Zubaida Bai, an Indian social entrepreneur, was recently named among the ten ‘2016 Global Compact SDG Pioneers’, an initiative launched by the United Nations (UN), to search for ‘entrepreneurs’ who can contribute significantly.
The list of ten SDG Pioneers was recently announced by the UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon at the 2016 UN Global Compact (UNGC) Leaders Summit in New York, United States.
The UNGC pioneer, Ms. Zubaida is the founder of ‘ayzh’, (pronounced “eyes”), a low-cost women’s healthcare company based in Chennai and Colorado, US. This for-profit social venture provides health and livelihood solutions and technology solutions to impoverished women worldwide. Her biggest achievement: JANMA, a birthing kit (an apron, a sheet, a hand sanitizer, an antiseptic soap, a cord clip and a surgical blade) sold and distributed through non-governmental organizations and healthcare companies.
The UNGC is the world’s largest corporate sustainability initiative aimed at supporting the global companies to conduct business responsibly by aligning their operations and strategies with the ten sustainability principles of labour, environment, human rights and anti-corruption. It also helps them to take strategic actions to advance broader societal goals, such as the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), with an emphasis on collaboration and innovation.
The selected Global Compact SDG Pioneers seeks to provide local business leaders a global stage to inspire transformational action on the SDGs. The Leaders Summit also aims to jump-start business action everywhere on the SDGs. To that end, the Global Compact has also unveiled a multi-year strategy to drive business awareness and activity that supports the achievement of the goals by the year 2030.