SDG Business Pioneers

SDG Business Pioneers Award Albania 2023: Celebrating Sustainable Leaders in Albania

The SDG Business Pioneers awards are aimed at recognizing and celebrating companies that demonstrate exceptional commitment to sustainability and contribute to the achievement of the United Nations Sustainability Development Goals (UN SDGs). We are looking for Albania’s leaders: companies that drive positive change through their products, operations, and overall business practices. 

If you are passionate about creating a  positive impact, we encourage you to apply. Showcase your work to the world, inspire, mobilize others, and be recognized. 

Becoming an SDG Pioneer is a prestigious recognition and provides a platform to showcase your work both locally and internationally. 

What are the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

The Sustainable Development Goals are a set of 17 global goals adopted by the United Nations in 2015. They provide a comprehensive framework for addressing the world’s most pressing social, economic and environmental challenges. The SDGs are a roadmap for governments, organizations, and individuals to work together, mobilize resources and act towards building a more inclusive, equitable and sustainable future for all. 

About the Award

The SDG Business Pioneers Award is a prestigious recognition open to all companies operating within Albania, regardless of size or industry. Through a comprehensive application form that is inspired by the application to the UN Global Compact Initiative and the standards of the Global Reporting Initiative, applicants must detail their sustainability practices and measurable results, providing a comprehensive overview of their contributions towards a sustainable future for their business and for their community. 

Applicants will apply via the business size measured by number of employees: 

  • Micro (1-9 number of employees) 
  • Small (10-49 number of employees)
  • Medium (50-249 number of employees) 
  • Large (250+ number of employees).

For each category, we will award the company with the highest score.

About the Award SDG Business Pioneers Award Ceremony

The Embassy of Sweden in Albania and UNDP will announce the winners of the 1st edition of the SDG Business Pioneers Award on 24 October 2023, during a Gala event taking place in the context of the United Nations Day in Albania.

Stay tuned to join us as we acknowledge and celebrate the companies that are contributing to meeting the Sustainable Development Goals and are making a positive impact on people and planet.

What is in it for you?

Be a Leader

  • Be recognized as an exceptional leader in your field. As a winner of the SDG Business Pioneers Award, you will be recognized as a company with a commitment to sustainability.  Holding this prestigious award sets you apart – being recognized as an SDG Pioneer is a powerful statement about your commitment to creating positive change in Albania. As an added bonus, you will receive the SDG Pioneer Trophy and logos to be used in official business communications. 

Visibility and Promotion

  • Being part of the SDG Business Pioneers award provides companies with valuable exposure to a large audience. This heightened visibility can lead to a wide range of opportunity and solidify your reputation as industry leaders. Awardees will be promoted through major UN and UNDP events and channels. 

Networking and Collaboration Opportunities

  • As a holder of the SDG Business Pioneers Award, you will have the opportunity to connect with other like-minded individuals and organizations who are also working towards sustainable development in Albania. There are opportunities for potential collaborations, knowledge sharing, fostering innovation and sharing best practices.

Grab the opportunity

  • Better Business, Better World estimates sustainable business can unlock at least $12 trillion in new market value and increase employment by up to 380 million jobs by 2030. Put sustainable goals at the heart of your business and unleash your opportunities.

Who can apply?

  • Companies that are registered and operating in Albania.
  • Companies that are actively working towards one or more of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)
  • Companies that can evidence their sustainable achievements. 

Applications closed on 15 September 2023.

The SDG Pioneer Award Albania is organized under the project  ‘Business Partnerships and Solutions for SDGs’ which prepares and trains Albanian businesses for the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals in their business models. The project is funded by the Swedish International Development Agency (SIDA) and implemented by UNDP, FAO, ILO and UNIDO.