The Nestlé Prize in Creating Shared Value

The Nestlé Creating Shared Value (CSV) Prize is awarded by the Nestlé CSV Council every two years. The competition helps social enterprises and non-governmental organisations (NGOs) scale up or replicate business-oriented initiatives that address challenges in nutrition, water or rural development. Supported through a new partnership with Ashoka, the 2018 Prize received a record number of applications.

About the Creating Shared Value Prize

We established the CSV Prize to reward social enterprises, commercial enterprises and non-profit entities that reflect the spirit of Creating Shared Value. We look for innovative projects, programmes or businesses that have already been tested either as a pilot study or at a small scale; that demonstrate positive social and environmental impact; and that need support to become commercially viable.

The Prize makes a significant difference to scale up or replicate business-oriented initiatives addressing challenges in nutrition, water or rural development. We invest financial and technical resources in the winning initiatives, to help them expand and achieve financial sustainability

2016 Prize winners

At the Creating Shared Value Global Forum in Abidjan, Nestlé announced the winner of the Creating Shared Value Prize 2016: Agro-Hub from Cameroon is the new prize laureate and Natural Extracts Industries (NEI) from Tanzania the runner-up.

Nestlé CEO Paul Bulcke highlighted in the context of the conference theme "Investing in sustainable development in Africa" that Agro-Hub has successfully linked smallholder cassava farmers to buyers. It has provided them with opportunities to generate significant and sustainable income. Agro-Hub receives CHF 300’000 to upgrade its cassava processing facilities.

Natural Extracts Industries, a social enterprise from Tanzania, was selected Creating Shared Value Prize runner-up for pioneering the sustainable extraction of vanilla and other natural flavours in Tanzania. Supporting rural development and sustainability, Natural Extracts Industries receives CHF 200’000 in prize monies to expand its network of smallholder farmers which supply natural flavouring ingredients.
This is the fourth time that Nestlé awarded the Creating Shared Value Prize. The company will be opening the application process for the next competition in 2017, and again be looking for innovative businesses or social enterprises in the areas of nutrition, water and rural development.

2018 Prize

The call for entries for the 2016 Nestlé Creating Shared Value Prize is now closed. The application process for the Nestlé Creating Shared Value Prize 2018 will open in early 2017.
More information is available in the Official Rules and in the Frequently Asked Questions.


2014 Prize Winners