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Sustainable Development Goals Award

Applications closed for 2023

Clifford Chance's annual global United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (UN SDGs) Award recognises and supports outstanding achievement in contributing towards the achievement of the UN SDGs.

2023's Award aims to recognise outstanding contributions towards widening access to sustainable economic opportunity, with the focus primarily on aligning with SDG 8 ("Promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all"), as well as the various targets under some of the other SDGs, e.g. 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 9 that are also relevant to widening access to sustainable economic opportunity.

The judges are particularly interested in award submissions that demonstrate innovative approaches that enable people to become economically self-sufficient, establish profitable businesses or access safe and secure employment, including through the use of technology. The submissions should also show potential to be replicated and scaled.

Clifford Chance will provide the winning organisation with a £50,000 donation and 500 pro bono hours. The winner will be chosen by a judging panel including representatives of Clifford Chance, the firm's strategic pro bono partners, and clients.

Key dates for 2023

  • Applications open from Monday 12 June 2023
  • Applications close on Thursday 20 July 2023
  • Winner announced October 2023

About the 2022 winner

Clifford Chance has named humanitarian, digital connectivity charity Jangala as the winner of its United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (UN SDG) award. Jangala is a British charity which works internationally with grassroots and large aid and development organisations to enable internet access for people in need of urgent aid or longer-term development assistance across the humanitarian crisis, education, healthcare and refugee fields.

Read more about Jangala

About the 2021 winner

Clifford Chance named environmental protection charity and voluntary carbon standard, Plan Vivo as the winner of its first ever Sustainable Development Goal award, developed with the objective of supporting non-governmental organisations (NGOs) whose work contributes to the achievement of the United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Plan Vivo, based in Scotland received a £50,000 donation and 500 hours of pro bono support over an 18-month period to support the next stage of its growth, in particular, its ability to measure and evaluate impact and better incorporate the inclusion of marginalised groups at the project design stage.

Read more about Plan Vivo.

Meet Jangala, the 2022 winner of the Clifford Chance Sustainable Development Goals Award

2022 winner Jangala is at a pivotal stage in progressing towards its goal of becoming the world's leading humanitarian technology organisation, with support  from Clifford Chance. Watch co-founder and Managing Director Richard Thanki tells us about Jangala's mission, the application process for the Award and what's next for the team!

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