Invest in the Next Generation of Innovators

The UN Global Compact is proud to introduce the Young SDG Innovators Programme, a development programme designed to accelerate business innovation to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The Young SDG Innovators Programme activates future business leaders and changemakers and challenges them to rethink traditional business models and unlock new business opportunities.


During this ten-month accelerator programme, select young professionals (“Innovators”) from companies participating in the UN Global Compact will:

  • Connect to entrepreneurial young professionals from around the world to leverage the Sustainable Development Goals as a catalyst for the development of new products and services relevant to their business.
  • Collaborate with thought leaders in a series of team exercises and interactive learning opportunities involving real-world challenges, peer feedback and sparring, and mentoring and coaching.
  • Build organizational learning skills that will enable employees across different functions to develop innovative solutions to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals through new technologies, initiatives and business models.


The Young SDG Innovators Programme is designed to engage your company’s brightest and best talent in not only advancing your sustainability efforts but driving innovation and delivering tangible solutions with potential market value for your company.

Participant Benefit
  • Learning and development resources. A comprehensive curriculum with a blend of learning opportunities, including online and in-person workshops, case studies, company visits and forum discussions.
  • Professional experience. Connect with other business units and collaborate on innovative projects relative to the company and industry.
  • Coaching, mentoring and peer-to-peer networking opportunities. Build working relationships and learn from some of the brightest minds working on sustainability and innovation from around the world.
  • Be part of a global network of leading young professionals from some of the top companies across every continent.
Company Benefits
  • Accelerate integration of the SDGs into your company’s business strategy through collaboration, innovation and knowledge sharing.
  • Create a culture of innovation to address the SDGs and showcase the programme’s tangible outputs and results.
  • Increase employee engagement and professional development opportunities for valued talent, including:
    • High-quality, cutting-edge and inspirational workshops from thought- leaders in the sustainability and disruptive technology fields.
    • Opportunities to provide mentorship and leadership in the programme, collaborate with innovation experts, and share best practices.
    • Tools, resources and expertise by some of the leading innovative companies.
  • Gain global recognition for participation in the programme.


As a participating company of the UN Global Compact and Global Compact Network, your company is eligible to nominate up to three high- performing young professionals for this inaugural programme. This programme is designed to target high-performing employees at companies participating in the UN Global Compact, who are:

  • 35 years or younger
  • Interest in business model innovation, sustainability and disruptive technologies

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The Young SDG Innovators Programme is supported by the Tuborg Foundation.

For more information on the Young SDG Innovators Programme, download the brochure and the programme overview.

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