Categories for each region:

Companies

Business transformation

Circular transition of the year

This award recognises those companies that have developed a credible strategy to achieve a circular economy. We are looking for companies that have taken an innovative approach to restructuring their organisation to a circular approach.

From product innovations that eliminate waste and pollution to efficient closed-loop business models – this award recognises businesses that have demonstrated the achievability of a truly circular economy.

  1. The strategy
  2. The method
  3. The innovation
  4. The results

Community involvement program of the year

This award celebrates companies that are promoting social responsibility not just within their own organisation but throughout their community. Through community outreach programmes, charitable schemes, and sustainable business initiatives, we want to reward businesses that are putting sustainability and community development at the forefront of their practice.

Judges are looking for evidence of:

  1. The project or programme
  2. The engagement
  3. The impact
  4. The results/ legacy

Diversity and inclusion initiative of the year

The importance for companies to have strong Diversity, Inclusion & Equality (DI&E) practices, and the benefits of having a diverse workforce, are well known. From attracting the best talent, boosting employee satisfaction, and supporting creativity and financial success, the business case for DI&E innovation has never been stronger.

This award seeks to recognise the efforts of organisations whose initiatives in this area are helping lead the widespread movement to a more inclusive workplace. The winners of this category will have an initiative or strategy that demonstrates a considerable impact in improving the company's diversity across all areas of the business.

Judges are looking for evidence of:

  1. The initiative or strategy
  2. The method
  3. The impact
  4. The results

Energy efficiency initiative of the year

This award recognises the companies that have created and/or utilised groundbreaking energy efficient technologies, strategies, or business models to help reduce energy waste across any aspect of a business, from buildings and manufacturing, to transport and infrastructure.

The most successful entries will demonstrate clearly how they have achieved significant energy reduction through the implementation of a new business approach, with clear metrics illustrating the key results of this change and insights into how this model can be adopted by other companies to improve efficiency.

Judges are looking for evidence of:

  1. The innovation or strategy
  2. The method
  3. The energy saving (results)
  4. The legacy (how it can be adopted elsewhere)

Nature-based project of the year

Nature-based solutions are vital in the journey to net-zero, with estimates suggesting that effective nature-based projects could contribute around 20% of the mitigation needed to keep global temperatures from rising above 2⁰C before 2050. This award is aimed at any business leading an initiative that works to conserve and restore the natural environment and improve biodiversity.

From shifting to restorative agricultural approaches to credible nature-based carbon offset projects, to replenishing areas of damaged biodiversity, we will be looking to reward companies who are putting the restoration and preservation of nature at the forefront of their CSR initiatives.

Judges are looking for evidence of:

  1. The project / solution
  2. The method
  3. The impact
  4. The results

Net zero progression of the year

The drive and commitment to reach net-zero by 2050 has taken great strides in the last few years as governing bodies begin to enforce stronger net-zero targets. To reach these targets will require active transformation and investment from companies across all industries.

This award will celebrate organisations who have developed a credible strategy, either through internal team development or external activities, to begin the transition to net-zero. With detailed evidence of commitments, offset strategy and disclosures, the winners will be able to clearly demonstrate how they intend to reach net-zero.

Judges are looking for evidence of:

  1. The strategy
  2. The method
  3. Milestones / targets

Sustainability reporting of the year

This award will celebrate organisations who are setting the standard for sustainability reporting. The winner of this category will have demonstrated transparent, credible reporting, that is easily accessible and displays both the positive and negative impacts in their disclosures. We are looking for best in class in communicating their performance and impacts on sustainability topics.

Judges are looking for evidence of:

  1. The reporting tool framework
  2. The content
  3. Feedback from stakeholders

Plastic reduction initiative of the year

The war on plastic is picking up speed and companies across all industries are developing innovative solutions to reduce or eliminate plastic usage. This award seeks to recognise organisations who have demonstrably decreased or removed their plastic usage through the advent of a new product or technology, or through transforming their business approach.

Judges are looking for evidence of:

  1. The initiative
  2. The method
  3. The impact
  4. The results

Water stewardship of the year

This award is aimed at rewarding organisations that have adopted effective and sustainable water stewardship programmes that exemplify how water management can be socially equitable and environmentally viable. Through stakeholder engagement and pioneering business models, winners of this award will be leading the way in water stewardship.

Judges are looking for evidence of:

  1. The programme
  2. The method
  3. The impact
  4. The results

Pollution reduction initiative of the year

Reducing waste, be it emissions or gases, water or solid waste, is a critical aspect of a company's green transformation. The winners of this category will be an organisation that can prove significant reductions in waste and pollution through innovative approaches to resource efficiency and adopting forward thinking business strategies to address pollution.

Judges are looking for evidence of:

  1. The strategy
  2. The method
  3. The impact
  4. The results

Supply chain initiative of the year

This award recognises the companies that have taken steps to build a resilient and sustainable supply chain.

Judges are looking for evidence of:

  1. The steps
  2. The monitoring/analytics
  3. The results

Product innovation of the year

In order to achieve a sustainable future, we need advances in technologies and innovative new solutions. This award is for the organisations that are developing ground-breaking new technologies or products to deliver a sustainable economy.

Judges are looking for evidence of:

  1. The offering and why it is innovative
  2. The opportunities
  3. The results
  4. The impact

Global categories

Companies

Large enterprise of the year

This award is open to any organisation employing more than 250 people.

The time for change is now and this award will recognise those companies that are taking crucial steps to change their businesses to create a sustainable future. Winners of this category will be able to show what measures they are taking, and detail the positive impact it is having, to showcase why they should be a considered a best-in-class model for a sustainable company.

Judges are looking for evidence of:

  1. The transformation
  2. The implementation
  3. The impact
  4. The results

SME of the year

This award is open to any organisation employing less than 250 people.

The time for change is now and this award will recognise those companies that are taking crucial steps to change their businesses to create a sustainable future.

Winners of this category will be able to show what measures they are taking, and detail the positive impact it is having, to showcase why they should be a considered a best-in-class model for a sustainable company.

Judges are looking for evidence of:

  1. The transformation
  2. The implementation
  3. The impact
  4. The results

Individuals

Net zero champion of the year

  1. Name
  2. Achievements over the past 12 months
  3. Why they should be recognised

Sustainable business leader of the year

Aimed at individuals working at corporates.

  1. Name
  2. Achievements over the past 12 months
  3. Why they should be recognised

Sustainability thought leader of the year

Aimed at individuals working in NGOs, academics, research.

  1. Name
  2. Achievements over the past 12 months
  3. Why they should be recognised

Rising Star – under 30

  1. Name
  2. Achievements over the past 12 months
  3. Why they should be recognised

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