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Competition Format

8 Dec 2017

Competition Briefing

24 Feb 2017

Teams to work on a Preliminary Proposal

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 (for Finalists Teams only)

14 Jul 2017

Submission of Final Proposals

27 Jul 2017

Team Presentation to Judging Panel

29 Aug 2017

Award Presentation at the 2019 GCNS Summit

Closing date for registration has been extended to 12 April 2019.

The competition is conducted in three phases.

In Phase 1, teams will have to attend a compulsory briefing where they will understand the format and timeline of the competition, hear from CDL’s Chief Sustainability Officer and pick up tips from last year’s winning team. Each team will have to work on a preliminary proposal based on a leading large organisation in the real estate industry.

Competition Briefing
Date: 15 April 2019, Monday

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

Registration: 3.30 pm
Event starts: 4 pm
Event ends: 6 pm

In Phase 2, all submitted proposals will be reviewed and evaluated by the organisers, and finalist teams will proceed to the next phase.

In Phase 3, 10 finalist teams will have the opportunity to be attached to 10 large organisations/ MNCs a period of 3 to 5 days. During the 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 finalist teams to attend the attachment.

Finalist teams 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 CSR Leaders Awards.

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

Competition Schedule

12 April 2019

Closing date for Registration

15 April 2019

Competition Briefing

10 May 2019

Submission of Preliminary Proposal

31 May 2019

Notification of Preliminary Judging Results

3 June to 28 June 2019

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

26 July 2019

Submission of Final Proposal

24 August 2019

Final Judging

12 November 2019

Award Presentation at GCNS Summit

Judging Criteria

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

Successful Alignment of SDGs with Business Strategy & Operations and overall Sustainability Strategy
Clear understanding of the company’s core business and target markets5%
Sound analysis of company’s overall sustainability strategy and existing programmes10%
Analysis of how the SDGs are currently aligned and embedded across functions and business operations using assessment tools/ frameworks/ guidelines15%
Clear Identification and Prioritisation of SDGs, and Demonstrate how they can Translate into New Business Opportunities/ Innovations for the Company
Detailed analysis of material SDGs that the business can translate into new business opportunities/innovations. Include risk analysis and implications20%
Appropriate initiatives and programmes for stakeholders 5%
Measurement of Impact towards the SDGs 10%
Feasibility and Effectiveness of Proposal
Clear evidence of thinking out of the box/ Innovation10%
Due consideration of limitations and feasibility of implementation to achieve its objectives 10%
Consideration of costs and projected expenditures to ensure good return of investment5%
Overall Quality of Proposal
Clear presentation and organisation10%
Bonus Points will be given for the final judging should the following two criteria are also fulfilled
1. Quality Engagement with Mentors5 points
2. Company’s pledge to implement the proposed SDG integration by student teams5 points