BMW Foundation Responsible Leaders Award 2016: Recognizing Initiatives having Positive Social Impact!

Deadline: 4 January 2016

BMW Foundation is seeking applications for its Responsible Leaders Award 2016 to recognize those Responsible Leaders who develop and operate exemplary initiatives for the common good in their professional or private lives. The awards are given in recognition of this personal commitment and the positive social impact of the initiative.

The BMW Foundation will provide long-term assistance to these initiatives and organize support through its Responsible Leaders Network and partners.

The BMW Foundation aims to facilitate global dialogue and to drive social innovation. To this end, they bring together people from across cultures, countries and communities around selected key areas. They believe that their approach breaks down barriers between politics, business, academia, and non profits and allows society to benefit from the energy and creativity that result from cross-sector collaboration.


  • Promoting Responsible Leaders
  • Facilitating Global Dialogue
  • Driving Social Innovation

Award Benefits

  • Prize money of up to 30,000 Euro. The Jury will decide on how to divide the total amount amongst the winners.
  • Tailored support to the initiative depending on the specific needs of the project, e.g. Impact Sessions during the World Responsible Leaders Forum 2016 in Munich.
  • Longer-term involvement of the BMW Foundation and its network in order to help scale the impact of the initiative.
  • All finalists will be able to attend a workshop in which discussions on how the BMW Foundation and its Responsible Leaders Network could offer support will be made, including the preparation of a Thematic or Impact Session for the upcoming World Responsible Leaders Forum in May 2016.

Selection Criteria

  • Applicant is a member of the BMW Foundation Responsible Leaders Network and plays a role in the initiative.
  • The initiative has been operating for a minimum of 2 years.
  • It excels in the use of innovative methods.
  • It creates significant social, environmental or political impact.
  • It aims to scale its impact nationally and/or internationally.
  • It has a long-term vision.
  • It can demonstrate a plan for financial sustainability in the mid to long-term.
  • It can profit from – and is open to make good use of – the non-financial resources of the BMW Foundation and its network.

How to Apply

Interested candidates can apply via given website.

For more information, please visit BMW Foundation Responsible Leaders Award 2016.


  1. John Waweru Gakunga says:

    Interwaste R&D (EA) Trust is a nonprofit community welfare based.The proposed priority initiatives include: promoting urban waste resources recovery education in universities; facilitating urban wate , sanitation and hygiene initiatives; climate change issues solutions and campaigns ;infrastructure/facilities developments; Wastes (solid waste+wastewater=biosolids) to energy for sustainable developments in cities and R&D activities in areas listed in Great Lakes and the Horn of Africa 12 countries. We need strategic and specialised partners for partnerships and funding,particularly startups in first stage, to improve our community lives,wellbeing,eradication of poverty and diseases. The partners will help in delivery of training,capacity building and implementation of the said initiatives/services. Thank you.

    Kind regards

    John Waweru Gakunga
    Founder and Managing Trustee
    Interwaste R&D (EA) Trust