Kenyan Social Entreprise Wins Nestlé’s Creating Shared Value Prize

Honeycare Nestlé Creating Shared Value Prize
HoneyCare representatives receiving the Creating Shared Value Prize awarded by Nestlé

This year’s  Creating Shared Value Prize by Nestlé was dominated by companies from Kenya and Tanzania.

The first place went to HoneyCare, a Kenyan company that partners with smallholder farmers across East Africa to produce Fairtrade honey and encourage sustainable beekeeping.

Madison Ayer, of Honey Care Africa, which seeks to help farmers become commercial beekeepers, said he was delighted with the win.

“The Creating Shared Value Prize is such a wonderful recognition of the hard work and passion of our team, farmers, and customers in Africa. And what is even more exciting is the opportunity to build a long-term relationship with Nestlé, as we leverage our sustainable local supply chain with Nestlé’s global resources and expertise.”

The prize, an investment of CHF 500,000, shared between the winner and runners-up, rewards innovative businesses that create value for their communities by addressing issues of nutrition, water or rural development.

Madison Ayer, of Honey Care Africa, which seeks to help farmers become commercial beekeepers, said he was delighted with the win.

“The Creating Shared Value Prize is such a wonderful recognition of the hard work and passion of our team, farmers, and customers in Africa. And what is even more exciting is the opportunity to build a long-term relationship with Nestlé, as we leverage our sustainable local supply chain with Nestlé’s global resources and expertise.”

Second place went to MSABI, a Tanzanian company that is a demand-driven, replicable and expandable model for the implementation of cost-efficient community based water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) projects

Sanergy, a Kenya social enterprise took third place for their  work to make hygienic sanitation affordable and accessible in informal settlements.

The event, Creating Shared Value Forum held at Nestlé’s global research centre in Lausanne, Switzerland was graced by hundreds of people, including key members of industry, global academics and representatives from international institutions and civil society including our very own Prof. Ruth Oniang’o of the Great Lakes University in Kisumu and Mukhisa Kituyi of UNCTAD. This year’s forum, co-organised with the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), is focused on how to create a new role for industry, at the heart of the societies in which it operates.

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