Bristol Myers Squibb Lead 2030 Challenge for SDG-12

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Opportunity Description

Bristol-Myers Squibb (BMS), a bio-pharma company, supports the Lead 2030 Challenge for SDG-12. Applicants worldwide can apply for this Challenge to reduce waste and toxins released into the environment to improve health outcomes.

Young innovators applying for the Lead 2030 Challenge should provide solutions and projects that:

  • Shows a strong focus on the link between health and waste;
  • Remove obstacles to individuals or corporates’ access to reuse or recycling programs; 
  • Educate academic institutions, governments, employers, and community members on the business case to reduce, recycle and reuse wastes and make a connection to health or health equity;
  • Avoid food waste and loss in the food supply chain, from post-harvest to retailers and consumers;
  • Reduction of harmful chemicals and toxins release through e-waste reuse and recycling. 

The BMS’s long-term environmental goals include sourcing 100% of purchasing power from renewable sources by 2030, achieving a goal of zero waste to landfill by 2040, and achieving net neutrality in direct and indirect greenhouse gas emissions by 2040. BMS runs initiative programs to fulfill the zero-waste-to-landfill commitment, including the Green Chemistry Program and Cultivating Leadership in Millennials and Beyond (CLIMB). 

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According to Lancet Commission on pollution and health, pollution caused about 9 million premature deaths in 2019. The estimated weight of global waste produced each year reaches 2 billion metric tons and will rise to 3.4 billion metric tons by 2050. Each year around eight million metric tons of plastic are discarded in the ocean, which is increasing. Each year, 40 million tons of electronic waste are generated worldwide. This human waste pollution does impact not only planetary health but also human health.


  • Application Deadline: 31 January 2023
  • Second Round Application Deadline: 8 March 2023
  • Result of Shortlists: 15 February 2023 
  • Candidate Interviews: 29 March – 12 April 2023
  • Winners Confirmed: 17 April 2023
  • Host Organization: One Young World
  • Supporting Organization: Bristol-Myers Squibb (BMS)
  • Location: N/A
  • Gender: Male/Female
  • Funding Type: Fully-funded  
  • Number of Positions: N/A
  • Degree: None  
  • Eligible Countries: All 
  • Program Duration: 2.5 Months 
  • Language Required: English  
  • Field of Study: Sustainability– SDG-12 (Responsible Consumption and Production)   


The winning solution of the Lead 2030 Challenge for SDG-12 will receive the following:

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  • Sponsorship to join in the One Young World Summit 2023;
  • A USD 50,000 Bristol Myers Squibb grant;
  • Twelve months mentorship by a BMS professionals and partners team. The mentorship team will help the applicant’s solution based on their organization or initiative needs, such as:
  1. Business strategy
  2. Best practices for data collection
  3. Monitoring and evaluation
  4. Product design

Eligibility Criteria

All applicants who want to apply for this Challenge should meet the following requirements:

  • Be Aligned: The applicant should align the solution must be aligned with the SDG-12 Challenge. See ‘About.’
  • Youth-led: A person aged 18 – 30 should have found the solution.
  • Focused: The solution must have a well-structured time frame, identify key beneficiaries and stakeholders, and propose reasonable and well-thought outcomes.
  • Proven: The solution is readily available, tested, implemented, or scaled.
  • Impactful: The solution should have a positive social impact, such as generating employment opportunities, educational outcomes, and developing skills. 
  • Measurable: The solution’s effect on society must be sufficiently measurable.
  • Financially Viable: Be able to survive independently through the resources the solution generates or the investments and donations they attract.
  • Scalable: Can raise impact after expanding in size, scope, or into other regions.

How to Apply?

Applicants should fill in the online form for the Lead 2030 Challenge by entering the link below.

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For more information about the Lead 2030 Challenge, please visit One Young World Website

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