Young leaders eager to create a brighter future


Unilever en het Cambridge Programme for Sustainability Leadership hebben de zeven finalisten bekendgemaakt voor de Unilever Sustainable Living Young Entrepreneurs Awards 2013. (Bericht alleen uitgegeven in het Engels.)

Finalists of First Unilever Sustainable Living Young Entrepreneurs Awards Announced

London & Rotterdam – November 26 2013 – Unilever and the Cambridge Programme for Sustainability Leadership (CPSL) today announced the seven finalists for the inaugural Unilever Sustainable Living Young Entrepreneurs Awards 2013. The international awards programme is designed to inspire young people around the world to tackle environmental, social and health issues. The competition is for anyone aged 30 years or under, and the awards were looking for inspiring practical, tangible solutions to help make sustainable living commonplace.

Out of 510 entries from 90 countries, seven finalists were selected. The candidates submitted scalable and sustainable solutions in the form of products, services or applications that enable changes in practices or behaviours in, for example: sanitation and hygiene; water scarcity; greenhouse gases; waste; sustainable agriculture; and helping smallholder farmers.

Unilever CEO Paul Polman said: “We are delighted to have had such a great number of entries, and of such high calibre from all corners of world. The entries provide proof – if it were needed – of a young generation of leaders eager to develop their fledgling businesses into ones that could genuinely make a big difference. Using our energy, innovation and resourcefulness to support them will, I believe, accelerate the development, multiply the difference and help create a brighter future for all.”

The seven finalists are:

Garbage Clinical Insurance, Gamal Albinsaid, 24 (Indonesia)
Waste recycling as a currency for primary health care
NextDrop, Anu Sridharan, 26 (India)

Water use optimization and leakage tracking via a real time data and messaging system
Unfire, Blessing Mene, 26 (Nigeria)

Low-cost chicken-feed (using waste mango seed ) for smallholder farmers
Maya Universe Academy, Surya Karki, 23 (Nepal)
Sustainable collective farming for rural Nepalese communities, with farm profits use to fund free schools
X Runner, Isabel Medem, 28 (Peru)
Water-less toilets in slums; converted into saleable compost
Pigeonpea, Curt Bowen, 26 (Guatemala)

Smallholder farmer crop solution for natural, sustainable soil enrichment and greater income
Ilumexico, Manuel Wichers, 26 (Mexico)
Carbon-free renewable energy from solar lamp network plus micro-loans

Polly Courtice, CPSL Director said: “We have been immensely impressed by the strength and diversity of the applicants in this first year of the awards. We look forward to welcoming the finalists to Cambridge and starting to support a vibrant new network of young leaders for change.”

The finalists will take part in a four week development programme followed by an accelerator workshop in Cambridge, UK, at which expert help and professional guidance will be provided to help them develop their ideas. This will be followed by a pitch to a panel of judges in London, comprising entrepreneurs and leaders from business and sustainability. The winner and finalists will attend a prestigious dinner in London on 30 January 2014 at which the HRH The Prince of Wales Prize will be presented. 

The Prize winner will receive €50.000 in financial support and individually tailored mentoring, the six finalists will each receive €10.000 in financial support and mentoring. Four runners-up will also receive an on-line development programme to help them further develop their ideas.

The 2014 programme will be launched early in the Summer of next year and young entrepreneurs willing to participate can register via http://www.changemakers.com/SustLiving

About Unilever

Unilever is one of the world’s leading suppliers of Food, Home and Personal Care products with sales in over 190 countries. Our products are present in 7 out of 10 homes globally and are used by over 2 billion people on a daily basis. We work with 173,000 colleagues around the world and generated annual sales of over €50 billion in 2012.

Over half of our company’s footprint is in the faster growing developing and emerging markets (57% in Q1 2013). Working to create a better future every day, we help people feel good, look good and get more out of life. Our portfolio includes some of the world’s best known brands such as Knorr, Persil / Omo, Dove, Sunsilk, Hellmann’s, Lipton, Rexona / Sure, Wall’s, Lux, Rama, Pond’s and Axe, 14 of which now generate a turnover of €1 billion or more.

Our ambition is to double the size of our business, whilst reducing our overall environmental footprint (including sourcing, consumer use and disposal) and increasing our positive social impact. We are committed to helping more than a billion people take action to improve their health and well-being, sourcing all our agricultural raw materials sustainably by 2020, and decoupling our growth from our environmental impact. Supporting our three big goals, we have defined seven pillars, underpinned by targets encompassing social, environmental and economic areas. See more on the Unilever Sustainable Living Plan at www.unilever.com/sustainable-living/.

Unilever has been recognised in the Dow Jones Sustainability World Indexes for 14 consecutive years. We are included in the FTSE4Good Index Series and attained a top environmental score of 5, leading to inclusion in the FTSE4Good Environmental Leaders Europe 40 Index.

In 2012 Unilever led the Climate Counts Company Scorecard and the list of Global Corporate Sustainability Leaders in the GlobeScan /Sustainability latest annual survey – both for the third year running. The company is an employer of choice in many of the countries in which it operates and is seen as a symbol for innovation and leadership development. For more information about Unilever and its brands, please visit www.unilever.com

About the University of Cambridge Programme for Sustainability Leadership (CPSL)

In 2013, the Cambridge Programme for Sustainability Leadership (CPSL) celebrates its 25th anniversary of working with leaders on the critical global challenges faced by business and society.

CPSL contributes to the University’s mission and leadership position in the field of sustainability via a mix of executive programmes, business platforms and strategic engagements, informed by world-class thinking and research. Its leadership network consists of more than 5,000 alumni from leading global organisations and an expert team of Fellows, Senior Associates and staff.

HRH The Prince of Wales is the patron of CPSL, which is a member of The Prince’s Charities, a group of not-for-profit organisations of which His Royal Highness is President.

www.cpsl.cam.ac.uk

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