Awardee: SAP, Germany
In recognition of their commitment to collaborating with social entrepreneurs to deliver work focused on inclusiveness, equity and sustainability.
SAP has committed 10% of its procurement spend to social enterprises and diverse-owned enterprises, making it the firm with the biggest undertaking of this kind in support of social enterprises.
Beyond its day-to-day business spending, SAP works tirelessly to support the entire systems change ecosystem by investing in conferences (Social Enterprise World Forum), running programmes to support social enterprises (Acceleration Collective), funding research (ChangemakerXchange), investing in education development (Acumen) and platform support (MovingWorlds and Good Market).
Special Recognition: L’Oreal Paris, India
In recognition of their commitment to advancing gender equality.
L’Oréal Paris has partnered with non-profit organisations in India where it aims to train one million people to help tackle street harassment with its initiative, Stand Up, by 2022.
The brand aims to train one million people in bystander interventions to tackle street harassment by 2022. This corporation stands out because it supports an overlooked cause, has a history of partnership and collaboration with social enterprise organisations and believes in co-creation and collaboration.
Itaú is Brazil’s largest private bank. For more than two decades it has featured on local and international sustainability indexes, such as the Dow Jones Sustainability World Index since its creation in 1999. Itaú has been highlighted on B3’s Corporate Sustainability Index (ISE) for 15 years as well as on the Bloomberg Gender-Equality Index (GEI) for the past four.
The bank’s philanthropic agenda is consistent, focusing on four pillars: education, culture, mobility, longevity and health.
Lavazza Group, Italy
The Lavazza Foundation has been a close supporter and partner of Sawa World (founded by Ashoka Fellow, Daphne Nederhorst) over the past 4.5 years. The foundation has been working on developing a systems change approach to creating better livelihoods for young coffee farmers by focusing on locally-created, easy-to-start and eco-friendly income solutions.
The Lavazza Group has subscribed to the United Nations 2030 Agenda and its 17 SDGs and joined the United Nations Global Compact, teaming up with other companies to achieve the sustainability targets.