The Global SDG Awards Launches International Competition to Increase Private Sector Engagement with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

VANCOUVER, 15 March 2018 – The Global SDG Awards, the world’s first international, private sector focused sustainability competition based on the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) framework launched today at GLOBE Forum 2018 in Vancouver, BC. The global competition will be open to private sector companies and social enterprises with sustainability programs and business models that seek to achieve the SDGs.

The SDG framework, adopted by 193 countries in September 2015, outlines a framework for a better global future by 2030. The SDG framework provides a roadmap for businesses to take action on some of the most pressing issues confronting our world in the pursuit of a more prosperous, inclusive, and peaceful world.

“According to a recent PwC report, 62% of companies now include the SDGs in their annual sustainability reports. Despite this, less than 30% of those have set specific SDG targets. Even fewer measure the success of their corporate responsibility programs by using the SDG indicators. The Global SDG Awards were created to address this key challenge” said David A. Klar, Executive Director.

Early estimates suggest that achieving the SDG targets will require annual incremental investments of between $5 to $7 trillion USD. By turning sustainability into a competitive race to the top, The Global SDG Awards will increase private sector SDG investment, foster the inclusion of new reporting metrics based on SDG indicators, and create a platform to recognize outstanding corporate efforts to improve our world.

The annual awards will be evaluated by panels of expert judges, according to The Global SDG Award’s three pillars. Our panel of 35+ judges currently includes:

Carlos Ruiz Alonso – Head of Sustainability & Environment – Enagás S.A.

Claudine Blamey – Head of Sustainability and Stewardship – The Crown Estate

Daniel Schmid – Chief Sustainability Officer – SAP SE

Jeannie Renné-Malone – VP, Sustainability – Prologis Inc.

Kim Marotta – Global Senior Director, Corporate Responsibility – Molson Coors

Margo Mosher – Director – SustainAbility

Martin Gettings – Group Heads of Sustainability – Canary Wharf Group PLC

Peggy Murphy – Sustainability Strategy Leader, North America Consumer Tissue – Kimberly-Clark

To nominate a prospective judge, please submit a brief summary of their professional accomplishments, responsibilities and organizational affiliations to The Global SDG Awards is a strong proponent of diversity and inclusion. As such, we strongly encourage nominations from sustainability leaders and social entrepreneurs in South America, the Middle-East, Africa, and the Asia-Pacific region.

The Global SDG Awards would like to thank our network partners including: GLOBE Series, Impakter, Natural Capital Coalition, Global Citizen and 3BL Media. Similarly, The Global SDG Awards would also like to thank the UN SDG Permissions Group in New York for their support. For partnership inquiries, please email

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