Five nominees were shortlisted for the title of this year’s SDG Pioneer in Denmark. An external committee has individually assessed each candidate and the winner has been found: Charlotte Sølling, ESG Manger at Danish pension fund MP Pension.
Global Compact Network Denmark’s Executive Director Sara Krüger Falk surprised Charlotte Sølling in the canteen at MP Pension to hand over the winner diploma and a Global Goals football.
As an ESG Manager at MP Pension’s team for Responsible Investments, Charlotte is responsible for managing the fund’s global screening of companies in its portfolio to make sure that the investments are not breaching the ten principles of the Global Compact or obstructing sustainable business conduct. Judging from CEO Jens Munch Holst’s remarks Charlotte is very well-liked and respected at MP Pension:
“Those of us who know Charlotte understand that she contributes enormously to accelerate the sustainable transition and responsibility among those companies that MP Pension invests in. Therefore, I’m incredibly happy that she has been awarded the title of this year’s Danish SDG Pioneer today from a shortlist of five passionate young professionals.”
Charlotte has been one of five nominees for the title which have included young employees from a variety of different sectors including the food and building industries. The race was close between the five nominees, as all of them have made and are making extraordinary contributions to address some of the global problems put forth by the Sustainable Development Goals. However, based on the assessment of the external committee, which counts six of the most prominent voices within sustainability in Denmark, the title was granted to Charlotte Sølling.
What happens next?
This year’s SDG Pioneer will get the chance to deliver the closing remarks at the annual SDG Conference in the Confederation of Danish Industry on May 15, and more importantly she will enter the global SDG Pioneers campaign for the chance to become among 10 global SDG Pioneers who will be recognized during the UN General Assembly in September 2019.
Furthermore, Global Compact Network Denmark will invite Charlotte to a selection of events and activities throughout the rest of 2019 and the beginning of 2020.
About the campaign
The title of this year’s SDG Pioneer is awarded to a young professional from a Global Compact member company (aged 35 or under) committed to advancing the UN Sustainable Development Goals.
The Danish campaign is part of the UN Global Compact’s annual SDG Pioneers initiative which recognizes 10 SDG Pioneers from around the world. 17 local networks, including the Dutch and Egyptian, have participated in the campaign, and member companies have had the chance to nominate candidates until April 15, 2019.
This year’s campaign is part of the UN Global Compact and the Tuborg Foundation’s efforts to strengthen the engagement of young professionals from the business community in innovating and aligning business to the Global Goals. This is done in recognition of the need for new solutions and other ways of thinking – and for the young generation to be more involved in accelerating innovation to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals in 2030.