Unilever International Award, supported by Business Fights Poverty 2014

Recognising businesses that can demonstrate positive impact against one or more of the United Nations Millennium Development Goals.

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BITC's Sue Adkins gives her perspective on the entries for this year's Award.

The United Nation Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) form a blueprint addressing the needs of the world’s poorest in the least developed countries. The MDGs range from reducing extreme poverty by half, halting the spread of HIV/AIDS to providing universal primary education. The MDGs have galvanised significant and collaborative efforts by government, business and civil society internationally. In addressing these fundamental needs business has proved vital, and consequently benefited from greater risk management, enhanced reputation, security of supply chain and markets - all of which provides a strong business case for action.

This Award sponsored by Unilever identified those businesses that have positively impacted one or more of the MDGs.

The companies awarded a Big Tick in this category have positively impacted over seven million beneficiaries and contributed to addressing all of the MDGs. These companies are helping to eradicate extreme poverty, promote gender equality, support various aspects of the health agenda, and build global partnerships for development between civil society, business and governments. These programmes demonstrate innovation, scale and the potential to be replicated, highlighting the importance of business as a key enabler of the MDGS.

The following case studies provide more detail about the programmes that achieved a Big Tick and those shortlisted for the top accolade.

 

Glasgow Caledonian University - Grameen Caledonian College of Nursing
Unilever International Award, supported by Business Fights Poverty 2014 - Big Tick, Winner, Reaccredited 2015

Glasgow Caledonian University set up the Grameen Caledonian College of Nursing to support the poorest women in Bangladesh to become nurses, reducing mortality rates.

Published: June 2014
Two south asian women wearing saris treating a child in front of a crowd of women and children. Photo credit: CARE/Kate Holt
Unilever International Award, supported by Business Fights Poverty 2014 - Big Tick, Winner (large company), Reaccredited 2015, 2016.

GSK has committed to reinvest 20 per cent of profits made in least developed countries (LDCs) back into those countries to develop health infrastructure through training frontline health workers.

Published: June 2014
SSKV students recieving their prize - part of Tata Consultancy Services InsighT programme
Unilever International Award, supported by Business Fights Poverty 2014 - Big Tick, Highly Commended, Reaccredited 2015, 2016.

Tata Consultancy Services has implemented InsighT, an IT camp which mentors students in India to improve their IT proficiency and employment prospects and help plug the IT skills gap.

Published: June 2014
Credit Suisse - Microfinance Capacity Building Initiative
Unilever International Award, supported by Business Fights Poverty 2014 - Big Tick, Shortlisted

Credit Suisse, through the Microfinance Capacity Building Initiative (MCBI), enable microfinance institutions to develop the people, products and processes which are needed to serve the financially excluded.

Published: June 2014
Ferrovial - Social Infrastructure Program
Unilever International Award, supported by Business Fights Poverty 2014 - Big Tick, Shortlisted, Reaccredited 2015

Ferrovial uses its expertise in infrastructure to improve the water and sanitation systems in disadvantaged communities in Africa and Latin America.

Published: June 2014
Marks and Spencer Global Community Programme - Emerging Leaders
Unilever International Award, supported by Business Fights Poverty 2014 - Big Tick, Shortlisted, Reaccredited 2015

Marks and Spencer’s partnership with NGO Emerging Leaders in Kenya rolls out leadership development training to grass roots workers, enabling a longer-term, more secure supply chain.

Published: June 2014
Agroamerica - Nutritious School Meal Programme
Unilever International Award, supported by Business Fights Poverty 2014 - Big Tick

Agroamerica supplemented children’s diets with bananas in the Nutritious School Meal programme to combat malnutrition, and reinforced the health and hygiene education of families.

Published: June 2014
BASF SE - Food Fortification Initiative
Unilever International Award, supported by Business Fights Poverty 2014 - Big Tick

BASF works in more than 40 developing countries implementing the Food Fortification Initiative to reduce vitamin and mineral deficiencies in at-risk people.

Published: June 2014
Danone - Ecosystem Fund
Unilever International Award, supported by Business Fights Poverty 2014 - Big Tick

Danone created the Ecosystem Fund to create social and economic value for the partners who make up Danone’s ecosystem: farmers, suppliers and subcontractors, transport and logistics operators, distributors, territories and local authorities .

Published: June 2014
Hogan Lovells International LLP - Hunger and Acute Malnutrition
Unilever International Award, supported by Business Fights Poverty 2014 - Big Tick

Hogan Lovells worked with Action Against Hunger to implement the Hunger and Acute Malnutrition project in Liberia, helping to keep child malnutrition below 5%.

Published: June 2014
Mondelēz International - Cocoa Life
Unilever International Award, supported by Business Fights Poverty 2014 - Big Tick, Reaccredited 2015, 2016.

Mondelēz International’s Cocoa Life programme aims to boost livelihoods and living conditions for 200,000 farmers and one million people in cocoa farming communities.

Published: June 2014
Shared Interest Society
Unilever International Award, supported by Business Fights Poverty 2014 - Big Tick, Reaccredited 2015, 2016.

Shared Interest Society asks its members to invest in a fairer world and helps people in some of the poorest countries trade their way out of poverty.

Published: June 2014

 

 

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