November 5, 2015

Unilever on a Hunt for Entrepreneurs with Big Ideas for a #BRIGHTFUTURE

Building on the success of the 2013 and 2014 Awards, Unilever Philippines is once again on a hunt for young Filipino social entrepreneurs aged 35 and under offering practical and innovative solutions to some of the world's biggest sustainability challenges.

The Unilever Sustainable Living Young Entrepreneurs Awards, run in partnership with the Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership  (CISL), and in collaboration with Ashoka, offer seven young people across the globe a total of more than P4M in financial support and individually tailored mentoring.  The overall winner also receives the prestigious HRH The Prince of Wales Young Sustainability Entrepreneur Prize.

Awards in partnership with the Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership and in collaboration with Ashoka offer young sustainability entrepreneurs over P4M in financial and tailored mentoring support

The Awards are part of Unilever's effort to support the United Nations Global Goals for Sustainable Development.  These ambitious goals set out to end extreme poverty, tackle climate change, empower women, secure universal water access, and reduce hunger by 2030.

This year, in support of its partnership with Global Citizen and Project Everyone, the company created eight categories of the 17 UN Global Goals for Sustainable Development which best align with its Unilever's Sustainable Living Plan. The eight categories are:

Global Goal 1 - No Poverty
Global Goal 2 - Zero Hunger
Global Goal 5 - Gender Equality
Global Goal 6 - Clean Water and Sanitation
Global Goal 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy
Global Goal 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
Global Goal 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production
Global Goal 13 - Climate Action

"Unilever supports the Global Goals because we see that there is not only a moral imperative, but that is also makes good business sense, " said Unilever Philippines chairman and CEO Rohit Jawa. "And we created these awards for young people because they will be the guardians of sustainable development long into the future.  We believe that given the chance and the right support, young people around the world can create positive movements for change and a brighter future," he added.

Application and Announcement
The Awards are hosted online at Ashoska Changemakers ( 

Applications must be submitted by the closing date of 12 midnight UK time on 18 November 2015.
Finalists will be announced in March 2016, with the Cambridge accelerator workshop and final judging in the following months.

The winners of the previous Awards demonstrate that innovative solutions can influence people across markets to buy smarter and live more sustainbly, and can provide businesses with tools to improve their productive, efficient and responsible use of natural resources.

The overall winner of last year's competition, Daniel Yu, developed a simple software solution that helps medical clinics in the developing world digitized and manage inventory records - delivering better outcomes for patients and improving efficiency across the supply chain.
Find out how to get involved by visiting and Twitter using #globalgoals #brightfuture

About Unilever
Unilever is one of the world's leading suppliers of Food, Home and Personal Care products with sales in over 190 countries and reaching 2 billion consumers a day.  It has 172,000 employees and generated sales of €48.8 billion in 2014. Over half (57%) of the company's footprint is in developing and emerging markets.  Unilever has more than 400 brands found in homes around the world, including Dove, Knorr, Domex, Lipton, Ben & Jerry's, and Magnum.
Unilever's Sustainable Living Plan (USLP) commits to:
• Decoupling growth from environmental impact.
• Helping more than a billion people take action to improve their help and well-being.
• Enhancing the livelihoods of millions of people by 2020.
Unilever was ranked number one in its sector in the 2014 Dow Jones Sustainability Index.  In the FTSE4Good Index, it achieved the highest environmental score of 5.  It led the list of Global Corporate Sustainability Leaders in the 2015 Globe/Scan/SustainAbility annual survey for the fifth year running, and in 2015 was ranked the most sustainable food and beverage company in Oxfam's Behind the Brands Scorecard.
Unilever has been named in Linkedln's Top 3 most sought-after employers across all sectors.
For more information about Unilever and its brands, please visit  For more information on the USLP:

About University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership (CISL)

The University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership (CISL) brings together business, government, and academia to find solutions to critical sustainability challenges.
Capitalising on the world-class, multidisciplinary strengts of the University of Cambridge, CISL deepens leaders' insight and understanding through its executive programmes, builds deep,  strategic engagement with leadership companies, and creates opportunities for collaborative enquiry and action through its business platforms.

Over 25 years, CISL have developed a leadership network with more than 6,000 alumni from leading   global organisations and an expert team of Fellows, Senior Associates, and staff.  HRH The Prince of Wales is the patron of CISL and has inspired and supported many of the institute's initiatives.

We are delighted to partner with Unilever on these groundbreaking awards - inspiring and equipping leaders of today and the future.

About Ashoka

Ashoka is the largest network of social entrepreneurs worlwide, with nearly 3,000 Ashoka Fellows in 70 countries putting their system-changing ideas into practice on a global scale.  Founded by Bill Drayton in 1980.  Ashoka has provided start-up financing, professional support services, and connections to a global network across the business and social sectors, and a platform for people dedicated to changing the world.  Ashoka launched the field of social entrepreneurship and has activated multi-sector partners across the world who increasingly look to entrepreneurial talent and new ideas to solve social problems.

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