Youths Can Shape the World of Tomorrow

The CDL-GCNS Young SDG Leaders Award celebrates 10 years of nurturing young sustainability champions.

More than 150 youths from various institutes of higher learning attended the briefing session held at the SSA on 1 Feb 2020. Besides hearing from CDL CSO Ms Esther An, 2019’s champion team member, Lynette Lay, shared her positive experience in last year’s competition, as well as winning tips with the eager participants. At the end of the session, a live lucky draw was conducted to select three early bird teams that signed up for the competition.

6 MAY 2020 – This year marks the 10th anniversary of the CDL-GCNS Young SDG Leaders Award in nurturing young sustainability champions. An annual case competition for youths from 17 to 25 years old, this is one of the few and longstanding case competitions in Singapore that equips youths with the skills and know-how to integrate Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) into business strategy and operations, while inspiring participating companies in Singapore to take concrete actions for the SDGs.

The top 10 finalist teams – selected out of 120 entries which proposals were based on CDL as a case study – were announced in the first week of May 2020. These 10 finalist teams were matched with 10 participating companies and were required to complete a three to five-day work attachment with their assigned case company to learn first-hand about the challenges of implementing sustainability across complex operations and aligning it to the SDGs. (Afternote: Due to COVID19, the work attachment has been adapted to a digital format.)

Following the completion of the work attachments, the finalist teams would submit their proposed sustainability strategies and solutions of their assigned companies to a judging panel, which would determine the top three winners of 2020 competition. The awards presentation would be held at the digital GCNS summit in end-2020, where the champion team would present their winning proposal to corporate-sustainability practitioners.