The Spanish Global Compact Network  and the Rafael del Pino Foundation have presented the go!ODS Awards, which highlight the role of Spanish business and social entities that contribute to the materialization of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). These awards stand out initiatives that are already underway and have proven results, with the aim of being an inspiration for the entire Spanish private sector, promoting intersectoral collaboration and dialogue.

Thus, 17 projects have been recognized, one for each SDG. Some of the initiatives that have been highlighted are related to vaccination and child nutrition programs, alternative energy generation, rural repopulation projects, entrepreneurship and employment, road safety or the circular economy. Furthermore, it must be stood out the special recognition received by Amref Health Africa’s project against the female genital mutilation (FGM). Not only has it been highlighted as the best project to promote SDG 5 – Gender Equality, but it has also received special recognition from the jury, thus being recognized as the best initiative of all those presented.

During the award ceremony, the high commissioner of the Spanish Government for the 2030 Agenda Cristina Gallach, has drawn the attention to the responsibility that the society has to make Spain advances in the commitment to sustainability. In her own words, “Without the business world there won’t be the attainment of the 2030 Agenda.’

For his part, Ángel Pes, president of the Spanish Global Compact Network, has recognised the involvement of the Spanish business in sustainability. ‘With the launch of the go!ODS awards, we want to make a public recognition of the innovations that are already having a positive impact on sustainable development. Moreover, we would like to make a strong commitment to the dissemination of the 2030 Agenda. The go!ODS awards have a very important communicative dimension, aim at contributing to everyone knowing the SDG before 2020, as the National Action Plan claims. In addition, we are making companies and entities visible by exemplifying what they can do to contribute to 2030 Agenda’, he explained.

Along the same lines, María del Pino, president of the Rafael del Pino Foundation, has indicated that «the 17 Sustainable Development Goals need a context of freedom and market so that they can disseminate all their positive effects among all citizens. I know that freedom and market are not sufficient conditions. But I also know that these are necessary.’

A ‘best in class’ awards.

The projects awarded in the go!ODS ceremony have been proposed by some of the promoting entities of these awards, among which are different Spanish organizations that also have recognitions, programs or incubators with a focus on sustainable innovation: Accenture, Acción contra el hambre, Ashoka, Asociación Española de Fundaciones, Atresmedia, Comisión Europea, Cotec, Deloitte, El hueco, Endesa, Esade, Ferrovial, Fundación Repsol, Global Incubator, Iberdrola, IE Business School, Impact Hub, Indra, Ineco, IS Global, itdUPM, Merco, Obra Social ‘la Caixa’, Prisa, SC4Change, Ship2B and Telefonica.

According to this, the go!ODS Awards have highlighted projects that had already been recognized previously for their innovative character, constituting a ‘best in class’. The final objective: to boost an entrepreneurial ecosystem that promotes the SDGs.

The jury was formed by the following experts in sustainability and innovation: Diego Comín, professor of Economics at Dartmouth College and member of the Institute for New Economic Thought; Mercedes Delgado, senior lecturer at the MIT Sloan School of Management and director of research at the MIT Innovation Initiative Lab for Innovation Science and Policy; Javier García, founder of Rive Technology and Celera and professor at the University of Alicante; Antonio Garrigues, Honorary President of the Garrigues Law Firm and President of the Garrigues Foundation; Manuel Muñiz, Dean of the EI School of Public Affairs and Professor of Global Transformation Practice at Rafael del Pino Foundation; Joaquín Nieto, Director of the ILO Office for Spain; Belén Romana, Economist and Digital Business Director and Independent Advisor; Carmen Vela, former Secretary of State for Innovation, and Víctor Viñuales, Director of ECODES. For their decision, they have taken into account the criteria of impact and scalability, contribution to the dissemination of the SDG, articulation through alliances and linkage with the Spanish priorities of Agenda 2030.

The 17 awarded projects

SOCIAL SDG 1 Social impact investment in developing countries GAWA Capital
SDG 2 MOM. Innovation plan to combat child malnutrition ‘La Caixa’ Banking Foundation
SDG 3 Alliance for Childhood Vaccination ‘La Caixa’ Banking Foundation
SDG 4 Brave Up Brave Up
SDG 5 Combating FGM: Alternative Rite of Passage Amref Salud África
SDG 6 Auara Auara Social Enterprise
SDG 11 Alma Natura Alma Natura
SDG 16 ISO 18091: towards a methodology for the implementation and monitoring of the 2030 Agenda Participa Foundation
ECONOMICAL SDG 8 Together for the employment of the most vulnerable people. Accenture
SDG 9 RONIN: Road Network Information. Ineco
SDG 10 Bridge for billions Bridge for billions
SDG 17 Alianza Shire Iberdrola
ENVIRONMENTAL SDG 13 Vizzuality Simbiótica
SDG 14 Bound4blue Bound 4 Blue
SDG 15 Wild Hopper Drone Hopper