Project Management Institute

SDG Pledge Form FAQs

General Information


PMI aims to lead with purpose by our dedication to making a difference around the world and to advocate for People, Planet, and Purpose. This year we’re calling upon our community of changemakers to pull together in service and contribute our collective skills in support of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to make an impact on the world around us. As a member of the United Nations Global Compact (UNGC), we are committed to supporting the UNGC and their mission to advocate for universal principles like human rights, labor, environment, education and anti-corruption. 

The United Nations 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) serve as a blueprint to achieve a better and more sustainable future for all individuals worldwide. They address the challenges we face as a global community. These goals are scalable and applicable to all project leaders around the world allowing everyone equal opportunity to make an impact through service projects.

  1. No Poverty - Economic growth must be inclusive to provide sustainable jobs and promote equality.
  2. Zero Hunger - The food and agriculture sector offers key solutions for development, and is central for hunger and poverty eradication.
  3. Good Health and Well-Being - Ensuring healthy lives and promoting the well-being for all at all ages is essential to sustainable development.
  4. Quality Education - Obtaining a quality education is the foundation to improving people’s lives and sustainable development.
  5. Gender Equality - Gender equality is not only a fundamental human right, but a necessary foundation for a peaceful, prosperous and sustainable world.
  6. Clean Water and Sanitation - Clean, accessible water for all is an essential part of the world we want to live in.
  7. Affordable and Clean Energy - Energy is central to nearly every major challenge and opportunity.
  8. Decent Work and Economic Growth - Sustainable economic growth will require societies to create the conditions that allow people to have quality jobs.
  9. Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure - Investments in infrastructure are crucial to achieving sustainable development.
  10. Reduced Inequalities - To reduce inequalities, policies should be universal in principle, paying attention to the needs of disadvantaged and marginalized populations.
  11. Sustainable Cities and Communities - There needs to be a future in which cities provide opportunities for all, with access to basic services, energy, housing, transportation and more.
  12. Responsible Production and Consumption - Responsible Production and Consumption.
  13. Climate Action - Climate change is a global challenge that affects everyone, everywhere.
  14. Life Below Water - Careful management of this essential global resource is a key feature of a sustainable future.
  15. Life On Land - Sustainably manage forests, combat desertification, halt and reverse land degradation, halt biodiversity loss.
  16. Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions  - Access to justice for all, and building effective, accountable institutions at all levels.
  17. Partnerships for the Goals - Revitalize the global partnership for sustainable development.

PMI has set a goal to contribute 100,000 hours towards attaining these goals by December 2021. We are calling upon PMI staff, members, chapters, credential holders, volunteers and any individuals or organizations who want to get involved to their commitment in the form of hours of service. 

There are no minimum or maximum number of participants on a project.

Submitting a Pledge


In order to submit your pledge, navigate to Pledge Your Hours In Support of the 17 SDGs on your desktop, tablet or smartphone. 

Pledges can be submitted on behalf of an individual, a group of individuals, a PMI chapter, or a company or organization. 

One individual has the ability to submit multiple pledges on behalf of multiple chapters.

One individual has the ability to submit multiple pledges on behalf of multiple groups or organizations.

We want to see how excited you are about your project! Take advantage of the opportunity to share your enthusiasm, planning process, team members, etc. with us through images or videos. Your images or videos could be an inspiration to others to get involved.

Yes! If you don’t have an image or video ready and would still like to make your pledge, complete all required fields of the SDG Pledge Form and click submit. In order to submit an image or video at a later time, please contact [email protected].

After review, your image or video may be posted on PMI’s social media channels. Publication by PMI is not guaranteed. 

Upon completing required fields of the pledge form, you will be directed to a confirmation that your pledge has been received. 

Pledges cannot be modified via the pledge form once they are submitted. If you would like to modify your pledge, please contact [email protected].

Yes! We will only reach our goal of 100,000 pledged hours by working together. Feel free to share your pledge images and videos on your social media networks and websites using #PMImpact where applicable. 

Please contact PMI Customer Care for instructions on how to modify your PMI account.

Some projects may meet more than one of the UN 17 Sustainable Development Goals. Please select the goal to which your project is most closely aligned.

Based on your project plan and what you anticipate it will take to complete it, please estimate the number of volunteers that will be involved.

Absolutely! We encourage multi-year projects that will continue to impact the global community over time, along with short-term projects that will provide near-instant impact. 

The SDG Pledge goal of 100,000 hours is meant for 2021. However, we have committed to an overall goal of 200,000 hours by 2025. For this form, please complete hours that will be completed during 2021 and additional hours will be collected in the forthcoming years pledge campaigns.

Supported image files include JPG, PNG and BMP. File size is limited to 7MB.

Upon review and approval of your pledge content, PMI may share your image on their social media channels. We want to be sure you are recognized for your commitment to making a difference in the world by properly tagging your social media accounts where appropriate.

Your ongoing project absolutely counts towards the 100,000 hour goal. Identify which of the UN 17 Sustainable Development Goals best aligns with your project and enter hours projected for 2021 only when completing the pledge form.

Pledges cannot be modified via the pledge form once they are submitted. If you would like to add hours to your pledge, please contact [email protected].