On 19 November 2018 at the Global Compact Network Singapore (GCNS) 10th Annual Summit held at the Suntec Singapore Exhibition and Convention Centre, the three winning teams of CDL-GCNS SDG Leaders Award received their award certificates and prizes from Guest-of-Honour, Deputy Prime Minister Mr Teo Chee Hean.

About 80 entries were received from universities, polytechnics, junior colleges and high schools in this year’s competition. At the preliminary judging phase, the teams submitted their proposal based on CDL as the case study. After an intense round of evaluation, 10 finalist teams were then shortlisted to work on proposals for companies assigned to them. The finalist teams then competed to come up with impactful and feasible ideas for their assigned companies to unlock shared value of the SGDs. The panel of judges assessed their ability to analyse their assigned case company’s sustainability strategy, suggest how the company can better align their strategies with SDGs, and identify at least three SDGs that are most relevant to the company and new opportunities or innovations to support the advancement of these identified SDGs.

At the final judging round held in August 2018, it was “Team Matter Better”, a team comprising four students from the University of Hong Kong (HKU), Nanyang Technological University (NTU), Singapore Management University (SMU) and the Singapore University of Technology & Design (SUTD). The team stood out with their quality of ideas, sound understanding of the SDGs and recommendations for their assigned case company, Unilever’s sustainability strategy. As the champion team, the students received a prize amount of S$10,000 and award certificates. “Team Metonia” from Nanyang Polytechnic and “Team Flora and Fauna” from National University of Singapore (NUS) jointly emerged as the first runner-ups. Both teams received a prize of S$4,000 each and award certificates at the GCNS Summit.