Updated Sep 19, 2017CLOSED

The Nestlé Creating Shared Value Prize

The Creating Shared Value Prize (CSV prize) is designed to recognise and support outstanding initiatives addressing challenges in Water, Nutrition, or Rural Development that:
  • Have a proven concept tested through a pilot or small-scale enterprise.
  • Have the potential to scale and replicate in other settings or communities.
  • Have promise of substantial social impact through improving access to nutrition, enhancing rural development, or having a significant impact on water management or access to clean water.
  • Is built on a sound and viable business model.
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CLOSEDOct 31, 2017Deadline
Up to CHF500,000Amount

Mandatory Requirements

Implemented In:
RegionAfrica, Asia and Pacific, Europe and Eurasia, Latin America / Caribbean, North America and Middle East and North Africa
Focus AreasWater Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH)
Agriculture Water Management (Agriculture)
Nutrition (Health)
Applications for the Creating Shared Value Prize are open to social enterprises, commercial enterprises and nonprofit entities creating shared value in any country around the world.

Focus Areas:
Water--Within the water category we are seeking social innovation in sustainable water resource management as well as in broadening access to water and sanitation. High potential projects working with sustainable water resource management could be developing new technologies within irrigation, fertilizing practices and drainage systems, while projects concerning accessibility could be devising new community led strategies for providing clean and sustainable access to water and sanitation.
Rural Development--Within the rural development category we are particularly looking for social innovation that broadens rural employment opportunities for youths, addressing issues such as unemployment, sustainability, and productivity. This is based on Nestlé’s 2030 ambition to create economic opportunities for 10 million youths around the world. High potential projects could for example be promoting education within the agricultural sector, or they could be developing networks among farmers to increase the productivity, sustainability, and health of their livelihoods. Projects will be evaluated on their level of innovation, while also being assessed on criteria such as environmental sustainability, impacts up to date, and growth potential.Projects will be evaluated on their level of innovation, while also being assessed on criteria such as environmental sustainability, impacts up to date, and growth potential.
Nutrition--Within the nutrition category we are looking for social innovation that seeks to improve the nutritional health of children around the world, addressing issues such as obesity, breastfeeding, undernutrition, and malnutrition. This is based on Nestlé’s 2030 ambition of helping 50 million children lead healthier lives. For example, initiatives could be rethinking ways to educate communities about nutrition, or they could be introducing new technologies and methods to address health issues. Projects will be evaluated on their level of innovation, and will also be assessed on on criteria such as environmental sustainability, impacts up to date, and growth potential.

Other Requirements

Planned Usage of FundsThe prize money may only be used for the awarded initiative and its development.
Management TeamThe initiative and its leaders must show leadership to influence the field in which they work, as well as the ability to incorporate and leverage investment by Nestle and support offered through the CSV Prize.
Potential for ScaleThe initiative should have strong growth potential and/or replicable to other social, cultural or geographical settings.The initiative must be built on a viable business model, and / or show realistic and long term plans for financial sustainability, and must have the potential to continue beyond the CSV Prize funding.
  • One application per initiative will be accepted.
  • Applications can be made in English, French, Spanish or Portuguese only
  • Initiatives that are already financed or supported by Nestlé S.A., affiliates, subsidiaries, joint ventures are not eligible.
  • Employees of Nestlé S.A., their parent companies, affiliates and subsidiaries, joint ventures, participating advertising and promotion agencies are not eligible.
Previous CSV Prize winners are not eligible.

Application And Awards Process

Click “Add your idea” here to submit an entry to the Creating Shared Value Prize. By entering you are joining a global network of initiatives creating shared value in their communities. This is your chance to introduce your initiative to Ashoka, Nestle and the overall CSV Prize community. All information added to the entry form will be public.

After submitting, you may view other entries, revise your entry, and re-submit it until the deadline on October 31st 2017 at 23.30 CET.All applicantswill have the opportunity to receive feedback via the OpenIdeo online review function, including the opportunity to view, review and connect with other applicants to the CSV Prize.

Past Funded Innovations Of The Nestlé Creating Shared Value Prize

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