2020 FT/IFC Transformational Business Awards

Deadline: March 31, 2020.

The 2020 edition of the FT/IFC Transformational Business Awards marks 15 years of collaboration between the Financial Times and the International Finance Corporation on awards that have had a substantial impact on the way financial and non-financial organisations approach sustainable investment. The Awards highlight ground-breaking, long-term private sector solutions to major development issues, with the core categories directly related to global efforts to achieve the UN Sustainable Development Goals. 


1. The programme is open to all financial and non-financial private sector organisations. Start-ups with innovative solutions and a clear roadmap to financial sustainability are encouraged to apply.

2. On the financing side, special attention will be given to entries that embrace best practice in impact investing.

. They welcome entries from productive sector companies, investment institutions and advisory firms involved in projects addressing key challenges in urbanisation, climate, education, healthcare, technology, food and water security, and inclusion with respect to developing economies, including:

  • Infrastructure developers
  • Energy companies
  • Engineering companies
  • Technology companies
  • Healthcare providers
  • Pharmaceutical companies
  • Design houses
  • Pension funds
  • Sovereign wealth funds
  • Life insurance companies
  • Impact investors
  • Private equity firms
  • Investment banks
  • Fund managers
  • Consultancies


If your entry is short-listed in one of the awards categories:

  • Your organisation and the initiative that has been short-listed will be promoted in an advertisement in the global FT newspaper and through  FT Live social media channels
  • You will be invited to attend the FT/IFC Transformational Business Awards dinner, where the winners in each category will be announced.
    • All short-listed entries are presented in detail at the Awards dinner before the winners are revealed. You will also be able to network with other organisations short-listed for the awards.

If the judging panel selects your entry as a winner in one of the categories:

  • Your organisation and the award-winning initiative will be promoted in an advertisement in the global FT newspaper and through FT Live social media channels
  • A summary of your entry will be featured on the Awards website



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