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Unilever backs sustainability innovation programme

Global FMCG giant Unilever is backing a new international awards programme designed to inspire young people around the world to tackle environmental, social and health issues. In partnership with the Cambridge Programme for Sustainability Leadership (CPSL), the overall winner will receive the HRH The Prince of Wales Young Sustainability Entrepreneur Prize.

Open to anyone aged 30 years or under, the awards are seeking innovative but practical solutions to help make sustainable living commonplace. Ideas should focus on enabling changes in practices in one or more of seven categories: water, sanitation and hygiene; nutrition; water scarcity; greenhouse gases; waste; sustainable agriculture; and helping smallholder farmers.

A total of more than €200,000 in financial support and individually tailored mentoring is on offer to help entrepreneurs develop and scale-up their initiatives.

Unilever ceo Paul Polman commented: “I believe that this award has the potential to be really exciting. Why? Because it provides a focal point for the power and creativity of young entrepreneurs who want to help find solutions for some of the world’s most urgent issues. There is no better way to use our energy, innovation and resourcefulness than spending it trying to create a better future for all in a world we want.

Applications must be submitted on-line by the closing date of 1 November 2013.


Picture credit: Dawn Hudson,

Cambridge Programme for Sustainable Leadership | Global | Awards


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