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Supporting innovative ideas

We’re supporting new ideas that can help us address some of sustainability’s most difficult problems. In 2010, we started the Creating Shared Value (CSV) prize to bring the innovations of social entrepreneurs to life. Rewarding brilliant business ideas in nutrition, water or rural development, the prize expands their impact by scaling them up or replicating them.
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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.

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

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    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

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  • 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.

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    2014 winner South Sudan?

    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.

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    2014 runner-up Tanzania?

    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.

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    2014 runner-up Kenya?

    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.

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    2012 winner Paraguay?

    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.

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    2010 winner Cambodia?

    Find out more: iDE Cambodia website

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