In 2015, all 193 United Nations member countries signed on to 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to “create the future we want in 2030.”SDGs&Her is an online competition for women entrepreneurs to showcase how they are supporting the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) through their business operations. The objectives of the initiative are to:
- recognize women implementing the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), including women business owners of microenterprises;
- increase knowledge about the SDGs and their potential impacts on women among non-traditional audiences; and
- collaborate with private sector partners on all SDGs, but SDG5 in particular; to share best practices and innovative ideas.
The first ever SDGs&Her competition in 2018 attracted over 1,200 contenders through an online competition platform from 88 countries. The 2019 contest attracted over 1,200 entries from all regions of the world: Sub-Saharan Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean, South Asia, the Middle East and North Arica, Europe and Central Asia, and East Asia and the Pacific.
Eligibility: The competition is open to women who own and/or lead micro and small enterprises (1-9 employees; under USD $10,000 loan eligibility OR annual sales under $100,000) OR (10-49 employees; under USD $100,000 loan eligibility OR annual sales under $3000,000
To Enter: Applicants complete a short online template, describing their work and linking their initiative/product to 1 or more SDGs.
Judging: Entries will be screened by a university partner and then judged by an expert panel. Judges will determine the winners based on the impact on the SDGs, vision and purpose, and clarity of the entries.
Prizes: The top winners will be recognized in April 2020 at an event on the margins of the 2020 World Bank Group-IMF Spring Meetings in Washington D.C. The stories of the winning women entrepreneur (and many other notable entries) will be shared through partners’ social media and websites.
Learn more about the SDGs:
- Click here to see in detail what each of the 17 SDGs is designed to accomplish, and learn how your business might be already helping.
Partners: World Bank Group, Wharton School’s Zicklin Center for Business Ethics Research, UN Development Programme (UNDP) and UN Women