program, though there is a suggested donation.

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

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
  • The ability for employees to attend two in-person week-long camps (financially supported by the company)

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.