At a ceremony held on 2 July 2021, at Kastel Fortress in Banja Luka, SDG Business Pioneers in BiH for 2021 were promoted.
A competition for SDG Business Pioneers is held on an annual basis with the aim to promote the efforts and engagement of the private sector in the field of sustainable development in Bosnia and Herzegovina.
The 2021 Award offers a better focus on the companies that create and retain jobs and are active in decarbonising their business activities, but it also introduces the category of SDG Award for Local Communities to recognize the local communities’ support to the private sector in the field of sustainable development. Having adopted a Framework for the implementation of Sustainable Development Goals and having established a Sustainable Development Council, this year Bosnia and Herzegovina levelled up its recognition of SDGs and 2030 Agenda and opportunities for a significant advancement of social, economic and environmental aspects in the country, as well as for strengthening a regional cooperation.
Despite COVID-19 pandemic conditions, this year has seen a record-breaking number of applicants, namely 75 companies submitted 106 applications. In 2019 there were 44 companies with 55 applications, while in 2020, 71 companies submitted 106 applications.
„Today, in this beautiful surrounding of Kastel, we celebrate Business Leaders and local communities who, through their work and operation, best promote and implement activities aimed at meeting the Sustainable Development Goals. Business leaders across the country have recognized the importance and the level of impact the private sector has and are committing to actively support creation of better-quality jobs and protecting the environment. Environmental protection, sustainable and smart development, acting to mitigate and combat climate change effects, while leaving no one behind, are at the core of Sweden’s support to Bosnia and Herzegovina “, stated Torgny Svenungsson, Deputy Chief of the mission with the Embassy of Sweden in B&H.