To celebrate its 15th anniversary, Cartier Women’s Initiative releases its Impact Report
Since 2006, the Cartier Women’s Initiative has helped women impact entrepreneurs to reach their full potential by shining a light on their achievements and providing them with the necessary financial, social and human capital support to grow their businesses and build their leadership skills. The program is open to women-run and women-owned businesses from any country and sector that aim to have a strong and sustainable positive impact on society as defined by the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.
In the spirit of continuous improvement and to mark the 15th anniversary of the program, the Cartier Women’s Initiative has placed Impact at the heart of its 2022 edition, looking back on the program’s evolution and its impact.
I) The Cartier Women’s Initiative Impact Report
Fifteen years on, the Cartier Women’sInitiative has supported 262 women impact entrepreneurs hailing from 62 countries and has awarded a total of $6,440,000 in prize money to support their businesses. The fellowship has expanded from funding five fellows in 2007 to 24 fellows in 2021. Since the launch of the community pillar in January 2019, aiming to support fellows by connecting them with a global network that can provide them with access to relationships, knowledge and capital, more than 320 community members have actively engaged with the community and 62 community events have been hosted.
In 2021, to assess the impact of the program across the globe, The Cartier Women’s Initiative fielded a 40- questions online survey to its 228 former fellows. This survey became the baseline for Cartier Women’s initiative impact measurement.
With the launch of the Impact Report, which put the light on the powerful ripples of positive changes initiated by these women entrepreneurs, Cartier Women’s Initiative is aiming to improve the program and expand opportunities to more women impact entrepreneurs worldwide. Going forward, the program intends to create a global network of diverse allies of the Cartier Women’s Initiative community that can amplify that impact by leveraging their unique strengths: their circle of fellows, their knowledge of the ecosystem, and their ability to activate different players.
II) Impact Awardees
To celebrate furthermore the impact of the program, the Cartier Women’s Initiative has unveiled for the very first time, 9 impact awardees —former fellows whose businesses have achieved significant impact. The Impact Awards cover three categories: Improving Lives, Preserving the Planet and Creating Opportunities, which are based on the United Nations Sustainable Development goals. Three former fellows are recognized in each of these three categories