Supporting innovative ideas
The Nestlé CSV Prize encourages ambitious social entrepreneurs
How the CSV Prize works
We started the CSV Prize to reward social and commercial enterprises, nonprofits and NGOs whose work reflects the spirit of Creating Shared Value (CSV).
First, we look for innovative ideas that have already been tested and shown to have an impact on nutrition, water or rural development. We then help make them commercially viable by investing financial and technical resources. The 2018 prize received a high number of applications.
In 2018, we partnered with Ashoka and the Swiss Development Cooperate to create the Social Investment Accelerator, which works with some of the prize entrants to develop their ideas. Kicking off in September 2018, the accelerator connects 12 social entrepreneurs in Africa with 36 program mentors – 20 of who are from Nestlé – and prepares them for a pitch with investors in April 2019.
Our joint winners of the 2018 CSV Prize
In 2018, we awarded two entrepreneurs as joint winners of the prize for their outstanding businesses: Mumm from Egypt and Fishers and Changemakers from the Philippines.
Mumm is an online platform that offers healthy homemade food for delivery, while giving the talented home cooks who make it the chance to earn money. In two years, the Cairo-based company created more than 110 jobs and delivered over 45 000 meals.
Fishers and Changemakers works with fishermen in the Philippines who are committed to sustainable fishing, buying their catch at market prices, and packaging and marketing it effectively.
Each winner received CHF 150 000 (USD 151 000) for their projects.
Read more about the 2018 Creating Shared Value Prize participants.
The Social Investment Accelerator in Africa
Social entrepreneurs from all across Africa are developing groundbreaking ideas to tackle social problems, but without capital to help them grow, they won’t achieve the scale they need to make a difference. We are seeking to match them with a new class of investors who want to invest for social impact as well as financial return.Mark Cheng, Social Finance Director, Ashoka
In an effort to support today’s social entrepreneurs, Ashoka, with support from Nestlé, established the Social Investment Accelerator, an initiative designed to tackle poverty throughout Africa through innovative ideas. From over 100 applicants, 12 were chosen to receive mentoring from business experts, including 20 Nestlé Africa senior executives, to develop their business plans and investment proposals. The ideas were then pitched to 40 investors. They included:
- Exportunity: Founded by Vital Sounouvouv, Exportunity helps countries in Central and West Africa to increase e-commerce distribution capabilities through supply chain optimization and real-time data monitoring. The result is increased intra-Africa trade and more employment opportunities.
- Mumm: Addressing the issue of malnutrition in Egypt, Waleed Abd El Rahman designed mumm. The online platform and delivery service connects home-chefs with customers in need of affordable, nutritious meals, replacing a reliance on fast food.
- ShopIt: Dedicated to breaking the poverty cycle in South Africa, Arnuad Blancher developed an app known as ShopIt. The app allows informal grocery shop owners in townships and rural areas to compare prices for bulk stock from wholesalers. This way they can get the best price, which in turn means they can offer goods to customers at a lower price.
Joining forces for the Comprometidos Challenge
In a bid to engage more young people in the creation and development of projects that positively impact society and the environment, Nestlé has extended its support of the Comprometidos Challenge. The challenge, the result of a collaboration between Ashoka, Socialab and UNESCO, invites young people in South America to present innovative initiatives that solve the challenges that they see in their communities and which contribute to the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Ten senior Nestlé executives provide mentorship to 10 young entrepreneurs, helping them to develop the skills needed to advance their ideas. In 2019, over 700 proposals were submitted.
Recognizing the transformative power of the pet-human bond
Although a new and growing field of research, we are learning more every day about the power of the pet-human bond and the impact it has on the health and well-being of society.
Leading the way, Nestlé Purina has partnered with Ashoka to identify innovative ways to improve the lives of pets and the people who love them across the Europe, Middle East and North Africa (EMENA) region. The Purina BetterwithPets Prize, launched in 2017, rewards inspiring social innovations that reimagine the role of pets in society.
The first Purina BetterwithPets Prize was awarded in 2018 to the OOPOEH Foundation in the Netherlands. Their winning idea helps to reduce loneliness and increase physical activity for the elderly by matching them as a dog sitter with a family in their neighborhood. The challenge is run every two years, with the 2019 winner to be announced in 2020.
Vittel stands up for nature with the Act for Biodiversity Challenge
For nearly 30 years, Vittel has been committed to preserving local biodiversity in the heart of the Vosges region of France in an effort to safeguard water sources. The company has engaged local stakeholders such as farmers, scientists and local organizations through a collaborative program known as ‘Agrivair’.
Today, in the face of a growing global ecological crisis, Vittel has scaled up its commitment to nature with an ambition to generate positive impact worldwide. To do so, Vittel partnered with Ashoka to launch the Act for Biodiversity challenge in December 2019. The competition invites people from around the world to submit projects designed to preserve biodiversity in agricultural settings, urban environments and forests. Vittel will provide winners with financial support, communication visibility and personalized mentoring from a community of biodiversity experts and Nestlé’s top leaders.
Previous winners and runners-up
2016 winner: Agro-Hub, Cameroon
Helping cassava farmers gain access to markets
Agro-Hub is an agricultural production and marketing agency in south-west Cameroon, working to connect smallholder farmers with sustainable markets.
It has built a small integrated factory to transform cassava, a staple crop in Cameroon, into starch and garri, a type of tapioca, and sell these value-added goods to consumers through its own fresh food store (Agro-Mart). So far, the agency has helped more than 700 farmers increase productivity and income as they build long-term sustainable relationships with buyers.
Agro-Hub received a prize of CHF 300 000, which it intends to use for upgrading its cassava processing facilities. This increase in production capacity will allow it to support more farmers, and contribute to improved food security and living conditions.
“At the beginning, the production processes were carried out manually, but the Nestlé CSV Prize will help us in establishing a modern, integrated starch and garri factory. With this factory, we will be able to reduce the production process to one day or a few hours, potentially increasing our production to 10 tons of starch per week.”
Atem Ernest Lefu, Co-Founder and CEO, Agro-Hub
Watch a short video about Agro-Hub’s work
2016 runner-up: Natural Extracts Industries (NEI), Tanzania
Pioneering the sustainable extraction of vanilla
Natural Extracts Industries, a social enterprise from Tanzania, was selected as the 2016 CSV Prize runner-up for pioneering the sustainable production of natural flavour extracts from vanilla, cacao and orange.
Working with farmers and co-operatives, NEI helps build local capacity through sustainable agricultural practices such as agroforestry, intercropping, drip irrigation and composting. It has also developed manufacturing operations that add value to the products supplied by smallholder farmers.
NEI has invested the CHF 200 000 prize money to expand its network of smallholder farmers and maintain the subsidy scheme it introduced to reduce barriers to entry.
“Our business model is predicated on creating value for business and community alike. On the business front, we offer customers a natural product that follows the global clean-label trend. And for the community, the incremental income received by farmers enables women and youths to succeed without having to migrate to urban centres, where they may not even find employment. The Nestlé CSV Prize will bring us additional financial strength and credibility.”
Juan Guardado, Co-Founder, Natural Extracts Industries
Watch a short video about NEI’s work
2014 winner: Honey Care Africa, South Sudan
A sweeter South Sudan
Honey Care Africa, a fair trade honey company, provides opportunities for thousands of rural smallholder farmers to generate additional income by helping them become beekeepers. It aims to create a commercial, efficient value chain for honey by training smallholder producers, organising them in networks (SWARM Clusters) and guaranteeing a market for their honey at fair prices, including a ‘base of the pyramid’ mass market for single servings of honey.
Find out more: Honey Care Africa website
2014 runner-up: MSABI, Tanzania
True Life Water Point
MSABI is a not-for-profit organisation that runs rural water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) programmes in Tanzania. These include water points, sanitation, participatory education, and ceramic water filters, which are tailored to meet the specific needs of local communities.
Find out more: MSABI website
2014 runner-up: Sanergy, Kenya
Sustainable sanitation in Africa’s informal settlements
Sanergy is a social enterprise that manufactures and franchises small-scale high-quality sanitation facilities to local micro-entrepreneurs, collects and removes human waste from the community and converts it into high-value by-products such as fertilizer and energy.
Find out more: Sanergy website
2012 winner: Fundación Paraguaya, Paraguay
Self-sufficient agricultural school model
Fundación Paraguaya sets up agricultural schools in poor rural areas of Paraguay, enabling students to develop the entrepreneurial and practical skills they need to lift themselves out of poverty. The non-profit organisation works with each school to identify suitable micro-businesses to set up (milk and egg production, organic gardening, beekeeping) and provides students with hands-on training. The money raised covers the schools’ operating costs without the need for government funding. The Nestlé CSV Prize helped fund a new school in San Pedro, the fourth to be set up by Fundación Paraguaya.
Find out more: Fundación Paraguaya website
2012 runner-up: arcenciel, Lebanon
Boosting sustainable agriculture
arcenciel is a Lebanese not-for-profit organisation running programmes related to agriculture, employment, environment, health, rehabilitation, social and youth. Wataneh, the Lebanese sustainable agriculture network, was launched in 2009 to improve the sustainability and the competitiveness of Lebanese agriculture throughout the value chain. Initially, farmers are helped to improve their yields and the variety of crops produced, and to reduce the use of chemicals while increasing the use of environmentally friendly techniques and improving their income.
Find out more: arcenciel website
2012 runner-up: Excellent Development, UK
Building sand dams
Excellent Development, a UK-based not-for-profit organisation, works with local partners in Kenya to support rural communities in drylands to build sand dams, which provide clean water for life and the opportunity to grow more food to eat and sell. The organisation works with local communities, organised in self-help groups, to identify sections of local rivers where sand dams can be built. The community invests at least 30% of the resources needed to complete a concrete sand dam.
Find out more: Excellent Development website
2010 winner: iDE Cambodia
Supporting smallholder farmers
iDE Cambodia was awarded the inaugural Nestlé CSV Prize in May 2010 for its Farm Business Advisors (FBA) programme, which aims to increase agricultural productivity and income for Cambodian smallholder farmers. Its network of independent small rural entrepreneurs (Farm Business Advisors) advises small-scale farmers to help them boost productivity and provides them with high-quality seeds, fertilizer, plastic fencing and irrigation equipment. More than 100 FBAs now work with 15 000 farmers. During Nestlé’s involvement (2011–2012), annual FBA sales to farmers doubled, attracting further investment from other development partners.
Find out more: iDE Cambodia website