PAST WINNERS IN THE CATEGORY Economy
2017 - Economy - Category Winner
Mobisol offers easy-to-use solar home systems for low-income people. These plug’n play systems are quickly installed by locally trained and certified technicians (which furthers employment). An innovative pay-as-you-go scheme allows the customer to pay off the installation, up to over 36 months, using mobile banking services: this allows high-quality and durable systems that are still affordable for low-income people. Unlike other existing systems, the initial package includes comprehensive maintenance services. Besides providing clean power for thousands of insufficiently served rural communities, Mobisol allows to create economic opportunities by electrifying small businesses or through the resale of extra energy.
2018 - Economy - Category Winner
More than two billion of the poorest people in the world have little or no access to a bank account. Fundacion Capital facilitates partnerships between governments and financial institutions to provide inclusive financial services and social programs. It reached over 5 million people in 2016.
2019 - Economy - Category Winner
Excess Materials Exchange
Excess Materials Exchange speeds up the transition to a circular economy and turns waste into wealth. The EME provides a reliable source for the buying and selling of secondary materials. By using EME the estimated R&D time for sourcing secondary resources can be reduced by 85%. By offering materials, components and products that are redundant in one company to others via a marketplace, they become an income stream rather than incurring costs for disposal. The EME can reduce waste processing cost by as much as 150% by actively facilitating the making of high value reuse matches of materials, components and products.
2011 - Economy - Category Winner
EBay’s WorldofGood.com is the world’s largest multi-seller marketplace for socially and environmentally responsible shopping, which features thousands of products from around the world and combines trust and transparency with the online shopping experience.
2012 - Economy - Category Winner
A program of Water.org, an organization co-founded by actor Matt Damon and CEO Gary White, WaterCredit uses its donor funding to leverage commercial capital and support microloans to people and communities in Bangladesh, India, Kenya and Uganda who want to build access to clean water and sanitation.
2013 - Economy - Category Winner
Bolsa Verde do Rio de Janeiro
BVRio is a nonprofit that develops market mechanisms to support compliance with Brazilian environmental laws. It has built a platform to trade greenhouse gas credits and a system where industry pays informal trash sorters who collect bottles, cans and paper and sell them for recycling.
2014 - Economy - Category Winner
Bitcoin uses peer-to-peer technology to operate with no central authority or banks; managing transactions and the issuing of bitcoins is carried out collectively by the network. Bitcoin is open-source; its design is public, nobody owns or controls Bitcoin and everyone can take part. Through many of its unique properties, Bitcoin allows exciting uses that could not be covered by any previous payment system.
2015 - Economy - Category Winner
Social Progress Index
Social Progress Index is a framework for measuring the extent to which countries provide for the social and environmental needs of their citizens.
2015 - Economy - Category Winner
Living Breakwater is a comprehensive design for coastal resiliency that strengthens biodiversity and coastal habitats.