2015 Laureates

Black Mamba APU

Anti-Poaching Unit, Balule Nature Reserve, South Africa

Inspiration and Action

For outstanding courage in fighting the illegal wildlife trade at community level

The Black Mamba Anti-Poaching Unit is a majority women group of rangers, founded by Transfrontier Africa to protect the Olifants West Region of Balule Nature Reserve, part of Greater Kruger National Park in South Africa. The area where the Black Mambas operate is a free-range savannah ecosystem with open borders to the Kruger National Park. The highly endangered Black Rhino and also the endangered white rhino are strongly represented in the area.


National Geographic Society

Global Nonprofit Organization

Science and Innovation

National Geographic is a global nonprofit membership organization driven by a passionate belief in the power of science, exploration and storytelling to change the world. For over 127 years, National Geographic has funded thousands of research, conservation and education programs around the globe, creating a community of explorers who have opened our eyes to the wonders of our living planet, taken us to new frontiers, and illuminated the plight of critical species.


Natura Brasil

Cosmetics Producer and Sustainable Production Pioneer

Entrepreneurial Vision

For unparalleled commitment to trailblazing sustainable business models

Founded in 1969, Natura is a Brazilian brand leader in cosmetics, fragrances and personal care in the direct selling model in Brazil. Created from a passion for cosmetics and relationships, Natura is present in Argentina, Chile, Colombia, France, Mexico and Peru through over 1.7 million consultants. With around 6,600 employees in Brazil and overseas, Natura focuses on developing competencies that will enhance the business in an entrepreneurial and socially responsible manner.


HE Sheikh Hasina

Prime Minister of Bangladesh

Policy Leadership

For outstanding leadership on the frontline of climate change

HE Sheikh Hasina became Prime Minister of Bangladesh for the second time in 2009, following a period in office between 1996 and 2001, and immediately set about tackling the issue of climate change.


Paul Polman

Chief Executive Officer, Unilever

Entrepreneurial Vision

For championing equitable and sustainable business practices for a better world

Under Paul Polman’s leadership, Unilever has developed an ambitious vision to fully decouple its growth from environmental degradation and increase its positive social impact through the Unilever Sustainable Living Plan—entirely consistent with his personal philosophy detailing the need for sustainable business models in a world of decreasing resources.