The Unilever Global Development Award, supported by Business Fights Poverty

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

Businesses are a key enabler of global development, be this through helping achievement the MDGs or future contribution to the SDGs. The Unilever Global Development Award identifies those businesses that are demonstrating a positive impact on global development.




Successful entries will be able to demonstrate:

  • A specific country or global programme which positively addresses one or more of the key social, environmental and economic challenges facing global society;

  • That this is integrated into the business model;

  • A focus on one goal or more of the MDGs, on a local or global scale;

  • Positive impact evidenced through quantitative and qualitative data;

  • Benefits back to the business which may include product and service innovation, reaching new customers, employee engagement and enhanced reputation;

  • Work with wider stakeholders to leverage their combined expertise e.g. government bodies, NGOs and civil society groups.


  • This award is open to any private sector company, firm, LLP or partnership globally. This may include social enterprises but does not include charity organisations or NGOs unless they are tied to a corporate entity in a joint application. E.G. Unilever and Unilever Foundation

  • We recognise that due to the nature of development programmes, the impacts realised tend to be long-term and can be difficult to evidence in the early years. We recommend that applicants entering this award have at least a two-year track record of measuring the social impacts of their programme and the benefits for the applicant’s business.  Programmes with a shorter track record may still apply but an inability to evidence longer term impacts may make them less competitive against other entries.

  • Any size of business can enter and will have an equal chance of winning, as scale will be taken into consideration and assessed as relevant to your business’ operational scope.

  • If your programme focusses on recovery from and resilience against international disasters, please enter the International Disaster Award.


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