Global SDG Awards is an international sustainability competition that honors outstanding business contributions to the UN SDGs and Global Goals.Is your company taking SDGs? We want to hear about it! Don’t be shy, global SDG leadership is worth shouting about!
Leading corporate citizens understand the challenge, achieving the Global Goals will lead to a more prosperous, inclusive and peaceful world. The Global SDG Awards celebrates the best corporate responsibility and sustainability initiatives, programs and business models from around the world. With 17 annual sustainability awards, will your company be recognized as a visionary corporate responsibility leader?
Our Expert Panel of Judges is ready to evaluate corporate submissions to find the most inspiring examples of corporate leadership. Whether you’re based in Africa or Asia, The Middle East or South America, Europe or North America, (let’s not forget about Russia and Australia!) your company can compete head-to-head with leaders from across sectors and industries. Want to learn more? The Global SDG Awards has been featured in Sustainable Brands, Global Citizen,Corporate Knights, and Impakter Magazine.
The Global SDG Awards are open to any company or social enterprise that includes the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in their annual sustainability report, integrated report or corporate responsibility communications. The Global SDG Awards will be evaluated by teams of expert judges working in the private sector. Our esteemed panel of +80 expert judges is comprised of sustainability & corporate responsibility leaders from a wide range of countries and industries:
Kate E. Brandt
Google Sustainability Officer
Head of Sustainability
Etihad Aviation Group
Global Head, Corporate Responsibility, Sustainability & Inclusion
Kate Brandt leads sustainability across Google’s worldwide operations, products and supply chain. In this role, Kate coordinates with Google’s data centers, real estate, supply chain, and product teams to ensure the company is capitalizing on opportunities to strategically advance sustainability and circular economy. Previously in 2014, President Obama appointed Kate to serve as the Federal Environmental Executive and under EO 13693 she became the Nation\'s first Federal Chief Sustainability Officer. In this capacity, she was responsible for promoting sustainability across Federal Government operations including 360,000 buildings, 650,000 vehicles, and $445 billion annually in purchased goods and services. Prior to the White House, Kate held several senior roles in U.S. Federal Government including Senior Advisor at the Department of Energy, Director for Energy and Environment in the White House Office of Presidential Personnel, and Energy Advisor to the Secretary of the Navy.
Kate is the recipient of the Distinguished Public Service Award, the highest award the U.S. Navy can give to a civilian, for her work helping the Navy go green. Outside Magazin e named her as one of 40 women who have made the biggest impact on our world and Forbes listed her among the top 46 sustainability leaders in 2018. Kate serves on the boards of BSR, The Institute at Brown for Environment and Society, The Roosevelt Institute, Planet Forward, Stanford International Affairs Network, NSF Committee for Environmental Research and Education, and the Corporate Eco Forum. Kate received a Masters degree in International Relations from the University of Cambridge where she was a Gates Cambridge Scholar. She graduated with honors from Brown University.
Head of Sustainability
Etihad Aviation Group
Linden has over 20 years of environmental and business sustainability experience, including the development of comprehensive strategies and programs across two major airlines.
Linden joined Etihad Airways at the beginning of 2009 with the responsibility for developing the overall strategy for environmental management for the airline. This has now developed into a broader sustainability role and she is currently implementing initiatives for key areas such as emissions and waste management, supporting the development of alternative sustainable fuels, implementing mechanisms to help prevent human trafficking and slavery, and developing a strong culture of environmental and social awareness throughout the business.
A key aspect of her strategy is developing and implementing wildlife and animal protection policies for the business. She instigated the commitment of the airline to the United for Wildlife declaration to help in the prevention illegal wildlife trade and has partnered with a number of organisations to help ensure that tourism activities promoted by the airline do not negatively impact the welfare of animals.
Prior to joining Etihad Airways Linden worked as the Environmental Manager of Cathay Pacific Airways.
Linden represents Etihad Airways on the Environmental Committee of the International Air Transport Association (IATA) and the Environmental Policy Group of the Arab Air Carriers Association (AACO). She is currently the Chair of the IATA Environment Committee Wildlife Taskforce.
Global Head, Corporate Responsibility, Sustainability & Inclusion
Patsy Doerr is responsible for overseeing the company’s corporate social responsibility, diversity & inclusion and sustainability functions. Patsy has over 20 years of experience in talent, learning, organizational development, diversity and inclusion, employee recognition and customer engagement mainly in investment banking. She has held a number of global leadership roles at JPMorgan, Deutsche Bank and Credit Suisse, in New York, London and most recently, Hong Kong.
Prior to joining Thomson Reuters, Patsy was responsible for talent and learning, employee recognition, alumni relations and the global centers of excellence development effort at Credit Suisse in Asia Pacific. She was based in Hong Kong, but her responsibilities spanned 14 countries across the region. She has extensive experience with panel moderation, facilitation, communications and presentation. She was the key interviewer for CSTV in APAC and in that role, had the opportunity to work with Roger Federer and Tony Fernandes, CEO of Air Asia.
She is a frequent guest speaker at various organizations, universities and schools, and is certified in a number of personality profiling and team building tools. She is passionate about supporting a diverse, global environment to support business goals. Patsy was recently awarded with the Tri-State Diversity Council – Most Powerful & Influential Woman award and the Promoting Workforce Diversity & Gender Equality award for the Banking, Financial and Insurance industry sector by City State Reports.
Patsy sits on the Board of Trustees for Marymount School for Girls, the Board of Directors for the Samburu Girls Foundation and the Board of Directors for the Responsible Investment Association (Canada). On the Board of Directors for the 30% Coalition Patsy is Vice President and on the Board of Directors for All In Together she is Secretary. She is a member of the Leadership Committee for Out Leadership, YMCA Leadership Committee, the 30% Club Steering Committee and the Business Advisory Board for PFLAG.
Patsy has a BS in Biology (pre-medicine) from Washington and Lee University in Lexington, VA and a Master of Science (summa cum laude) in Adult Learning and Organizational Development from Fordham University in New York, NY. Patsy is also lifetime member of the ODK Honor Society at Washington and Lee University as a result of her work driving women in leadership. Recently, she received the Decade of Women Quantum Impact Award.
Patsy is an avid runner, focusing on half marathons and marathons all over the world, including Cambodia, Australia, Hong Kong, Macau, New York City, and most recently, Berlin. She has two children (a 15 year old son, Nicholas and 12 year old daughter, Ella) and lives on the Upper East Side of Manhattan.
Director, Sustainability & Social Impact
McKinsey & Company
As McKinsey’s Director of Sustainability and Social Impact, Dorothée is responsible for the firm’s sustainability strategy and contribution to society. This includes its responsible business practices (e.g. environmental footprint) and its social impact agenda (e.g. giving back at local and global level). Dorothée joined McKinsey in 2009 as global head of external relations for the Sustainability & Resource Productivity Practice (SRP) and in that role helped SRP shape and communicate its thought leadership agenda on the challenges and opportunities of sustainability and resource productivity.
Before McKinsey, she worked in politics, public affairs and communications: for the Belgian deputy prime minister, in the European Commission’s spokesperson service and at public affairs agency GPlus Europe (Omnicom Group). She studied literature and linguistics in Ghent, Madrid and Nijmegen and European Studies in Bruges. She speaks English, Dutch, French, Spanish, Italian and basic German and loves spending time with her daughter, exploring new places, teaching and dancing.
Head of Sustainability
HP Canada Inc.
In her role as Head of Sustainability, Frances Edmonds is responsible for overseeing HP’s full suite of corporate social responsibility programs including strategic partnerships with key nonprofit organizations and an industry leading volunteer program. With Frances’s leadership HP is able to state that HP Canada is the most environmentally responsible IT Company in Canada1. Frances works closely with HP’s many partners to drive sustainability practices across HP’s business and throughout Canada.
From being a founder of WWF’s Living Planet @ Work program to creating sustainability reporting contests, Frances seeks new and innovative ways to bring the power of HP to create meaningful change in Canada’s businesses. See her TEDx talk demonstrating the power of collaboration. Strongly believing in environmental education, Frances has established programs to provide a wide range of environmental education opportunities for Canadians, from kindergarten to companies that are not even HP’s customers.
More recently Frances has turned her attention to community engagement: having managed HP’s global team she now works to develop and implement global environmental education and volunteer programs for HP. Her recent articles in Alternatives magazine & the Globe & Mail show her leadership in this area. Frances judges many environmental awards and was recognized in 2017 as being one of Canada’s top sustainability professionals by receiving her second Clean 50 award. In addition she is a board member of Learning for a Sustainable Future and sits on the Schulich Centre for Responsible Business advisory council.
Frances started her career in the UK Government as an enforcer of environmental health and safety requirements. On moving to Canada, Frances worked in the chemical and pharmaceutical industries, as manager of environmental health and safety, before joining HP Canada. Frances has a degree in Environmental science from Bradford University (UK), a post graduate diploma in Occupational Health and Safety, and is a Canadian Registered Safety Professional (CRSP).
Balaji Gurumurthy is the Vice President, Responsible Banking at YES BANK, India’s fourth largest private sector bank. He drives YES BANK’s sustainability strategy to create sustained stakeholder value by intrinsically linking economic, social and environmental parameters to business & contributing towards achieving UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
In this role, his responsibilities include Sustainability & CSR Strategy formulation & implementation, Sustainable Finance (Managing ESG Risks & Opportunities), Climate Action, Developing Innovative Financial Mechanisms towards SDGs including Climate Finance, Green Banking products, Financial Inclusion amongst BoP & Triple Bottom Line Reporting.
Recently, Balaji has been recognized as one of the ‘30 UNDER 30’ Global Emerging Leaders In Sustainable Business identified by GreenBiz Group and the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD). His professional recognition placed YES BANK as the only bank in the world, and only Indian Company to be featured in the prestigious list of leaders from across sectors who are shaping the next generation of sustainable business.
Balaji is an MBA GOLD Medallist from NITIE, Mumbai (India\\\'s Top Business School) with PG Diploma in Industrial Safety & Environmental Management with focus on Sustainability & Climate Change. He holds a B.Tech in Chemical Engineering from Anna University, Chennai & obtained PG Diploma in Environmental Law from National Law School of India, Bangalore. He has been a speaker at various international and national platforms on Sustainability, Climate Action, Sustainable Finance and Financial Inclusion
Balaji has a 2 year old daughter (Bhagyarathi) and lives in Mumbai along with his wife (Bavadhariny), parents (Gurumurthy & Vanaja) & younger sister (Gayathri)
Director, Environmental & Social Responsibility
Ritu Kumar has 20 years of global experience working on environment and social issues. As an economist based in London, she has built up extensive experience in value creation, research, capacity building, and management of environmental and social issues. Till December 2013, Ritu was a Director and Senior Advisor to the emerging markets private equity firm, Actis on environment, social and governance issues.
Prior to that she worked with the United Nations Industrial Development Organisation based out of Vienna, where she assisted developing country industry and governments on environmental policy, cleaner production and social improvements. Ritu is also the founder and trustee of a not for profit organsiation, TERI-Europe, affiliated to the The Energy and Resources Institute, India, working on a number of climate change and corporate responsibility initiatives.
Ritu has a BA and MA in economics from the Delhi School of Economics, and an M.Sc in economics from the London School of Economics. She has specialized in Environmental Economics from Harvard School of International Studies and is a qualified social auditor. She has been a Board member of the Global Climate Partnership Fund and an advisory member of Marks and Spencer’s sustainability board, and has advised a number of companies on sustainability issues.
Global Senior Director, Corporate Responsibility
Kim Marotta is the Global Senior Director Corporate Responsibility for Molson Coors, a position she has held since December, 2016. In her role, she is responsible for building and leading the global sustainability for the company. Kim joined the beer business in 2004, and held similar positions for MillerCoors, the U.S. subsidiary of Molson Coors. Kim completed her undergraduate degree at Marquette University and is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison Law School.
Prior to her career in beer, Kim was a criminal defense attorney for thirteen years and served as an adjunct professor at Marquette University Law School. Kim is a current member of the board of directors for The Nature Conservancy-Wisconsin, and has served on numerous other local non-profit boards and organizations, including Milwaukee World Festivals, Alcohol Beverage and Medical Research Foundation and Children’s Hospital Foundation.
Chief Executive Officer (CEO)
Dr Richard Mattison is Chief Executive Officer of Trucost, part of S&P Dow Jones Indices. Trucost assesses and prices risks relating to climate change, natural resource constraints and broader ESG factors, enabling companies and financial institutions to understand exposure to ESG factors, inform resilience and identify the transformative solutions of tomorrow.
Richard is an expert in sustainable finance and over the last 16 years he has advised various UN bodies, governments, financial intuitions, companies and NGOs on how to integrate climate change and natural capital analysis into their decision making. He has led numerous ground-breaking projects including creating the first portfolio carbon risk assessment for Henderson and the UK Environment Agency, launching the first carbon efficient index with S&P Dow Jones Indices, leading the first global assessment of corporate environmental externalities for the UN-backed Principles for Responsible Investment, and developing the world’s first Environmental Profit and Loss account for PUMA.
Richard is a member of the EU Sustainable Finance High Level Expert Group, the Global Advisory Council of the Oxford Smith School Stranded Assets Programme and the Luxflag eligibility committee. Previously, Richard was a strategy consultant and began his career as a neuroscientist.
He holds a Ph.D. in Neuroscience from the University of Edinburgh and is an honorary Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.
Mark W. McDivitt
Managing Director, Head of ESG Solutions
State Street Corporation
Mark McDivitt heads up State Street’s ESG Solutions business focused on new product development and thought leadership. He plays an active role on State Street’s Executive Corporate Responsibility Committee constructing environmental attribute portfolios to address State Street’s annual sustainability objectives. Mark is also on the advisory board of CECP’s Strategic Investor Initiative and a First Mover Fellow at the Aspen Institute Business & Society Program. Prior his role leading ESG Solutions, he ran FX Hedge Fund Sales. Before joining State Street in 2010, Mark was Founder and President of CarbonCCY Management executing environmental attributes on behalf of renewable energy infrastructure companies.
Mark began his career with Fuji Bank in Tokyo, trading interest rate swaps followed by fifteen years with Morgan Stanley and Deutsche Bank in Tokyo, Singapore and London in the capacity of Head of Hedge Fund Sales. In addition, he held an eight year term with AIG and CS in Hedge Fund FX & Derivative Sales. Mark graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from St. Lawrence University, is a graduate of International Christian University in Tokyo, Japan and is a retired Captain of the United States Army Reserves.
Vice-President & Chief Sustainability Officer
As Chief Sustainability Officer, Erin gives voice to Interface’s conscience, ensuring that strategy and goals are in sync with its aggressive sustainability vision established more than 20 years ago. Today, Interface has evolved its thinking to go beyond doing less harm to creating positive impacts, not just for Interface and the flooring industry, but for the world at large. Erin led the company to unveil a new mission in 2016 – Climate Take Back, tackling the single biggest threat facing humanity: global climate change.
This mission is focused on creating a path for Interface and others to reverse global warming, not just reduce carbon emissions. As CSO, Erin leads a global team that provides technical assistance and support to this audacious goal and the company’s global business, addressing sustainability at all levels – from operations and management, to employees and customers, and in policy forums. Erin and her team also develop industry-leading approaches to measurement, driving transparency and innovation in the field of sustainability, while also capturing successes as the company nears its Mission Zero targets in 2020.
Erin is a frequent lecturer on sustainable business to senior management teams, universities and the growing green consumer sector. She has keynoted at a variety of conferences and forums including Bioneers, GreenBiz, VERGE, Greenbuild, Sustainable Brands, SXSW, SXSW Eco, Conscious Capitalism and others, and to business audiences around the world in China, Singapore, Hong Kong, the United States and Europe. In addition, she serves as a guest faculty member at Harvard University for the Executive Education for Sustainability Leadership program. She also serves on the Sustainable Entrepreneurship MBA (SEMBA) program advisory board for the Vermont Grossman School of Business. Erin is a magna cum laude graduate of the Vermont Law School, where she earned her Master’s Degree in Studies in Environmental Law and her Juris Doctor degree.
As a Director at SustainAbility Margo is an expert in developing sustainability strategies for leading companies. Based in Brooklyn, New York, Margo has worked across a number of sectors including food and beverage, consumer products, energy, pulp and paper, and finance. She has supported numerous clients in developing sustainability strategies, identifying priority issues and setting goals and KPIs.
She is an expert in advising companies on effective transparency and reporting efforts as well as stakeholder engagement. Having worked closely with Becton Dickinson, Chipotle, Darden, Fibria, Nespresso, Pepsi and Stanley Black & Decker, Margo has both depth and breadth in helping companies strengthen their approaches to managing their environmental, social and economic issues. She believes in the responsibility and opportunity companies have to take on regenerative approaches to create positive impacts on our environment, society and economy.
Margo has co-authored two reports, See Change and Sustainability Incorporated, which offer in-depth perspectives on leading practice in embedding sustainability into corporate strategy. Margo has a Masters degree in Environmental Management from the Yale School of Forestry and a Bachelor’s degree in Environmental studies from the University of New Hampshire. Prior to joining SustainAbility in 2012 Margo taught urban environmental studies to high school students through the AmeriCorps program.
Jeannie Renne-Malone, LEED AP BD+C, ENV SP, Vice President Sustainability at Prologis is responsible for developing and implementing a global sustainability strategy for the company. She sets goals and objectives, establishes strategies, engages stakeholders, tracks progress and reports results for corporate operations and the global portfolio. She communicates the company’s environmental stewardship and social responsibility efforts throughout Prologis and to key stakeholders, including employees, customers and investors. She also oversees development of the annual carbon footprint and sustainability reporting to various organizations.
Jeannie has over 15 years of experience in sustainable development, technology transfer, renewable energy, climate change, greenhouse gas accounting, and sustainability planning and reporting in the US and in Latin America. She has an MA in International Finance and Development from the Josef Korbel School of International Studies at the University of Denver, a BA in Spanish from the University of Washington, and holds several sustainability certifications.
Project Breakthrough Lead
Richard Roberts is the Breakthrough Innovation Lead at Volans, a transformation agency and think tank that works with leaders in all sectors to catalyse change that goes beyond the incremental.
Richard’s focus is putting sustainable development at the heart of business. Current projects include: a partnership with the UN Global Compact on “Breakthrough Innovation for the SDGs”, which spotlights - and helps companies grapple with - the new, exponential mindsets, business models and technologies needed to drive progress on the Global Goals; a “Breakthrough Cities” programme, developed in partnership with Innovate UK, which aims to catalyze effective responses to complex urban challenges; and a “Carbon Productivity” initiative that is about fostering the next generation of corporate climate action, with the ultimate aim of reversing global warming.
Prior to joining Volans in 2016, Richard spent four years at Leaders’ Quest, a social enterprise that specializes in experiential learning journeys (Quests) for individuals and organization seeking to explore their role in the world. During his time there, he worked on a variety of transformation projects for multinational clients across banking, insurance, FMCG and auto manufacturing. His remit also included communications, business development and partnership-building.
Richard writes on sustainability issues for a range of media outlets. He has been published by (amongst others) Fast Company, The European Business Review and Guardian Sustainable Business. He is also a regular contributor to the Volans Medium channel.
Richard has a BA in history from Durham University and a Masters in US history from Oxford, where he specialised in the evolution of progressive political philosophy between 1880 and 1920 – a period when, like today, the future of capitalism hung in the balance and a new social contract between business, society and government was called for.
Head of Sustainability & Corporate Responsibility
Ericsson Middle East & Africa
Sumana Sarkar currently heads Sustainability and Corporate Responsibility (S&CR) for Ericsson in Middle East and Africa, based in Istanbul. She was recently recognized among ‘100 Most Impactful CSR Leaders (global listing)’ at the World CSR Day in 2018.
She has over fifteen years of experience as a development professional spanning corporate social responsibility, sustainability consulting as well as non- profit management roles. Her areas of specialization include CSR strategy and implementation, stakeholder engagement, social impact assessment, sustainability program management and sustainability reporting.
Programs and partnerships towards better education for the girlchild using ICT and projects aligned to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)has been some of the topics she has been working on, for the last few years.
Prior to Ericsson, Sumana worked at Ernst & Young (EY), where she was part of the Climate Change and Sustainability Services team, based in Mumbai. At Ernst &Young, Sumana has led or managed more than 50 engagements which included advising leadership of Fortune 500 companies on corporate responsibility and sustainability performance management.
She spent her early career with Intermon Oxfam and the Dorabji Tata Trust -funding and monitoring large developmental programs across India.
Chief Sustainability Officer
Daniel Schmid started his career in 1992 as a consultant at Kiefer & Veittinger, a CRM company that was acquired by SAP in 1997. In 1996 Schmid became Business Unit Manager, followed by his role as Consulting Director at SAP Labs Mannheim in 1998. In 1999 Schmid took on the responsibility for SAP CRM Consulting. As Vice President, he managed the integration of SAP CRM Consulting into SAP Germany and continued to lead the CRM Consulting Division. From 2004, Schmid held various senior management positions within SAP Consulting across Europe, the Middle East and Africa.
From 2009, Schmid headed up Sustainability Operations. In June 2014 Schmid assumed the role as Chief Sustainability Officer and is globally responsible for sustainability at SAP. He is a member of the steering committee of econsense, a forum for sustainable development of German business. Schmid holds a degree in industrial engineering from the University of Kaiserslautern, Germany.
In 2015, all 193 UN member states adopted the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and its 17 Sustainable Development Goals. Together, they serve as a roadmap for a more prosperous, inclusive and sustainable society for all.
The SDGs have already become a common language for describing and tackling interconnected, global challenges. A recent WBCSD survey found that 78% of Fortune 500 companies have already identified their top SDG priorities. A 2018 PwC reporting challenge found that 62% already use the SDGs in their annual or sustainability reports.
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