SDG Pioneers 2023

Celebrating business leaders who are advancing the Sustainable Development Goals through a principles-based approach.

Meet the UN Global Compact Network UK 2023 SDG Pioneers!

SDG Pioneer Winner 2023 - Solitaire

Representing an SME:
Solitaire Townsend, Co-founder & Chief Solutionist at Futerra

Solitaire is an author, renowned sustainability expert and optimist. As Co-founder & Chief Solutionist at Futerra (edie's 2023 Consultancy of the Year), she advises the world's most influential organisations to activate the Sustainable Development Goals. Solitaire was named a Sustainability Leader of 2023 by Ad Week and Positive News calls her one of the leading voices changing the climate narrative. Her popular TED talk, Forbes column, and most recent book – The Solutionists: How Businesses Can Fix the Future – are available online.

SDG Pioneer Winner - Uzma

Representing a Large Company:
Uzma Hamid-Dizier, Director of Responsible Business and Inclusion at Slaughter and May

Uzma leads on the firm’s Responsible Business Committee and the implementation of the responsible business strategy. She works closely with the senior leadership to integrate responsible business into the firm’s everyday business culture and strategy. Uzma is specialised in the delivery of business transformation and change programmes to create more open, inclusive, and engaged workplaces that positively contribute to the societies in which they operate. She is a globally experienced diversity and inclusion and responsible business professional, with over 20 years of expertise in the corporate sector, previously holding roles at KPMG, HSBC, and the United Nations. Uzma also spearheaded a collaboration with seven other founding firms to launch Legal CORE and co-chairs the leadership-led, cross-firm collective which is aimed at tackling the underrepresentation of ethnic minority groups in the UK legal sector.

Our Previous Winners

2019  Winner


Regan Leahy
2019 Global Compact Network UK SDG Pioneer
(then) Hogan Lovells

2020  Winner

2020 UK SDG Pioneer - Fran Baker

Fran Baker
UN Global Compact Network UK SDG Pioneer
Director of Sustainability & Social Impact

2022  Winner

2022 SDG Pioneers Winner David Orr

David Orr
UN Global Compact Network UK SDG Pioneer
2022 Global SDG Pioneer for Climate Mitigation
Product Lead – Moata Net Zero
Mott MacDonald

Read about David’s experience as an SDG Pioneer here >>>

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