Frequently asked questions


What is the SDG Accelerator?

The SDG Accelerator is a UNDP programme aiming to accelerate business solutions with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

The programme is funded by The Danish Industry Foundation and is tested in Denmark in 2018 and 2019 with a total of 30 Danish small and medium-sized industrial companies.  UNDP's aim is to roll out the SDG Accelerator programme across the Nordics and afterwards on a global scale.

The SDG Accelerator offers the participating companies a unique opportunity for developing innovative solutions with a significant business potential and impact on the SDGs. Their work will be communicated to inspire other companies and make visible how the new global agenda for sustainable development can be operationalised in a business context, creating business benefits and impact on the SDGs. Read more.

Who is behind the SDG Accelerator?

SDG Accelerator is a programme by United Nations Development Programme’s (UNDP) Nordic Representation Office (NRO) and The Danish Industry Foundation

Monitor Deloitte is the commissioned consultancy group on the innovation programme of the SDG Accelerator in Denmark. The SDG Accelerator is developed in close collaboration with Nordic frontrunner companies with solid experience from integrating sustainability into innovation and business strategy with a view to strengthen business performance and value creation that also have SDG impact. In addition, the SDG Accelerator has an Advisory Board consisting of the following members:

  • Torben Möger Pedersen, CEO, PensionDanmark
  • Flemming Besenbacher, Chairman of the Board, Carlsberg and Carlsberg Foundation
  • Peder Holk, CEO, Novozymes
  • Torben Huss, CEO, Investment Fund of Developing Countries IFU
  • Anders Lendager, CEO, Lendager Group
  • Kasper Larsen, CCO, KLS Pure Print
  • Jimmy Maymann, Chair, UNLIVE Online Museum
  • Pernille Enggaard, Business and Finance Journalist and Radio Host, Millionærklubben, Radio24syv
  • Annette Hastrup, CEO, Vugge til Vugge
  • Thomas Kähler, Senior Vice President, ROCKWOOL Group
  • Peder Tuborgh, CEO, Arla Foods
  • Dorte Gram Nybroe, Director of SME and Entrepreneurship, the Confederation of Danish Industry (DI)
  • Susanne Stormer, Vice President of Corporate Sustainability, Novo Nordisk A/S

The programme also has a feedback group consisting of representatives from Novozymes, Novo Nordisk, Finnair, KLS Pureprint, Bluetown, and Arla Foods. 


What is UNDP?

The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) is the leading UN development organization with a presence in more than 170 countries and territories and a comprehensive network of global experts. UNDP helps countries develop policies, leadership skills, partnering abilities, institutional capabilities and to build resilience in order to sustain development results.

Therefore, UNDP has a strong position in relation to implementing the SDGs across sectors, industries and markets.

As countries implement the 2030 Agenda, UNDP is by their side. UNDP’s strength comes from having the trust of developing countries, owing to its impartial character, longstanding presence and commitment to the poorest and most vulnerable. UNDP also plays a key role as the backbone of the wider UN Development System, helping agencies work together for sustainable development.

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How is UNDP related to the United Nations?

UNDP is at the centre of the UN’s efforts to reduce global poverty. At the global level, UNDP Administrator is the Vice-Chair of the United Nations Development Group (UNDG), which includes the UN’s key players in international development. UNDP is also helping to reinforce joint action on development in such forums as the Economic and Social Council, and the General Assembly of the United Nations. At the country level, UNDP plays two important roles, one as a partner for development work and the other as manager of the Resident Coordinator system. Through its "integrator role", UNDP provides dedicated support to policy advice and ‘whole of government/system’ solutions to multi-sectoral challenges. UNDP’s country, regional and global presence also supports integration across policy, programme, and operations.

What is The Danish Industry Foundation?

The Danish Industry Foundation develops and supports innovative, inspirational and economically sustainable projects and initiatives that strengthen the competitiveness of Danish industry.

The Foundation supports projects that generate application-oriented knowledge, new competences and innovation, that benefits the industry. Through inspiration and project development, the Foundation's means must help bridge cooperation between science and business. As well as supporting application-based projects, the Foundation also develops its own strategic initiatives within areas that can contribute to an overall strengthening of the industry and business communities.

Each year, the Foundation aims at funding projects for up to 30 Million Euros.

To read more about The Danish Industry Foundation;

What is the CEO component of SDG Accelerator?

Each year, 15 CEOs from different industries are invited to announce their ambition to identify new business opportunities with great impact on the SDGs. Leadership is then invited to a VIP event to celebrate their commitment together with the UN and government representatives. The CEOs will then contribute with ongoing public communication and sharing of stories. 

What is the Innovation Journey of SDG Accelerator?

The participating companies in SDG Accelerator are part of a 6-month Innovation Journey focusing on fast-tracking ideas with strong SDG and business potential. The Innovation Journey comprises three one-on-one meetings with each company and two joint workshops including a two-day Innovation Lab and an acceleration workshop with all companies, as well as global UN experts, other experts, relevant business partners and investors. The purpose is to ensure the right input for making the business and SDG ideas reality while building the right capabilities with each company.

What is the Employee Engagement component of SDG Accelerator?

All participating companies have access to four SDG impact campaigns crystalizing a call to action on the SDGs and a communication toolkit easing the internal and external stakeholder dialogue about the company’s commitment to the SDGs.

What does the profiling and communication component of SDG Accelerator consist of?

The companies are assisted in communicating their SDG commitment through social media and various other media platforms. Progress and results from the SDG Accelerator are shared and communicated as inspiration for other companies in Denmark and internationally. Finally, the SDG Accelerator will be made publicly available to all interested actors on various plat-forms.

How long is the programme and when does it take place?

The programme last for 10-12 months. The programme took place in 2018 and 2019. Stay tuned for more information on upcoming SDG Accelerators.

What is the cost of the programme?

In Denmark, in 2018 and 2019, there was a participation fee of 75.000 DKK.

What type of company can join the SDG Accelerator programme?

In Denmark, the SDG Accelerator is a programme for small and medium sized Danish industrial companies.  If you are not a small or medium sized industrial company, we still encourage you to contact us if interested: [email protected]

How many companies take part in the SDG Accelerator?

Over the period of two years (2018 and 2019) 30 Danish small and medium sized industrial companies participated in the SDG Accelerator. 15 companies in 2018 and 15 companies in 2019. Stay tuned for more information on upcoming SDG Accelerators.

We are not a Danish company. Can we still be part of the programme?

To begin with the programme is for Danish companies but it is not a requirement that you are based in Denmark. Denmark is being used as a testing ground for the SDG Accelerator programme over the course of two years (2018 and 2019). The programme was tested in Denmark in 2018 and 2019 and then the aim is to roll out across the Nordics and globally. The programme has already been implemented in Bosnia and Herzegovina and Moldova. Stay tuned for more information on upcoming SDG Accelerator both in Denmark and globally.  

Have you already selected the participating companies?

o   The companies in 2018 and 2019 have already completed the programme. Stay tuned for more information on upcoming SDG Accelerators.

How can my company apply to become part of the SDG Accelerator?

We do not currently have an open application process for the SDG Accelerator. However, if you are interested in hearing more about the prorgramme, please contact us on [email protected]

Do you share learnings online?

Yes. We will be sharing information regarding the programme on this site. Relevant learnings and inspirational cases from the participating companies, together with the Blueprint for the SDG Accelerator is made publicly available to all interested stakeholders and businesses via the SDG Accelerator site and through an open source format.

How can I contact you?

o   If you are a company and interested in the SDG Accelerator, please contact Valdemar Satoshi Røjle Christensen on [email protected]

o   If you are interested in working or collaborating with us, please contact Stine Kirstein Junge on [email protected]

o   For press inquiries, please contact Valdemar Satoshi Røjle Christensen on [email protected]

Where can I find more information?

You can find more information about the programme and our partners here.

How do I apply for a job with the SDG Accelerator?

For more information on this, please visit UNDP's Jobs site here.

How do I apply for an internship with the SDG Accelerator?

For more information on this, please visit UNDP's internship site here.