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 were created to act as a catalyst for positive change. By turning sustainability into a competitive race to the top, the awards 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. Please click on one (or more) of the icons below to review the application questions for our 2019 competition. For submission related inquiries, please email us using the contact us page.

SDG #1 - No Poverty - The Global SDG Awards
SDG #2 - Zero Hunger - The Global SDG Awards
SDG #3 - Good Health & Well-Being - The Global SDG Awards
SDG #4 - Quality Education - The Global SDG Awards
SDG #5 - Gender Equality - The Global SDG Awards
SDG #6 - Clean Water & Sanitation - The Global SDG Awards
SDG #7 - Affordable & Clean Energy - The Global SDG Awards
SDG #8 - Decent Work & Economic Growth - The Global SDG Awards
SDG #9 - Industry, Innovation & Infrastructure - The Global SDG Awards
SDG #10 - Reduced Inequalities - The Global SDG Awards
SDG #11 - Sustainable Cities & Communities - The Global SDG Awards
SDG #12 - Responsible Consumption & Production - The Global SDG Awards
SDG #13 - Climate Action - The Global SDG Awards
SDG #14 - Life Below Water - The Global SDG Awards
SDG #15 - Life On Land - The Global SDG Awards
SDG #16 - Peace, Justice & Strong Institutions - The Global SDG Awards
SDG #17 - Partnerships For The Goals - The Global SDG Awards


Evaluation Criteria

Our Three Pillars Include: 

  • Positive Impact
  • Potential for Scalability
  • Magnetism & Inspiration

Key Dates

The Global SDG Awards occur once per year. Due to COVID-19, the 2019 awards have been postponed. We plan to return in the spring of 2021. For the latest information, be sure to sign up for our email updates.

  • Submissions Open – Spring 2021
  • Early Bird Deadline – Spring 2021
  • Entry Deadline – Summer 2021
  • Winners Announced – Fall 2021

Submission Fees

Submission fees for The Global SDG Awards depend on the size of your company:

  • Small & Medium Sized Companies <10 Employees ($299 USD).
  • Large Companies <100 Employees ($599 USD).
  • Enterprises/Multinationals >100 Employees ($899 USD).


EARLY BIRD Rates (September 2019):

  • Small & Medium Sized Companies <10 Employees ($199 USD).
  • Large Companies <100 Employees ($499 USD).
  • Enterprises/Multinationals >100 Employees ($799 USD).

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 & Strategic Questions
  • Magnetism & Inspiration (Effects Of Your SDG Business Initiative)
  • 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)
  • 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 Global SDG Awards Winners 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.

Winners of the 2018 Global SDG Awards will be announced on March 25th, 2019 via a press release and accompanying social media anouncements. 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. If you wish to completely withdraw your application from the awards please email us at [email protected].