SARAYA received the Minister of Foreign Affairs Deputy Director Award at the inaugural Japan SDGs Awards. The ceremony was held at the Prime Minister's official residence on 26 December 2017, hosted by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The award was in recognition of SARAYA's contribution to the improvement of hygiene in Uganda, activities promoting biodiversity in Sabah, Malaysia, and encouraging the use of sustainable palm oil.
The Government of Japan established a Cabinet body, the SDGs Promotion Headquarters, headed by the Prime Minister and composed of all ministers on May 20, 2016, in order to ensure a whole-of-government approach to implementing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development in a comprehensive and effective manner. The Japan SDGs Awards provide incentive and promotion of good practice.