About TRANSFORM

Delivering lasting impact through the power of inclusive markets.


TRANSFORM has supported 56 business models and research projects, enabling innovation and sharing our learnings with the world.

TRANSFORM is a unique joint initiative between Unilever, the UK’s Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO) and EY. Established in 2015, it works to accelerate impact enterprises, blending funding and support to deliver market-based solutions to the world’s biggest development challenges. TRANSFORM uses its capabilities and expertise in marketing, distribution, digital, and business resilience to deliver transformative market-based solutions to low-income households in sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia that last. The initiative has supported 56 projects in 13 countries so far.

Unlocking the power of markets

Inclusive, market-based solutions that crowd in the best of private sector creativity.

Serving people, not beneficiaries

Impactful products and services built around the real needs of those who use them.

Scaling impact with technology

Leveraging digital for reach, insights, efficiency and scale.

Our impact worldwide

We’ve supported 56 projects in 13 countries to date. We support social enterprises across sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia.

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Projects supported

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People impacted

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Countries reached

Our enterprises and the services they provide answer some of the most persistent development challenges. From e-commerce access through to digital healthcare solutions or sanitation services, TRANSFORM enterprises take an agile and consumer-focused approach to meeting the needs of the world’s most vulnerable communities.

Founding & programme-level partners

TRANSFORM is a joint initiative between Unilever, the UK’s Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) and EY.
  • Unilever
    Corporate
    Unilever is a global company selling fast-moving consumer goods working to make sustainable living common place.
  • FCDO
    Government
    The UK’s Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) leads the UK’s work internationally, reducing poverty and tackling global challenges.
  • EY
    Corporate
    EY is a global leader in assurance, tax, strategy, transaction and consulting services, with a purpose of building a better working world.

How to get involved

Join the TRANSFORM Survive & Thrive community to collaborate with other enterprises and our contributing partners.

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