The Unilever Global Development Award: Dulas Ltd

Award Type: 

Longlisted for a Business in the Community Responsible Business Award

Action and Impact
Dulas has helped around 20 million people in the developing world access reliable healthcare and contributed to reducing mortality rates for children under the age of five by 50%. A cooperative, founded in 1982, to deliver renewable energy solutions to businesses and charities, the organisation develops and delivers a range of green technologies, from hydro dams in Austria, to solar powered vaccine refrigerators in Zambia.
The invention of its solar-powered medical refrigerator in 1982 has enabled the business to become one of the world’s leading suppliers of solar powered medical equipment.  This equipment is used in remote regions across Africa, Asia, the Pacic Islands and Latin America.
“The ambitions that gave rise to the Sustainable Development Goals – to end extreme poverty, inequality and climate change – are the same ambitions that sit at the very centre of our business operations,” says managing director, Phil Horton.
Sales of the Dulas solar refrigerators have nearly doubled since 2015, to £4.6m in 2017. Meanwhile, its ‘Solar Socket’ – a simple device that converts a solar-powered refrigerator into a multi-use stand-alone power source – was the runner up for the St Andrews Prize for the Environment 2017.