The Social Innovations Award is conferred on a company or a group of partners who implemented an extraordinary project or performed activities aimed at innovative solutions to social issues in 2017.
In this category we award examples of cooperation between businesses and social innovators which have led to innovative products, innovative business models, and innovative partnerships that deal with social issues on a larger scale. We are also looking for examples of cooperation where the public administration has been a key partner in promoting a new approach to dealing with a social issue.
This award is conferred for:
- social change potential: the project addresses an important, solvable, and neglected social issue and involves the potential to change the approach to dealing with the issue;
- link to the company’s main subject of business: the project is in accordance with the company’s strategic interests, goes beyond mere philanthropy, and brings economic value (for example, a new source of income, knowledge, a potential market);
- equal partnership: overcoming the boundaries between sectors and creating value for all stakeholders, cooperation between a company and a non-profit organization which involves mutually complementary and unique expertise that can contribute to solving a social issue;
- an individual’s or a team’s contribution: the project involves enthusiastic and creative people who have the courage to affect change in their organization;
- expansion and systemic change potential: the innovation is scalable (expands cheaply, for example, by the launch of an innovative business model), represents a systemic change (for example, it is going to be adopted by the state or a municipality) or a paradigm change (the solution presents a significant change in the view of the problem).