Collaborating for Social Impact
The Constellations Awards celebrate the remarkable ways in which social investors across Asia collaborate to address the complex challenges of our times.
Asia is big, diverse, and complex – and so are its challenges. Our members meet those challenges by collaborating to pioneer solutions at scale.
The Covid-19 pandemic has shown us the cracks in economies and the social sector but the social investment sector has responded unflinchingly to the unfolding crisis in the short term, and is nurturing systemic solutions for the long run. Our members have established shared aims and harnessed the strengths of different stakeholders to meet the moment with imaginative action. The Constellations Awards 2021 celebrate the ingenuity and effectiveness of our members.
The projects we recognise in the Constellations Awards are inspiring, but more importantly, they are action-oriented. We seek to illuminate the ripples of positive impact they have triggered, share their game-changing point of view, and provide these projects new means of accessing capital.
The constellations awards
The Constellations Award categories reflect the spectrum of global social and environmental issues that the Constellations projects can rally around:
Climate Action and the Environment
Covers initiatives where the primary impact areas include and are not limited to: Agriculture, Climate Action, Environmental Security, Conservation, Energy, Water, Biodiversity, Plastics.
Health and Wellbeing
Covers initiatives where the primary impact areas include and are not limited to: Healthcare, Nutrition, Sanitation & Hygiene, Mental Health.
Social Equality and Inclusion
Covers initiatives where the primary impact areas include and are not limited to: Gender, Livelihood & Poverty Alleviation, Education, Employability, Financial Inclusion, Affordable Housing, Ageing, and Arts & Culture.
In addition to the 3 awards, the public has voted for its favourite, most inspirational project from among 14 finalists, and decided the one that should be given the platform to scale and reach much-needed communities.
5 collaborative solutions
In 2021, we are proud to recognise 5 outstanding collaborative solutions that are addressing complex problems of our times.
The 2030 Water Resources Group estimates that if India continues to consume water as per current rates, India will only have half the water it needs by 2030. Agriculture accounts for 80% of India’s freshwater use, almost twice the amount used by comparable countries to grow one unit of food. Hence, innovative and scalable solutions are needed to solve a spectrum of water-related problems.
Villgro Innovations Foundation partnered with Hindustan Unilever Foundation (HUF) to identify and support social enterprises that can work with non-profit organisations to address India’s water challenges. Through an incubation program, high impact ideas with significant potential to address India’s rural water crisis are selected and provided with support. The partnership also facilitated engagements between social enterprises and NGOs to scale innovative solutions, operationalise pilots, and disseminate and promote successful models across the agriculture, water, and climate ecosystems to garner visibility, adoption, capital infusion, and scale-up.
Hindustan Unilever Foundation; CultYvate; CIPT; Villgro
commendable collaborative projects
Here are some of the more commendable collaborative projects.
PC01: Reweave Program
AVPN Member(s): Enviu India
Other Collaborative Partner(s): Doen Foundation; Ikea Foundation; RVO
The fashion sector is trapped in a linear system of take-make-waste. This results in huge amounts of waste and the destruction of valuable materials. There is an urgent need to transition from a linear to a circular fashion economy, in which regenerative inputs are used, the true value of materials is captured, resources continue to circulate and waste is phased out.
Enviu’s Reweave Program builds disruptive ventures that drive the fashion sector towards a circular and fair value chain. Our focus is on building disruptive ventures with sustainable, circular manufacturing processes, we also look to create value from current production waste streams. These ventures serve to influence and inspire market participants driving innovation towards the creation of a new normal.
Our ventures include: Khaloom, which works with handloom weavers and produces high quality fabrics from recycled and organic yarns; PurFi, a waste rejuvenation technology for post-production of textile fabric waste; and Susclo, which produce garments for small and medium brands in an ethical and sustainable manner; and DesertSpring, a patented technology that offers manufacturers a sea buckthorn based alternative to the use of heavy metals in the production process.
PC02: SDGs Unicorn Accelerator (SUA)
AVPN Member(s): China Alliance of Social Value Investment (CASVI); Ashoka: Innovators for the Public; Green Startups Accelerator; Heroad (Shenzhen) Venture Capital Co., Ltd; Impact Hub Shanghai; Non-Profit Incubator; SINIC Foundation; SEED InVenture; Star of Social Innovation; CreditEase
Other Collaborative Partner(s): Chifufund; Cloudstone Fund; Tsing Capital; Global Social Finance Network; Yunqi Partners; Shenzhen Securities Information Co. Ltd; Shengshi investment; Oriental fortune capital; EY; China Galaxy Securities Co. Ltd.; SDIC Chuangyi; Asia Green Fund; FPA Microfinance; Bits x Bites Capital; Dao Capital; Technode; Y-city; Slush; TC; Youchange China Social Entrepreneur Foundation; AI Innovation Center, Shenzhen; Startup Weekend Shenzhen; Coin Platform; Enable Platform; Hong Kong X Foundation; The Youthink Center; Bottle Dream; Innovation Works; China Global Philanthrophy Institude; UNDP; Shenzhen Municipal Local Financial Supervision Administration; Singularity University; National School of Development, Peking University; iResearch; 36 Kr
Despite an emerging number of social entrepreneurs taking on the challenge of solving social and environmental issues, there is a lack of effective solutions and well-rounded support systems to drive value incubation and commercialisation.
SDGs Unicorn Accelerator (SUA) is a pioneering initiative by CASVI that bridges the gap in the Chinese market to cultivate the domestic social innovation ecosystem. Through collaborating with more than 30 partners from the public and private sectors, SUA supports early-stage entrepreneurs who align with SDGs and have innovative solutions to social and environmental problems. Since 2018, SUA has empowered 258 sustainable development start-ups, accelerated 45 start-ups, gathered 85 mentors, and cooperated with 10 incubators.
Social Equality and Inclusion
PC08: #COVIDActionCollab (CAC)
AVPN Member(s): Catalyst Foundation; Arthan; ChildFund; Industree Crafts Foundation; MacArthur Foundation; Dasra; SBI Foundation; Sesame Workshop
Other Collaborative Partner(s): Skoll Foundation; USAID; FNDR; Noora Health; Molecular Solutions Care Health; NeuCures (Covid-19 Homecare); Vihara Innovation Network; Design Beku; Change Alliance; Urban Morph; Gram Vaani Community Media; Molecular Solutions; LabourNet Services India Pvt. Ltd; ResilienceWorks; Private Hospitals & Nursing Homes Association – Karnataka (PHANA); Signable Communications; Siriti Design; Gnothi Seauton; ElderAid Wellness Pvt. Ltd; PCMH Restore Health; HealthSetGO Pvt Ltd; Change Alliance; Dhwani Rural Information Systems; Exotel Techcom Private Limited; Cloud Physician; Frida; Treemouse; Neshaju Envirotech Private Limited; SNEHA
The COVIDActionCollab (CAC) is an all India collaborative, united to provide relief, recovery and build resilience among the most vulnerable communities. Our partner organizations and networks work together to support these communities during the period of crisis and enable them to secure their future. We are a 326 partners strong collaboration and have reached 3 million vulnerable with 2000 volunteers. Our ambition is to reach and impact 10 million vulnerable people. We are inspired by humanity, serving the vulnerable population with a people first approach, irrespective of the crisis. We are people, partner centric and social impact, purpose led. We are obsessed with urgency & are powered by possibilities. We envision a new resilient world where vulnerable communities are empowered to survive and thrive during a humanitarian crisis.