At Unilever, we believe the world will only succeed in delivering the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) if we all start to think and work differently. Recognising and collaborating with a new generation of the world’s most brilliant young changemakers is just one way to do this.
As Unilever CEO Paul Polman explains: “The entrepreneurial mindset of youth is continually inspirational. And the truth is that many of the boldest and brightest ideas on how to tackle the world’s challenges come from young social entrepreneurs. They are the changemakers who are challenging ‘business as usual’ and who are the future of sustainability. They, and I with them, are always asking – how can we do more? How can we go faster? What can we do to really make an impact and drive change at scale?
“I see a huge opportunity in bringing together the agility of entrepreneurs with the reach of big business, to revolutionise how we partner and collaborate. To really unlock entrepreneurial talent and unleash power towards tackling the SDGs.”
Since 2013, the Awards – run in partnership with the Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership (CISL) – have engaged almost 3,600 entrepreneurs, reached over 100 countries and produced 29 winners. Entries range from digital healthcare for female-only clinics in Pakistan, to a network of high-quality, low-cost daycare services to help women get to work.
Each past winner has brought a new perspective, an exciting opportunity and unbridled passion. And each had their own reason for applying...