Youths Can Change the Future

Deadline: February 9th, 2020

Sustainability has become a mainstream business agenda. The global challenges such as poverty, climate change, biodiversity loss and gender inequality, can be tackled through greater action by businesses, accelerating the progress to a more sustainable world where no one is left behind. Studies show that responsible businesses committed to Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) integration generally outperform those that are lagging in climate actions and sustainability practices.

We believe that the youths today can shape the world of tomorrow by driving innovative business solutions and demand for responsible products.

Are you aspiring to drive change in our society and accelerate businesses’ commitment to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)? If you believe that businesses can do good for the community and the environment while doing well financially, the CDL-GCNS Young SDG Leaders Awards is for you!

Jointly organised by City Developments Limited (CDL) and Global Compact Network Singapore (GCNS), this annual case competition offers young people a platform to champion sustainable development and SDG integration into business for positive change.

Previously known as the CDL-GCNS Young CSR Leaders Award, the competition has nurtured over 1,400 young leaders since inception in 2011. By aligning with the global goals for sustainable development, the Award seeks to educate and empower young leaders with SDG knowledge and skills, while inspiring companies in Singapore totake concrete actions for the SDGs.


Students from 17 to 25 years old are welcome to form teams of three to five members. Participants must be Singaporeans, Permanent Residents or Student Pass holders currently enrolled in Integrated Programme schools, Junior Colleges, Institute of Technical Education, Polytechnics, Universities and International Schools in Singapore.


Winners and finalists will receive attractive cash prizes. Prizes and certificates will be given out at an award ceremony at the GCNS Summit 2020 organised by the Global Compact Network Singapore in November 2020.

1st Prize: $10,000

2nd Prize: $4,000

3rd Prize: $2,000

Consolation Prizes: $500

(Bonus: Complimentary GCNS Youth Alliance Membership for all ten finalists.)

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