2010 – UNDP/ICC/IBLF World Business and Development Award

Posted by nuru on 21 Sep 2010

172 nominations from 42 countries.

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Introduced by the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) in 2000, and now jointly organized with IBLF and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the Award Ceremony is part of the special focus on the Millennium Development Goals during the opening week of the UN General Assembly in New York. The biennial WBDA showcase the global best practices by businesses who apply their inclusive business expertise to the worldwide efforts to end poverty. These concrete examples are then shared with governments and businesses in the hopes of joining forces for poverty alleviation.

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An unprecedented 172 nominations were received this year, representing a variety of business and commercial endeavours, and included business associations, NGOs and individual companies from more than 42 countries. The 10 winning companies are engaged in diverse initiatives such as providing low-income housing in Mexico, assisting farmers in Sierra Leone integrate into sorghum value chains, and offering affordable maternal health services in India – all proving that investing in low-income communities can also drive business innovation and growth.

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Graham Baxter, Acting CEO of IBLF said: “The World Business and Development Awards continue to promote companies who use their core business in a way that contributes both to sustainable development and to their own commercial success. They aim to inspire more companies to realize that reducing poverty can also makes good business sense.”

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“We don’t need aid, what we need is good business. Stand up and fight corruption- it destroys the moral fabric of your organisation… once you start paying, you never stop – Dr Mo Ibrahim, Chairman of the Mo Ibrahim Foundation and Founder, Celtel International “

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At the Awards, senior level inputs showed a strong commitment from the UN, USAID and UK Government to drive collective action towards reducing worldwide poverty and driving positive change with poor communities.

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“Doing business with the poor has shown not only to be a potential boost to a company’s competiveness, but also —with the right business model— to be a force in the fight against poverty,” said UNDP Administrator Helen Clark. “Today, more business leaders recognize that true worth can come not only from profits but from making a positive difference. With five years left to achieve the MDGs, an innovative private sector must be part of the global partnership to lift millions of people out of poverty.”

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“The true spirit of the Awards lies in the pursuit of productive and innovative business driven solutions, in partnership with government and other partners, as well as building greater awareness of the MDGs in the business community,” explained International Chamber of Commerce Chairman Rajat Gupta.

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The ten winning initiatives (in alphabetical order) are:

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Cemex offers poor communities in Mexico the opportunity to produce construction materials that can be used to build or improve their houses, their communities or be sold for additional income.

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Eli Lilly and Company addresses the health challenges of tuberculosis (TB) and multi-drug resistant TB by successfully mobilizing over 20 partners on five continents to tackle the disease in all its forms.

GroFin, in partnership with the Shell Foundation, has developed a business model – successfully piloted in Africa – proven to create sustainable employment through the integrated provision of skills and finance to small and medium-sized enterprises.

Heineken has developed a sustainable local supply chain for Sierra Leone Breweries Ltd, the local subsidiary of Heineken in Sierra Leone, to help local sorghum farmers compete against imported grains.

LifeSpring Hospitals provides low cost, high-quality maternal care to low income mothers across India.

Novartis delivers over 340 million of its anti-malarial treatments without profit, to more than 60 malaria-endemic countries for public sector use, making Novartis the leading pharmaceutical partner in the fight against malaria.

Nuru Energy focuses on providing affordable, clean, and safe lighting to people in Rwanda, Kenya and India without electricity, also offering an income generating activity for rural entrepreneurs.

Reuters Market Light has developed a mobile phone-based, easy to use, professional information service specially designed for the Indian farmer community.

Royal DSM focuses on the creation of innovative and targeted solutions specifically designed to meet the nutritional requirements of those in the developing world.

Walmart Mexico creates the Indigenous Product Commercialization Program, one of the first food security programs of its kind in Mexico, geared towards impoverished families.