Madrid – October 2018.
The Spanish Network for the Global Compact - the most important private sector initiative for sustainability, fostered by the United Nations - and the “Rafael del Pino Foundation” have awarded 17 business and social initiatives (already up-and-running, with proven results) for their innovative contribution to the UN's Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) - one award for each Goal.
Amongst the winners stand out programs promoting infant nutrition and vaccination; alternative energy generation or projects for the repopulation of rural areas; initiatives related to entrepreneurship and job creation; road safety and circular economies. The initiative against Female Genital Mutilation, "Alternative Rite of Passage", launched by “Amref Salud África”, received a special mention from the jury. GAWA Capital was awarded for its contribution to the SDG #1, eradication of poverty, due to its social impact in developing countries via microfinance-promoted economic growth.
The projects have been proposed by some of the entities driving these awards, with a focus on sustainable innovation (such as Accenture, “Acción contra el hambre”, Ashoka, European Commission, ESADE, Ferrovial, Fundación Repsol, Global Incubator, Iberdrola, IE Business School, Impact Hub, Ineco, IS Global, Obra Social “la Caixa”, Ship2B, Telefónica, etc.). A jury comprised of renowned experts in sustainability and innovation, from the academic, business and public sectors (international organisations) was established to select the winners.
The award ceremony was chaired by Cristina Gallach, High Commissioner for the 2030 Agenda of the Government of Spain.