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Press Release: Catalyst 2030 announces global award winners

22 June 2022 | Events, Press Releases

Organisations, funders celebrated during Catalyst 2030 Awards for Systemic Change 2022

Amsterdam 22 June 2022: Catalyst 2030, the global movement of people and organisations that are powering systems change to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030, announced the winners of the Catalyst 2030 Awards for Systemic Change 2022 at Althorp House in Northamptonshire, UK today.

The online, global awards ceremony, hosted by renowned BBC journalist Emily Kasriel and author, entrepreneur and Chief Growth Officer at Clearco, Ruma Bose, celebrated organisations that are driving co-creative collaborations that are confronting some of the world’s most pressing problems, such as poverty, illiteracy, health crises and access to education.

“This year’s finalists, selected after a rigorous due diligence process, are actively advancing the systems change that we need if we are to achieve the SDGs by the 2030 deadline,” said Sohini Bhattacharya, Catalyst 2030 spokesperson and CEO of Breakthrough. Bhattacharya co-chaired the awards committee with Social Imperative, Co-founder and Board Member, Matthew Bishop. “Nominated by our members, the finalists included systems change leaders who have continuously distinguished themselves within philanthropic, government, business, bilateral and multilateral endeavours.”

Sixty finalists were selected from more than 200 nominations. The overall criteria for the Awards were developed from the collective expertise of Catalyst 2030 members, building on the movement’s solid frameworks for catalytic systems change work.

“The awards finalists are all involved in important and impactful systems change work, presenting our independent jury with the difficult task of selecting just a handful of winners in each of the four award categories, ranging from corporates, governments and donors, to bilateral and multilateral organisations across the globe, from Africa and the Americas to MENA, Europe and Asia Pacific,” Bhattacharya said.

Certificates and trophies, designed by artisans from The India Arts Project and Creative Dignity, were presented to 15 Catalyst 2030 Awards winners as follows:

Corporates Awards Category

  • SAP, Germany
This category highlights best practices in private sector engagement with the social entrepreneurship sector. Besides the direct, measurable benefits, these have also led to ecosystem shifts towards inclusiveness, equity and sustainability.

Donors Award Category

  1. Leader in Learning: Azim Premji Foundation, India
  2. Leader in Trust: Pathy Family Foundation, Canada
  3. Leader in Partnership: Wellspring Philanthropic Fund, United States
  4. Leader in Collaboration: Cartier Philanthropy, Switzerland

This award celebrates individuals and organisations that have deployed capital to support projects or initiatives to achieve systems change.

Governments Award Category

  1. Africa: Ministry of Health/Government of the Kingdom of Lesotho
  2. Americas
    • City of Orlando, Florida, United States
    • Alcaldía de Condoto, Colombia
  3. Asia Pacific: Victorian Government, Australia
  4. Europe: Government of France, (Pact for Impact), France
  5. MENA: Bahrain Science Centre for SDGs (BSC), Bahrain
This award celebrates governments that support social entrepreneurship as a means to achieve the SDGs.

Bilateral and Multilateral Award Category

  • European Commission, Belgium

This award celebrates teams or project units within bilateral and multilateral donors that have deployed capital to support projects or initiatives to achieve systems change.

Special Recognition Award

  1. Global Affairs Canada – “Canada Helping Women and Girls” Initiative, Canada
  2. L’Oreal Paris, India
  3. Women Moving Millions, United States

This award recognises the achievements of organisations who have demonstrated a commitment to advancing gender equity.

“The Catalyst 2030 Awards for Systemic Change are a mechanism to celebrate key supporters on our journey of achieving the SDGs through bottom-up collaboration. By shining a light on these important stakeholders, our aim is to redefine best practice and inspire others to follow their example. We believe this will help to further accelerate systems change and support dominant culture shifts towards equity in our world,” Bhattacharya concluded.


Notes for editors

Catalyst 2030 is a global movement of social entrepreneurs and social innovators from all sectors who share the common goal of creating innovative, people-centric approaches to attain the Sustainable Development Goals by 2030. Joining forces with communities, governments, businesses and others, Catalyst 2030 members are changing systems at all levels through collective action and bold, new strategies. Launched at the World Economic Forum in January 2020, Catalyst 2030 comprises more than 1,500 people and organisations who are active in over 180 countries and who directly reach an estimated two billion people. For more information about the work of Catalyst 2030, or to arrange an interview, please contact Nwando Ajene | Find Catalyst 2030 at and On Facebook  On Twitter  On LinkedIn  On Instagram
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