Community Engagement Award
Winner: Sustainable Organic Integrated Livelihoods (SOIL)
Presenter by: Ms Iris Goldfein, Chief People Officer, Sutherland Global Services
Employee Engagement Award
Presented by: Mr Dana Brice Smith, Co-founder and Managing Director, Trestle Group Foundation
Dana Brice Smith is the Co-Founder and Managing Director of Trestle Group Foundation. Founded in 2005 and based in Zurich, Switzerland, the Foundation is an innovative nonprofit organization dedicated to expanding sustainable economic and social opportunities by empowering women entrepreneurs in emerging economies. A senior international executive who offers more than twenty years of progressive advancement in nonprofit leadership, government relations, public affairs and strategic communications, Dana has served and worked with government, business and organizational leaders at the highest levels. He has developed and implemented award-winning corporate social responsibility initiatives. Dana is a skilled spokesperson with the ability to deliver target message points to a variety of audiences including corporate executives, thought leaders, media representatives and volunteers. Serving on the management team of the overall Trestle Group, he supports corporate clients in the development and implementation of strategic communications and change management strategies. Prior to joining Trestle Group, Dana worked on behalf of a broad range of clients including nonprofit organizations, Fortune 100 companies, and industry trade groups. He is a lifetime member of Net Impact and a current member of the Global Philanthropy Group’s Issue Expert Network.
Impact Sourcing Award
Presented by Mr Tim Hopper, Responsible Sourcing Manager, Microsoft
Tim Hopper is responsible for the social and environmental activities of Microsoft’s indirect spend suppliers. Tim is a member of the International Association of Outsource Professionals (IAOP) Corporate Social Responsibility committee, the Global Business Coalition against Human Trafficking (gBCAT) supply chain subcommittee, Made in a Free World, and the Rockefeller Foundation stakeholder group to promote Global Impact Sourcing. He is also a member of the Global Sourcing Council. Tim deployed and current manages the Microsoft Supplier YouthSpark Community Technology Center Program, which has been featured in over 40 press releases, and published by the Center for Information and Society. Tim also serves on the board of Elevate Africa, an NGO focused on empowering entrepreneurs.
Innovative Sourcing Award
Presented by Anna Nefedova, Manager, Sustainability, Deloitte
Anna is a member of Deloitte’s Global Sustainability services group. She has more than nine years of combined audit and advisory experience. Her primary focus in her client engagements is on sustainability reporting, environmental, health, and safety (EHS) aspects, sustainability data external and internal assurance, and controls & processes around related information.
She also assists Deloitte’s global leadership in coordinating efforts regarding marketplace research and the development of service offerings.
Anna is a Certified GRI Trainer leading G4 training program in the US.
Most recently Anna spent two years in Amsterdam working with the Global Reporting Initiative on the development of the new generation of sustainability guidelines: G4. Her areas of focus as it relates to G4 are:
Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions
Governance & Remuneration
People’s Choice Award
Winner – Didi’s ( A unit of Sisters in Solidarity)
DiDi’s, a Lucknow based social enterprise that was founded in 2008 motivated by the goal of empowering very poor women, by skilling them and providing livelihoods. It started with 4 women and an annual turnover of $20,000 and now employs 65 women and has an annual turnover of $300,000. DiDi’s is run ‘by women’ and ‘for women. Through its 3 arms – DiDi’s Foods, Creations and Driving, we educate, equip and empower women to enable them to fight poverty, discriminatory violence and low self-esteem. Our profits are deployed towards the education of their daughters and other girls like them.
Presented by Cheryl Pinto, Global Values Led Sourcing Manager, Ben and Jerry’s
Cheryl Pinto is Ben & Jerry’s Global Values Led Sourcing Manager, based in South Burlington, Vermont. Cheryl ensures that Ben & Jerry’s ingredients not only taste good but do good, striving to embed Ben & Jerry’s commitment to Linked Prosperity within its value chains. Cheryl brings extensive project management experience in new product commercialization, within an international foods manufacturing environment, and received her MBA in Finance from the University of Chicago.
TenSquared is a program that gives workers and managers a unique and powerful experience of working together, as equals, to improve performance on a concrete indicator of workplace safety and health. This journey of intense collaboration, innovation, and achievement enables worker-manager teams to achieve record breaking results in a mere 100 days. To cite one of dozens of examples, a TenSquared team reduced the evacuation time from 12.5 minutes to less than 3 minutes. Even more importantly, the experience transforms the perspectives that workers and managers have of each other, and creates lasting relationships of trust and respect.
Booomers International Ltd.
Booomers International Limited is an environmentally friendly bamboo bicycle manufacturing and distribution company in Ghana, West Africa, which sells to various global distributors. Our company seeks to address the issues of youth unemployment, climate change, poverty, and rural-urban migration. The organization sources its raw materials from the local rural farmers who get an economic value from the bamboo grown on their farms. The company provides chain of jobs through bamboo harvesting, product manufacturing and distribution. Currently, they have directly employed 17 rural youth and indirectly employed about 10 youth through harvesting and assembling of our bikes.
Institute for Orkonerei Pastoralists Advancement (IOPA).
Covering much of northern Tanzania and southern Kenya, the Maasai people lives in villages of 180 or 260 families estimated to totaling between 850,000 to 1,240,000 people. Most of them lack access to formal schooling, healthcare, and other basic services. The majority are pastoralists, herders of goats and cattle. Since its foundation in 1993 as a hybrid Social Organization, Institute for Orkonerei Pastoralist Advancement (IOPA) has engaged the Maasai Communities in a comprehensive social – economic empowerment programs that improves and builds growth, sustainable and quality livelihoods for the Maasai people in northern Tanzania through Social businesses energy & Water Supply as well as Agribusiness in Dairy Processing etc.
Xinca Eco Shoes.
Xinca is not a conventional company. We believe in impact and we pursue social and environmental changes using the same methods and techniques of a conventional company. We make footwear with recycled material. The sole in our shoes is made out of the rubber taken from used tires, which are a threat to our environment. For the upper part of trainers we re- use fabric taken from pants, work uniforms or textile discard in general. In the productive process we offer job opportunities to people or sectors who, for different reasons, can’t have a formal job. We provide them with the material which we take to their home and they glue the pieces together and cut them out so that we can finish the product in the factory.
Aakar Innovations Pvt. Ltd.
Aakar sets up mini-factories that produce accessible, hygienic, and eco-friendly ~100 % Compostable sanitary napkins while creating livelihood opportunities for women in the rural villages and urban slums of India. Not only do these women produce the pads, but they also distribute and sell them as entrepreneurs. Aakar also spreads awareness about how menstruation is a natural and biological process that should have no shame associated with it. The educational sessions are held by Aakar’s non-profit arm that focuses on spreading knowledge, freeing women from shame, and expanding the dialogue past gender and into all menstruation contextual factors.
Solar Sister is the world’s leading social enterprise in eradicating energy poverty by empowering women with economic opportunity. We combine the breakthrough potential of solar and clean cooking technologies with a deliberately women-centered direct sales network to bring light, hope and opportunity to even the most remote communities across Africa. Through equipping women with vital entrepreneurial and technical skills, Solar Sister is breaking down barriers that typically prevent women from becoming involved in their own businesses. At the heart of Solar Sister is our belief that women must be a part of building a sustainable and equitable future for all.
Protoprint is a social enterprise that works collaboratively with waste picker co-operatives in India to provide them with low-cost technology to add value to the waste plastic they collect. Specifically, we’ve been developing machinery to extrude waste plastic into 3D printer filament. Our pilot implementation is with a waste picker co-operative called SWaCH. We have set up a production shed at the garbage dump and work with about 40 wastepickers to source the plastic. We pay the co-operative Rs.300/kg of filament processed (as compared to Rs.14/kg the wastepickers normally get by selling the plastic to scrap dealers)
The Fundación Paraguaya invented an innovative Financially Self-Sustainable Secondary School model that provides students from poor, rural areas with academic, vocational, and entrepreneurial education. The students spend half their time in the classroom receiving traditional instruction, and half their time “learning by doing;” being trained and mentored as they run various school businesses based on market trends. Because the students run and operate the school as part of their business skills education, the school is financially self-sufficient, requiring no additional government/donor funding, cutting the cost of attendance and removing a common barrier to entry to receiving quality education.