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The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), 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.

The Global SDG Awards was created to act as a catalyst for positive change. By turning sustainability into a competitive race to the top, we hope to increase the rate of SDG adoption, foster the inclusion of new reporting metrics based on SDG indicators and create a platform to recognize outstanding corporate efforts.

Early estimates suggest that achieving the SDG targets will require annual incremental investments of between $5 to $7 trillion USD. While the scale of this challenge is immense, private sector leaders are already embracing the SDGs. According to KPMG, approximately 2,500+ companies now include the SDGs in their annual sustainability reports. Another study estimates that the SDGs represent a $12 trillion market opportunity that could create 380 million jobs.


17 unique opportunities to demonstrate your global leadership


Creating a better world requires teamwork, partnerships and collaboration. By working together, we can change mindsets, influence business leaders and inspire entrepreneurs to create the future we need. The Global SDG Awards is proud to partner with industry leading sustainability and corporate responsibility organizations, networks, and initiatives including:

Evaluation Criteria

Our Three Pillars Include: 

  • Positive Impact
  • Potential for Scalability
  • Magnetism & Inspiration

Key Dates

The awards take place once per year with applications opening in August 2018. Below are some key dates. For the latest information, be sure to sign up for our email updates.

  • Submissions Open – August 1, 2018
  • Early Bird Deadline – August 31, 2018
  • Entry Deadline – October 31, 2018
  • Winners Announced – February 2019

Submission Fees

The standard submission fee for The Global SDG Awards is $1,499 USD per submission. Small and medium sized companies with less than 10 employees can enter submissions at a reduced rate of $499 USD. Companies who submit their applications in August qualify for our Early Bird Rates. Early Bird rates are $999 USD per submission (Standard) and $299 USD per submission (Small & Medium Sized Companies).

Submission Requirements

1. General Information 

  • Short Project Description (Max. 350 Characters)
  • Award Category Selection
  • Key Individuals & Contributors

2. Data & Metrics*

  • Positive Impact Metrics (Based on SDG Indicators)
  • Financial Performance
  • Evidence Of Customer & Stakeholder Engagement
  • Approved Plans For Expansion


*Information from this section will not be published & will only be available to judges.

3. Media Package

  • Program Photographs (Max. 10 Images)
  • Detailed Project Description (Max. 500 Words)
  • Testimonials & Program Accolades
  • Optional Supporting Materials (i.e. – Video)

4. Consent to Submit

  • Agencies & Consulting Firms Can Submit (On Behalf Of Clients)
  • Express Written Permission Is Required To Do So
  • 3rd Parties Must Not Infringe On Their Client’s Rights


What Do Finalists & Winners Receive?

The Global SDG Awards sends a powerful message to clients, vendors, prospects and employees – that your company is a global leader in advancing sustainable development through your corporate responsibility efforts.The 2018-19 finalists for each of The Global SDG Awards will receive digital branding assets that include the year, category and level of achievement. These graphics can be used in online communications materials or embedded in future sustainability reports, annual reports or integrated reports. Finalists will be announced via social media in November 2018.

Winners of the 2018-19 Global SDG Awards will be announced a press release in February 2019. A custom trophy will be provided to each of the winners, mailed to the address specified in the original application.

Will The Information Included In My Application Be Made Publicly Available?

Only the information included in the media package will be visible to the general public will be the elements. All details about the financial performance and expansion plans will kept confidential, visible only to our expert panel of judges.

Can I Make Changes To My Submission Once I’ve Sent It?

The Global SDG Awards reviews submissions as they are received to ensure that all necessary elements have been included. In situations where one (or more) of the requirements have not been fulfilled, a representative from the organization will email the primary contact provided. Once an application has been submitted – and deemed complete – we will not accept changes or revisions.

Have A Conflict Of Interest With A Judge?

Judges are precluded from reviewing submissions where a conflict of interest (or perceived conflict of interest) exists. Examples include: submissions by current employers, direct competitors or clients. If you have a specific concern about a potential conflict of interest, please contact us directly and we’ll take all necessary steps to resolve it proactively.

Can I Cancel My Submission And Get A Refund?

Unfortunately we cannot offer refunds once an application has been submitted.