Marking its 10th anniversary, the Charles Bronfman Prize announced that Canadian Sam Goldman, founder and chief customer officer at D.light Design, an international social enterprise, is the 2014 award recipient.
Each year, the Charles Bronfman Prize — and an accompanying $100,000 award — is presented to a visionary and dynamic humanitarian under the age of 50 whose work is informed by Jewish values, has global impact that changes lives and inspires future generations.
“Sam has created a truly distinctive social entrepreneurial model to design, manufacture, distribute and finance an affordable product that is already improving the lives of more than 33 million people in 62 countries — a substantial number of those in 2013 alone,” said Stuart E. Eizenstat, a former U.S. ambassador to the European Union, speaking on behalf of the international panel of judges who selected Goldman for the prize. “Replacing expensive and dangerous kerosene, which produces low-quality light and noxious fumes, with affordable solar products that provide greatly improved lighting, transforms an unhealthy and dangerous environment for some of the most impoverished people in the world. It simultaneously reduces greenhouse gas emissions and improves education by providing the light students need in order to study.”
After spending years conducting humanitarian work across the globe, Goldman founded D.light to provide the most reliable, affordable and accessible solar lighting and power systems for the developing world with a goal of reaching 100 million people by 2020.