A social enterprise working with manual scavenger women to upcycle flower waste, diverting it away from polluting the River Ganges.
Image: 2015/2016 Winner Dr Sara Saed showcasing her initiative DoctHers at the 2016 Unilever Collective Action Event
An Ashoka Fellow since 2003, Nicole Rycroft is a tireless warrior for the world’s forest ecosystems. The native Australian, now based in Vancouver, Canada, leads the environmental NGO Canopy, which works with business partners in the publishing and fashion industries to transform their value chains in a way that protects ancient forests.
After seven months reviewing 927 entries from 99 countries on six continents, our panel of experts from Unilever, Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership, and Ashoka have selected the top seven sustainability solutions. Each will win €10,000, a place on a bespoke accelerator programme in Cambridge, and the chance to pitch to a panel of judges at Unilever HQ in London next month.