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Call for Catalyst 2030 Awards 2023 Nominations

Who is best at helping social innovators to change the world? Who is best at supporting the communities we serve?

The third Catalyst 2030 Awards will be held towards the end of 2023. We are asking you to support us in accelerating systems change by celebrating those who do it well. Please nominate the funder(s), governments, bi/multilaterals, philanthropists or corporates you most admire for a Catalyst 2030 Award.

The current ecosystem seldom facilitates effective collaboration between social entrepreneurs and potential partners. This remains one of the biggest challenges for the delivery of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Improving this collaboration is a central objective of the Catalyst 2030 community.

The Catalyst Awards are a means of celebrating key supporters on our journey towards achieving the SDGs through bottom-up collaborations. By shining a light on the donors/stakeholders who support social innovation and entrepreneurship, we hope to redefine best practices and inspire others to follow their example. This will help to accelerate systems change while challenging current power dynamics.

To be part of the change you want to see, please nominate those who have helped you in your journey, or whom you have seen collaborate most effectively with other social entrepreneurs.

Award Categories

There are four categories in which we seek inspiring awardees:

(1) Governments │ Nomination Form with the judging criteria here 
(2) Corporates │ Nomination Form with the judging criteria here 
(3) Bilaterals & Multilaterals │ Nomination Form with the judging criteria here 
(4) Donors │ Nomination Form with the judging criteria here 

Overall Awards Criteria

The overall criteria for the Awards were developed from the collective expertise of Catalyst 2030 members. For each Awards category there are also specific criteria to consider. These are based on recommendations in the reports published by Catalyst 2030: Embracing Complexity, Catalysing Collaborations, New Allies, and An Investigation into Financing Transformation. Learn more here. In addition, the General Ethical Framework was developed and is available here.
When nominating, please be aware that:

● Everyone can submit nominations, but Catalyst 2030 members choose the finalists.
● You do not have to submit nominations for every category.  
● You may submit more than one nomination per category.
● Your nominee should be aligned with Catalyst 2030’s values.  
● Your nominee should treat social entrepreneurs with respect, encourage diversity, promote collaboration and support systems change.
● This award is only open to donors, philanthropists, governments, bi-/multilateral organisations or corporates that have been working closely with social entrepreneurs, towards the SDGs and systems change. Catalyst members are not eligible. 
● Catalyst 2030 Awards winners from 2021 and 2022 may not be renominated. However, 2021 and 2022 Awards finalists are eligible.
● All nominations are treated in the strictest confidence. 
Your nomination cannot be processed unless all the questions are fully answered.

Please note, when filling out the form:

● You can preview and edit your answers even after completing the form. However, once you click ‘done’ you are no longer able to revise your answers.
● You cannot print a record of your answer after you complete the form, but you can email to to receive a pdf file of your submitted form.
Nominations are open from 23 March

Nominations will be assessed by an independent jury, who will draw up a shortlist. In the spirit of Catalyst 2030’s commitment to bottom-up democratic participation, there will be a confidential vote by members to select the winner in each category from the shortlist developed by the judges. Please refer to the Catalyst 2030 Awards website here for more information about the process. After we receive a nomination form from you, you may hear back from us with additional questions.

You may consult your colleagues or others before nominating. As the timeline below indicates, the nomination process is now open. 

Awards Committee

Awards Committee Co-chairs: Sohini Bhattacharya and Matthew Bishop 
Awards Committee Members: Cherry Achando, Nwando Ajene, Winifred Awinpoya Atanga, Lorelle Bell, Jeroo Billimoria, Leigh-Ann Dewing, Kim Normand Dobrin, Colin McElwee, Emily Kasriel, Liina Liblik, Matthew Patten, Kristine Pearson, Bobby Smith, Bram van Eijk, Karen Vollaire
Awards Criteria Supported by: Andrea Coleman, Rana Dajani, Rebecca Dray, Valeria Duflot, Fredrik Galtung, Avary Kent, Eva Marszewski, Dan Viederman  

Catalyst 2030 Awards 2023 Timeline

From 23 March: Nominations Open
2 June - July: Due Diligence
July - 10 September: Awards Reviews, Voting & Selection
11-17 September: Finalists Contacted
18 September - 6 November: Finalists Stories
8 November: Awards Ceremony 2023
PART 1: About the Nominator

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* 1. Please enter your contact information below

PART 2: About the Nominee: Who are you nominating?

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* 5. Please enter the nominee contact information below

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* 8. Website of the Nominee
Please add the URL link of the Nominee’s organisation below:

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* 9. Please enter the details of the point of contact in the corporate that you are nominating. Who can we get in touch with regarding the nominee?

PART 3: Corporates Judging Criteria
The Corporates Judging Criteria can be found here and below:

About the Award

We recognise that there are specific activities or practices undertaken by corporations which can and do lead to direct impact and ecosystem change. With an Award (or several Awards) we seek to highlight these best practices for private sector engagement with mission-locked social enterprises, where they have led to direct benefit as well as ecosystem shifts towards inclusiveness, equity and sustainability.

Award Specific Criteria
An awardee must demonstrate that the company* has experience and commitment working with third-party verified social enterprises (SEs) and that it can demonstrate that:
  1. It has embedded working with SEs into its business operating systems beyond CSR/sustainability activity. To this end, it must have achieved the Catalyst Business Commitment badge at a Gold or Platinum level.
  2. It understands the interconnectedness and interdependence of the SDGs and therefore works at addressing them in an integrated manner.
  3.  It understands and discloses publicly, its direct and indirect impacts.
  4.  Its business resonates with Catalyst 2030’s values and it can demonstrate how it does this.
  5. It is creating structural and systemic changes within its sector, its community and society as a whole.
  6. It understands and has management processes for reducing its negative social and/or environmental impacts and is moving towards or has achieved ‘decent work,’ net-zero, circular or regenerative practices.
*Seek nominations from those beyond the ‘usual suspects.’
*Incorporate the improvement trajectory and demonstrates the company’s progress against problems (be explicit about the timeline)
PART 4: Corporates Nomination

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* 10. Nominee’s Profile Summary
Please include a brief summary that gives a good overview of the Nominee’s profile. Who are they? What do they do? What is their role? (max 150 words)

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* 11. Please choose all that apply.
The Corporate:

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* 12. Nominee’s Description. Please explain why your nominee fits the criteria selected above. (max 250 words)

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* 15. Are there any additional details that apply to your nominee that are not listed above? Please explain what else makes this nominee exceptional. (max 150 words) (max 150 words)

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* 16. In what ways does this Corporate stand out? (Optional) (max 150 words)

Catalyst 2030 Awards 2023 
Corporates Nomination Form 

Please note. 

Your nomination cannot be processed unless all the questions are fully answered.
● You can preview and edit your answers even after completing the form. However, once you click ‘done’ you are no longer able to revise your answers. Once you click 'done' we have received your nomination form.
● You cannot print a record of your answer after you complete the form, but you can email to to receive a pdf file of your submitted form.

Thank you for taking the time to complete a nomination for the Catalyst 2030 Awards 2023. Please see Awards website here to follow upcoming news and updates. 

Thank you very much,
Catalyst 2030
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