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FT IFC Transformational Business Awards

Awards: deadline for entry, 31 March 2017. Conference: Catalysing Finance and Disruptive Technologies to Boost Sustainable Solutions, 8 June 2017, London.

Transformational Business Awards

This unique global programme highlights ground-breaking, long-term private sector solutions to key development issues. Special attention for 2017 is being given to products and services that harness disruptive technologies and business models to achieve their goals. Crucial issues around land – ownership rights, governance and management – will also be highlighted, along with the continuing challenges around climate change, and the need to address poverty in all its forms.

The Awards will also continue to underline innovative and financially viable solutions that help meet key UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). This year’s Achievement in Sustainable Development awards include a prize for food and water security, with an additional emphasis on land governance.

The Transformational Business Awards are open to all financial and non-financial private sector organisations. A special Achievement in City-led Transformation category, supported by Cities Alliance, will also underline achievements by municipal governments around the world. The 2016 Awards attracted 155 entries from 219 organisations, involving projects in 92 countries.

The judging panel includes:

  • Michael Skapinker, Associate Editor, Financial Times
  • Nena Stoiljkovic, Vice President, Global Client Services, IFC
  • Nick Robins, Co-Director, Inquiry into the Design of a Sustainable Financial System, United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)

Learn more about the Conference, the Awards and how to apply on the Financial Times Live website.

Closing date for entry: 31 March 2017

FT/IFC Transformational Business Conference, 8 June 2017

The Financial Times and the International Finance Corporation (IFC), a member of the World Bank Group, are organising another major gathering of thought leaders in London, ahead of the annual dinner honouring the winners of the FT/IFC Transformational Business Awards.

In line with the focus of the 2017 Awards, this year’s FT/IFC Transformational Business Conference will discuss the ground-breaking use of new technologies in the delivery of infrastructure in the developing world, the impact on renewable energy, and the leadership role that cities are taking in global efforts to address climate change.

Chaired by senior FT journalists, the conference will also delve deeper into the role the private sector can play in helping to achieve the UN Sustainable Development Goals, in particular the targets around health and education, and the steps that need to be taken to assure financing at scale.

Top innovators, investors, business leaders and policy-makers will share their insights on these issues with a view to formulating specific action steps. This event will be a significant lead-up to the Transformational Business Awards dinner, which will bring together innovators from around the world whose capital, technology and ideas are contributing to substantive progress.

Places are limited and invitation-only. To apply to attend please complete the online registration form.