The Unilever Global Development Award, supported by Business Fights Poverty

*Please note, entries to the Responsible Business Awards have now closed. The announcement of the Responsible Business Awards Longlist will be made during Responsible Business Week on 23 April.​

For businesses that demonstrate positive impact against one or more of the United Nation's Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

On 25 September 2015, 193 world leaders agreed to 17 Global Goals for Sustainable Development to end poverty, protect the planet, and ensure prosperity for all. If these goals are achieved, it would mean an end to extreme poverty, inequality and climate change by 2030. 

The SDGs, also known as the Global Goals, build on the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). They are a comprehensive set of goals, relevant to everyone throughout the world, and consist of the following:

1. No poverty

2. Zero hunger

3. Good health and well-being

4. Quality education

5. Gender equality

6. Clean water and sanitation

7. Affordable and clean energy

8. Decent work and economic growth

9. Industry, innovation and infrastructure 

10. Reduced inequalities

11. Sustainable cities and communities

12. Responsible consumption and production

13. Climate action

14. Life below water

15. Life on land

16. Peace, justice and strong institutions

17. Partnerships for the goals 

There has been much progress on the global development agenda since the launch of the MDGs in 2000. However, there is still much more to do if we are to end poverty, protect the planet, and ensure prosperity for all. Businesses are a key enabler of global sustainable development and more and more businesses recognise that it is in their long-term interest to invest in building safer and more sustainable business and societies. Global challenges can also be a driver of innovation and new market opportunities.

This award recognises those businesses that are demonstrating a positive impact on the Global Goals and addressing global sustainable 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.
  • How this is integrated into the business model.
  • A focus on one or more of the SDGs, on a local or global scale.
  • A positive impact demonstrated 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.  For example, government bodies, NGOs and civil society groups. 

For help completing your entry please download the guidance document and scoring guide.


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.  For example, Unilever and the Unilever Foundation

Please note, 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 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 also focuses on recovery from and resilience against international disasters, please consider entering the UPS International Disaster Relief Award.

Deadline 17:00 GMT on Friday 9 February 2018. 

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