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Global Compact Network South Africa searches for professionals committed to advancing the Sustainable Development Goals

Johannesburg, 17 February, 2020 — As part of the 2020 UN Global Compact SDG Pioneers programme, Global Compact Network South Africa today launched its national search for professionals who are committed to advancing the UN Sustainable Development Goals. Later this year, the Network will recognize an employee of a participating company as the Global Compact Network South Africa SDG Pioneer. The selected individual will then have the opportunity to participate in the final search of global SDG Pioneers to be recognized during the 2020 UN General Assembly in September in New York.

In 2020, the UN Global Compact will recognize a new class of SDG Pioneers who are setting ambitious SDG targets, scale and impact across their companies through a principles-based approach.

Global Compact Network South Africa welcomes the leadership of companies participating in the UN Global Compact to nominate their employees to the programme and later on join them during the recognition.

“Leadership in the 2030 era requires change agents. Change agents don’t sit around waiting for the future to happen. They create it. They do not choose the path of least resistance. They stay the course, also when they are ridiculed or fought. In the end — they win. They have the future on their side” says Lise Kingo, CEO & Executive Director of the UN Global Compact.

“Once again as South Africa, we have the opportunity to showcase the efforts of SDG Champions in respective companies. They are pushing the limits, showing great leadership and positioning their companies to seize SDG opportunities and improve the well-being of society at large. I encourage all Global Compact participating companies that are making great strides on the SDGs to recognize the employees who are leading on this”, Says Dr Achieng Ojwang, Executive Director of Global Compact Network South Africa.

Employees of companies participating in the UN Global Compact are welcome to submit their own stories on contributions towards sustainable development or nominate a colleague for consideration in the programme before Wednesday, 15 April 2020.

Nominate Yourself>> https://forms.gle/djQM5FkZemgCqDnK8

Nominate Someone Else>> https://forms.gle/seutDaSdjGLt6ypg9

About the SDG Pioneers Programme

As part of UN Global Compact Making Global Goals Local Business campaign, each year the initiative recognizes a class of SDG Pioneers — business leaders working at any level of a company, who are using business as a force for good to advance the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The SDG Pioneers play an important role to drum up interest in the Global Goals and in how the UN Global Compact is empowering businesses to advance them. In 2020, the UN Global Compact will again recognize professionals working at any level in a participating company of the UN Global Compact who are setting ambitious SDG targets, scale and impact across their companies through a principles-based approach.

About Global Compact Network South Africa

Contact:

Global Compact Network South Africa
Sifiso Nkosi
Tel: 011 771 4221
Email: [email protected]