26 October 2021, Geneva, Switzerland - For the second time in succession, UNITAR participated in the judging process to select the top 100 Meaningful Business leaders of the year. Meaningful Business, a global platform for leaders combining profit and purpose, has announced the 3rd edition of the Meaningful Business 100 (MB100) recognising outstanding contributions of individuals in support of the UN Global Goals, sponsored by EY.

This year's award received over 500 nominations from 70 countries, following a global nomination process. Curated by an expert panel of 21 judges, including UNITAR's Executive Director and Assistant Secretary-General, Nikhil Seth; Stasia Mitchell, Global Entrepreneurship Leader, EY; Paul Lindley, Founder, Ella's Kitchen; Moky Makura, Executive Director, Africa No Filter and Sancia Dalley, SVP, Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights, each nominee was scored across five key areas: Durability, Impact, Innovation, Leadership and Scope.

The 100 business leaders include corporate CEOs, entrepreneurs, micro-entrepreneurs, sustainability leaders, functional heads and impact investors from 33 countries. Industries that dominate the list include healthcare, financial services, agriculture, energy and education.

Commenting on the MB100, Tom Lytton-Dickie, Founder & CEO of Meaningful Business said: “Congratulations to this year’s MB100 who represent the best of what business, entrepreneurship and social innovation can be. These individuals are dedicating their work to tackling the world’s most pressing issues, providing hope and inspiration to us all. Thank you to our judging panel who had an extremely difficult task in choosing from the incredibly high standard of entries submitted.”

As one of the MB100 judges, UNITAR's Executive Director, Nikhil Seth, said: "I would like to congratulate all of the winners recognised for their work combining profit and purpose to help achieve the UN Global Goals". 

Find out more about the 2021 MB100 winners. 


Meaningful Business is a curated network of progressive leaders across the world, combining purpose and profit to help achieve the UN Global Goals. The platform is focused on content creation, knowledge sharing and meaningful connections, bringing leaders together across geography, industry, role and company-size, to share and collaborate, resulting in increased positive impact. The community consists of Founders, CEOs, Impact Investors, Sustainability Heads, Humanitarian leaders and academics across 90+ countries. To learn more, visit: https://meaningful.business/



The United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) is a principal training arm of the United Nations, working in every region of the world. We empower individuals, governments and organizations through knowledge and learning to effectively overcome contemporary global challenges. UNITAR was established in 1965 as an autonomous body within the United Nations with the mandate of enhancing the effectiveness of the work of the United Nations and its Member States. In 2020, UNITAR’s reach extended to more than 300,000 beneficiaries through mostly e-learning and webinars, face-to-face seminars and workshops, or other training-related events. (www.unitar.org)

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