The fifth year of the SDGs Awards has started
The fifth year of the SDGs Awards is here. The Association of Social Responsibility awards the best projects for fulfilling the UN Sustainable Development Goals in the Czech Republic. This year's edition will also bring, among other things, a free educational program called the SDGs Academy which will present a series of educational events with top experts in the field.
This year, the prestigious award will be given in the categories of Business, Public Sector, Young Leaders, Reporting and Education. The SDGs Awards will again include the Czech Development Agency Award for significant contribution to the fulfillment of global goals and principles of foreign development aid. There will also be a special Moonshot Award for innovative projects with the potential to shoot to the moon, in cooperation with the Moonshot Platform initiative, a winner will join the Moonshot Awards World Finals in New York.
Registrations of projects for the SDGs Awards 2021 took place in March and a total of 238 projects applied.
“It is not a coincidence that the Czech Republic became the first country in the world where awards began to be presented. Applying is a great opportunity not only for large global companies, but also for small and medium-sized enterprises from regions, including non-profit organizations, schools and cities or municipalities, to show how they help with their businesses and activities to meet the principles of sustainable development,” says Lucie Mádlová, founder and executive director of the Association of Social Responsibility.
The winners of the SDGs Awards 2021 will be presented at a ceremony at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in the Czernin Palace on Thursday, September 16, 2021.
The SDGs Awards will educate and entertain the whole family
The basis of any advanced society is quality education as a process of learning and acquiring knowledge, skills and values of beliefs and habits. “Google’s long-term missions in the Czech Republic include Internet innovation, support for Czech business, and digital literacy education. The year 2020 showed us all that digital skills are absolutely key to our future. That is why this year we will focus our educational activities mainly on them. Related to our annual support for the SDGs Awards, this year we will continue to look for innovative projects with a positive impact on society,” says Taťána le Moigne, Director of Google Czech republic, Slovakia, Hungary and Romania.
This year’s accompanying campaign focuses on education. In cooperation with the Impact Hub Czech Republic and other partners of the SDGs Awards, the SDGs Academy was established. It will be open to the public for free in the form of events and an interactive online library with educational materials. The program of the SDGs Academy will start on April 22, 2021 on Earth Day with an online event on the topic of How to contribute to the renewal of the planet.
The SDGs Awards will also include other interesting activities, the main goal of which will be to present the Sustainable Development Goals to the general public, including the smallest ones, in an entertaining way. For the fifth year of the SDGs Awards, a narrative fairytale book for children and adults is being created by authors Bára Nesvadbová and Lucie Mádlová, with illustrations by Renáta Fučíková. The story will also be presented audiovisualy in the form of a videomapping on the Czernin Palace in Prague as part of the SDGs Awards ceremony in September. After that, videomapping will be available to the public on the occasion of European Sustainable Development Week.
According to the Minister of the Environment, Richard Brabec, the European Sustainable Development Week represents a unique opportunity not only for companies and municipalities, but also for public administration to show how they are becoming more sustainable from year to year. “Thousands of conferences, exhibitions, workshops, seminars, film screenings and other events are taking place across Europe this week. Every year, the Czech Republic actively participates in the Sustainability Week with dozens of its own activities, ” adds Richard Brabec.
The SDGs Awards 2021 are announced by the Association of Social Responsibility in cooperation with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Ministry of the Environment, the Czech Development Agency and the Impact Hub Czech republic. The Moonshot initiative is a partner of a special Moonshot Award. This year’s business partners are Hello Bank!, Google with the Grow with Google program, Tesco and Unilever. Media partners are DVTV.cz, Forbes Česko, Marketing & Media, CzechCrunch and Euro. The research partner is IPSOS agency. The campaign graphics are created by the MadLove creative studio.