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Market leaders place sustainability as a fundamental business principle

Apply for the SDG Business Pioneers Award in BiH for 2024

In addition to all the challenges that the private sector faces in the world and in Bosnia and Herzegovina, those who are at the top show again and again that in addition to successfully dealing with them, they go one step further – they have made sustainability an integral part of their business practice.

If you’re in the process of establishing your company as an industry leader or a successful Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) compliant business, sometimes the results of your actions can speak for themselves – but when it comes to attracting the attention of customers, investors, or the media, it’s often even better to have ‘ proof’ of their efforts. An established and reliable SDG Business Pioneers Award in BiH can provide this extra shine.

The SDG Business Pioneers Award has been organized for six years and has so far highlighted numerous examples of good practice – companies of different sizes and from different business sectors have proudly shared their valuable steps towards a more sustainable business. Some of them are GS-Tvornica mašina from Travnik, dm, Dekonta BH, SEEBA, Lanaco, ZEOS eko-sistem, Ministry of Programming, Heidelberg Materials Cement BH, Smrčak company and many others.

Last year’s winners left their mark in the history of sustainable development in BiH, and the absolute winner of the SDG Business Pioneers Award in BiH for 2023 is the company Klika. Samir Eljazović, CEO of Klika: “We are proud that through all these years, with a strategic approach based on our values, and together with our team, we have created a company that truly lives everything that has been recognized through these awards. The victory in all three categories is a clear sign that Klika’s dedication to the elements of healthy and quality living and business, to people and the environment, is the right direction that we will firmly stick to in the future.”

Sustainability is the most important and urgent issue of our time. Being a sustainable company is invaluable for the environment, it can attract customers and improve the bottom line, and even save money by introducing more efficient and effective processes. However, being a sustainable company requires a lot of hard work, time and effort to achieve the set goals. But when you achieve them, your customers, investors and partners should know about it!

The call for applications is currently open to all BiH companies for the SDG Business Pioneers Award in BiH for 2024, and you can register your company by answering a few questions via the online form: https://businesspioneers.zamisli2030.ba/.

The application deadline is 15 March 2024.

The finalists will be promoted through the communication channels of the SDG2BiH program, as well as the communication channels of donors and partners, and the award winners will be announced and the trophies will be presented at the award ceremony. This Award follows changes in the market and this year, in accordance with new trends, the entire application process has been updated and follows the standards of the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) and ESG (Environmental, Social, Governance) standards.

The Award is organized as part of the “Translating the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) Framework in Bosnia and Herzegovina into Sustainable and Inclusive Growth” programme, financed by Sweden and implemented by UNDP in partnership with UNICEF and UN Women, within the overall support of the United Nations to the BiH authorities in implementing the SDG Framework in BiH. The official partner of this Award is the Foreign Trade Chamber of Bosnia and Herzegovina.