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Canadian Organizations Tackling the SDGs Will Be Awarded at the 2nd Annual SDG Awards

Published 09-11-17

Submitted by Global Compact Network Canada

Businesses and organizations are given a chance to showcase their efforts to help advance action towards the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) at the 2nd annual SDG Awards. Winners will be determined through public voting - cast your vote now!

To proliferate and help promote action towards the 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals, the Global Compact Network Canada will be hosting the 2nd annual SDG Awards on September 28th, 2017.

The Lieutenant Governor of Ontario, Her Honour the Honourable Elizabeth Dowdeswell will open the ceremony with her remarks. Celina Caesar-Chavannes, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of International Development, will also give remarks during the ceremony. 

Ceremony attendees can expect to see presentations from winning organizations on their efforts to embed the SDGs, and would be able to gauge a private sector snapshot on the progress of the UN Agenda 2030 in Canada.

The Awards ceremony is invite-only and will consist of attendees from all nominated companies, and representatives from different industries and sectors, including civil society, government, and academia. Respected leaders and government officials will also be present at the event. The event is sponsored by Host Sponsor, Teck Resources; Bronze Sponsors Frontera Energy and Kinross Gold

About the SDG Awards

Last year, the Awards highlighted the business case for advancing action on the 17 SDGs and this year, the main objective for the awards is to recognize business efforts to advance the SDGs as a way to promote its adoption in Canada and to provide best practice examples for embedding the 17 Global Goals.

The Canadian Chapter of the United Nations Global Compact hopes that the Awards will spark interest among organizations who are not currently embedding the SDGs and help foster existing SDGs-related initiatives that are helping to advance action towards the 17 Global Goals. 

Award Submissions & Public Voting

The Awards present a fantastic opportunity for businesses to showcase their commitment to sustainability and the UN's Agenda 2030. Furthermore, the Awards act as an opportunity for other companies to grasp upcoming trends and current industry best practices around the SDGs, and to benchmark their company's sustainability initiatives with industry peers

”Often private sector organizations don’t know where to start or how to explore options to embed the SDGs to their company’s sustainability strategy, the SDG Awards provides a great opportunity for those companies to join the discussion and be part of one of the largest SDGs- related initiative in Canada. ” explains Helle Bank Jorgensen, President of the Global Compact Network Canada. 

Details on the application and nomination process are available on the Global Compact Network Canada’s website. Online public voting began on July 28th and will continue through September 14th. Nominees with the most votes will be determined as the winners in two categories – small/medium sized organizations or large organizations.

Official Web Page for the SDG Awards 2017: http://globalcompact.ca/sdg-awards-2017/ 

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The UN Global Compact is the world’s largest voluntary corporate responsibility initiative with over 10,000 signatories in 130 countries committing to ten universally accepted principles. The Global Compact Network Canada builds the capacity of the Canadian corporate sector to embrace sustainable business practices.

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