SDG Accelerator – new business solutions with the UN Sustainable Development Goals


The SDG Accelerator is a UNDP programme aiming to accelerate business solutions for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The programme is funded by The Danish Industry Foundation and is tested in Denmark in 2018 and 2019 with 30 Danish small and medium-sized industrial companies and then the aim is to roll out across the Nordics and globally.


More and more companies recognise the UN Global Goals as levers for innovation, growth and better competitive performance. The SDGs also make up a powerful framework for strengthening the companies’ purpose narrative and for attracting talents, customers and investors.

The SDG Accelerator runs for two years and offers the participating companies a unique opportunity for developing innovative solutions with a significant business potential and impact on the SDGs. Their work will be communicated to inspire other companies and make visible how the new global agenda for sustainable development can be operationalised in a business context, creating business benefits and impact on the SDGs.


Putting the SDGs to work

UNDP is the leading UN development organization with a presence in more than 170 countries and territories and a comprehensive network of global experts. As such, UNDP has a strong position in relation to implementing the SDGs across sectors, industries and markets. The SDG Accelerator focuses on adjusting existing knowledge and tools for each company and supports the company in operationalizing the SDGs in their specific business context.

The SDG Accelerator is developed in close collaboration with Nordic frontrunner companies with solid experience from integrating sustainability into innovation and business strategy with a view to strengthen business performance and value creation that also have SDG impact. Monitor Deloitte is the implementing partner on the innovation programme.


Through the programme, the participating companies will receive the following:

Innovation Journey: The companies are part of a 6-month Innovation Journey focusing on fast-tracking ideas with strong SDG and business potential. The Innovation Journey comprises three one-on-one meetings with each company and two joint workshops with all companies, as well as global UN experts, other experts, relevant business partners and investors. The purpose is to ensure the right input for making the business and SDG ideas reality while building the right capabilities with each company.

Employee engagement: The companies are supported in translating the SDGs into internal communication and activities that can strengthen internal awareness on the SDGs and support employee engagement.

Profiling and communication: The companies are assisted in communicating their SDG commitment through social media and various other media platforms. Progress and results from the SDG Accelerator are shared and communicated as inspiration for other companies in Denmark and internationally. Finally, the SDG Accelerator will be made publicly available to all interested actors on various plat-forms.


To kick-start the programme, all companies are invited for a CEO event aiming to inspire and celebrate those company leaders who are seizing the new Global Goals.


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