Global Compact Network UK recognises Regan Leahy for championing the Sustainable Development Goals
London, 24th June 2019— At its Making Global Goals Local Business UK flagship conference, Global Compact Network UK recognised the first-ever UK SDG Pioneer — a young business leader who is championing the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) through their company and inspiring others to advance the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
Chosen from over a competitive number of nominations, the Network is proud to recognise Regan Leahy as its SDG Pioneer. Regan developed Hogan Lovells’ first-ever global skills-based volunteering programme, Barefoot Futures, that seeks to inspire young people in advancing the SDGs in their communities. Overall, 250 volunteers have reached 1,000 young people in 23 schools in 8 countries, with 90% of students agreeing to contribute towards achieving the SDGs in their daily life. The Ten Principles are integrated into Barefoot Futures as well as the Global Goals workshop aimed at educating and inspiring commercial clients of the firm to act for the SDGs,
“We were really impressed with the quality of entrants and the high level of engagement in our member companies around the UK. It was an impressive group of applicants and a was a very difficult decision. We are delighted to have Regan as our well-deserved 2019 UK SDG Pioneer” says Steve Kenzie, Executive Director of the UN Global Compact Network UK.
As the winner of the national round, Regan Leahy will now compete in the global round along with other candidates for the title of 2019 UN Global Compact SDG Pioneers. The global winners will be announced this September in New York during the UN General Assembly.
“We are excited to help young professionals innovate new business solutions to address today’s global challenges,” says Lise Kingo, CEO & Executive Director of the UN Global Compact. “Leadership in the 2030 era requires change agents. Change agents don’t sit around waiting for the future to happen. They create it. They do not choose the path of least resistance. They stay the course, also when they are ridiculed or fought. In the end — they win. They have the future on their side.”
About the SDG Pioneers Program
As a special initiative of the UN Secretary-General, the United Nations Global Compact works with companies everywhere to align their operations and strategies with ten universal principles in the areas of human rights, labour, environment and anti-corruption. Launched in 2000, the UN Global Compact guides and supports the global business community in advancing UN goals and values through responsible corporate practices. With more than 9,500 companies and 3,000 non-business signatories based in over 160 countries, and 70 Local Networks, it is the largest corporate sustainability initiative in the world.
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About Global Compact Network UK
The UN Global Compact’s aim is to mobilise a global movement of sustainable companies and stakeholders to create the world we want. The UK Network delivers an extensive programme of activity to support UN Global Compact Participants and Signatories to operationalise at the local level the UN Global Compact’s 10 principles that cover human rights, labour, environment and anti-corruption – and to promote the Sustainable Development Goals.
The 2019 SDG Pioneers programme has partly been made possible with generous support from Tuborg Foundation.
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