Who is behind SDG Accelerator? 

SDG Accelerator is a programme by UNDP’s Nordic Representation Office. It is funded by The Danish Industry Foundation. Monitor Deloitte is the implementing partner on the innovation programme. The programme 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.

United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)

The SDG Accelerator is a programme by UNDP's Nordic Representation Office.

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 to develop policies, leadership skills, partnering abilities, institutional capabilities and build resilience in order to sustain development results.

As such, 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.

UNDP’s Strategic Plan 2018-2021 sets out the direction for a UNDP, optimized to help countries achieve the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. With an improved business model making UNDP more effective, transparent and accountable, they can deliver stronger results for those they serve.

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The Danish Industry Foundation

The SDG Accelerator is funded by and developed together with The Danish Industry Foundation.

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

The Foundation supports projects that generate application-oriented knowledge, new competences and innovation, benefiting 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. All projects must be open-sourced, and consistent with our mission and strategy. Thus, the Foundation's secretariat is actively engaged in all projects, and emphasizes communicating and sharing the findings and outcomes for the benefit of the applicants, companies, scientific community and other stakeholders.

Established in 1898, the Danish Industry Foundation is a registered business foundation and reports its annual accounts to the Danish Business Authority. In cooperation with the secretariat, a board of directors governs the Foundation's equity of approximately 650 Million Euros.

Read more about The Danish Industry Foundation here


Monitor Deloitte

Monitor Deloitte is the commissioned consultancy group on the innovation programme of the SDG Accelerator process in Denmark. 

Monitor Deloitte’s strategy practitioners combine deep industry insights with cutting edge methods to help leaders resolve their most critical decisions, drive value, and achieve transformational success. Monitor Deloitte is the multinational strategy consulting practice of Deloitte Consulting. Monitor Deloitte specializes in providing strategy consultation services to the senior management of major organizations and governments. It helps its clients address a variety of management areas, including: Corporate & Business Unit Strategy, Digital Strategy, Demand Analytics, Innovation, Organization and Leadership, Economic Development and Security, Marketing, Pricing & Profitability.

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Other key partners

The Danish Investment Fund for Developing Countries (IFU)

The Danish Investment Fund for Developing Countries (IFU) is an implementing partner in SDG Accelerator. 

IFU provides advisory services and risk capital to Danish companies wishing to do business in developing countries and emerging markets. 

IFU provides risk capital and advice to companies wishing to set up business in Africa, Asia, Latin America and parts of Europe. Investments are made on commercial terms in the form of equity and loans. The purpose is to contribute to economic and social development in the investment countries.

IFU and IFU managed funds have co-invested in more than 1200 companies in 100 countries in Africa, Asia, Latin America and parts of Europe. Committed investments total DKK 184 billion, of which IFU has contributed DKK 20 billion.

Read more about IFU here


The SDG Accelerator’s Advisory Board

  • Anders Lendager, CEO, Lendager Group
  • Annette Hastrup, CEO, Vugge til Vugge
  • Dorte Gram Nybroe, Director of SME and Entrepreneurship, the Confederation of Danish Industry (DI)
  • Flemming Besenbacher, Chairman of the Board, Carlsberg and Carlsberg Foundation
  • Jimmy Maymann, Chair, UNLive Online Museum and TV2
  • Kasper Larsen, CCO, KLS Pureprint
  • Peder Holk, CEO, Novozymes
  • Peder Tuborgh, CEO, Arla Foods
  • Pernille Enggaard, Business and Finance Journalist
  • Susanne Stormer, Vice President of Corporate Sustainability, Novo Nordisk A/S
  • Thomas Kähler, Senior Vice President, ROCKWOOL Group
  • Torben Huss, CEO, Investment Fund for Developing Countries IFU
  • Torben Möger Pedersen, CEO, PensionDanmark


The SDG Accelerator's feedback group

  • Anne Gadegaard, Novo Nordisk A/S
  • Emil Damholt, BLUETOWN
  • Flemming Lynge Nielsen, Danfoss
  • Justin Perretson and Claus Stig Pedersen, Novozymes
  • Kasper Larsen, KLS Pureprint
  • Kati Ihamaki, Finnair
  • Kristian Østerling Eriknauer, Arla Foods