The Global Compact Network will this year recognize a new class of Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) pioneers who are setting ambitious SDG targets, scale, and impact across their companies through a principles-based approach.
Employees of companies participating in the UN Global Compact are required to submit their own stories on contributions towards sustainable development or nominate a colleague for consideration in the programme before April 15, 2020.
As part of the 2020 United Nations Global Compact SDG Pioneers programme, Global Compact Network Kenya launched its national search for professionals who are committed to advancing the UN Sustainable Development Goals.
According to Lise Kingo, the Chief Executive Officer and Executive Director of the UN Global Compact Network Kenya, the spotlight will be on individuals who champion sustainability and mobilize companies to be a force for good.
In a press statement sent to newsrooms on Monday, Ms. Kingo said the leadership in the 2030 era requires change agents who do not stay away from the course, but who are determined to win even in the storm of challenges they encounter with an objective of emerging winners.
“Change agents don’t sit around waiting for the future to happen. They create it. They do not choose the path of at least resistance,” she said.
Ms. Kingo said today’s business leadership requires leaders to demonstrate the essential qualities of SDG leadership, which are bold, intentional, ambitious, consistent, collaborative and accountable.
In her remarks, Judy Njino, the Executive Director of Global Compact Network Kenya, said the organization 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.
Later this year, the Network will recognize an employee of a participating company as the Global Compact Network Kenya SDG Pioneer, and individuals selected will have an 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.
By Bernadette Khaduli