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Competition Format

8 Dec 2017

Competition Briefing

5 May 2017

Submission of Preliminary Proposals

19 May 2017

Judging of Preliminary Proposals


Selection of 10 Finalist Teams

1 – 30 Jun 2017

Practical Attachment at Assigned Organisations

14 Jul 2017

Submission of Final Proposals

27 Jul 2017

Team Presentation to Judging Panel

29 Aug 2017

Award Presentation at the 2020 GCNS Summit

Registration for 2020’s competition opens in first week of January 2020. Stay tuned!

The case competition is conducted in two phases.

In Phase 1, teams will have to attend a compulsory briefing where they will learn more about the SDGs, hear from CDL’s Chief Sustainability Officer, pick up tips from last year’s winning team and understand the format and timeline of the case competition. The case challenge for Phase 1 will be on CDL and the case study will be released after the briefing session. Preliminary proposals will be judged and only 10 finalist teams will be selected for Phase 2 of the case competition.

Competition Briefing
Date: 1 February 2020, Saturday

Venue: Singapore Sustainability Academy (SSA)
Skypark Level 6, City Square MaII
180 Kitchener Road
Singapore 208539

Registration: 9 am (Light bites will be served)
Event starts: 9.30 am
Event ends: 11.30 am

In Phase 2, each of the 10 finalist teams will be attached to an assigned organisations for a 3 to 5 days work attachment. During the work attachment, teams will have the opportunity to interact with the company representative(s) and learn first-hard about the challenges of implementing sustainability across complex operations and aligning it to the SDGs. The attachment will help in the preparation of the final proposal and it is mandatory for all members of the finalist teams to attend the work attachment. Should all team members be unable to attend the work attachment, teams must communicate this to the organisers.

Each finalist team will be mentored by an experienced youth mentor who will help provide advice and guidance to improve their final proposals and presentation. These youth mentors were winners in the previous editions of the CDL-GCNS Young SDG Leaders Award.

The 10 finalist teams will present their final proposals to a judging panel comprising sustainability leaders and experts from various industries.

2020 Competition Schedule

By 24 Jan 2020

Early Bird Registration.
Stand to win attractive prizes

1 Feb 2020

Competition Briefing at Singapore Sustainability Academy

By 9 Feb 2020

Closing date for Registration

20 Mar 2020

Submission of Preliminary Proposal

First week of May 2020

Notification of Preliminary Judging Results

Mid-May to Jun 2020

3-5 days work attachment
(For finalist teams only)

5 Jul 2020

Submission of Final Proposal

11 Jul 2020

Final Judging

Nov 2020

Award Presentation and Champion Team’s Presentation at GCNS Summit.

Judging Criteria

The preliminary and final proposals are assessed based on the following criteria and score weightage:

Phase 1 (Preliminary Proposal) 
Understanding of circular economy principles, as well as CDL's business strategy, operations and overall sustainability strategy
Development and analysis of the proposed solutions45%
Feasibility and effectiveness of proposal solutions25%
Overall quality of proposal10%
Phase 2 (For Finalist Teams) 
Understanding of case company's business strategy, operations and overall sustainability strategy30%
Development and analysis of the proposed solutions35%
Feasibility and effectiveness of proposal25%
Overall quality of proposal10%
Bonus Points
1. Quality engagement with youth mentors5 points
2. Quality engagement with the case company5 points