21 April 2023
19 October 2023
The Garden of Amsterdam
21 April 2023
19 October 2023
The Garden of Amsterdam
Entrepreneurial spirit. Innovative mindset. A passion for change. Committing to progress in corporate sustainability requires vision and resilience to succeed.
From reducing scope 3 emissions to collaborating for the greater good, leaders around the world are making huge strides to put ESG at the forefront of their businesses.
Now it’s time to have your hard work recognised. Enter your team initiatives, product launches or deserving colleagues into the World Sustainability Awards for the chance to gain exposure on a global stage.
Choose categories where you have clear evidence of the impact your project, team, or organisation has made. There is no limit to the number of categories you may enter, but we recommend aiming for quality submissions over quantity. Click on each category name to see what the judges will be looking for.
Recognising an organisation that is significantly reducing greenhouses gas emissions across its value chain Companies across the world are committing to reduce their greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and ensure global warming is kept to below 1.5°C. Leaders in this space are translating this intent into action, making fast progress to reduce their CO2 footprint in both their direct operations and wider value chain.
Showcasing a company that demonstrates collaboration and innovation in addressing ESG issues in the supply chain For many organisations, the supply chain is responsible for most of their environmental and social footprint. This category recognises teams that are adopting innovative methods to identify ESG issues in their supply chain and are working collaboratively with suppliers to effect change.
Recognising organisations that ensure human rights are upheld across their value chain From forced labour to poor working conditions, the value chains of modern businesses are often filled with human rights issues that must be addressed. This category recognises an organisation that can demonstrate significantly improving human rights – as defined by the UN Charter and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights – across its business.
Recognising an organisation that is leading the way towards a more circular model of business The circular economy challenges businesses to rethink their operations and value chains. To bring about a more sustainable future, it demands the creation of ‘loops’ in which materials and products are continuously reused, recycled and retained. This category recognises an organisation that has gone above and beyond to help create this economy, making significant changes to how they run their business to do so.
Recognising organisations that have embedded diversity and inclusion into how they run their business Today, many organisations are doubling down on diversity & inclusion, with many publicly committing to making inclusive growth a priority. Leaders in this space are going beyond making pledges for better D&I, with tangible changes made to their hiring practices and both company-wide and senior-level representation.
Recognising companies that have put sustainable growth at the heart of how they do business There is often a perception in business that profit and sustainability are at odds with one another. Leaders can demonstrate that this view is incorrect and that, far from being an inhibitor of profitability, sustainability can be an enabler of it.
Showcasing a collaboration between two organisations that is having a positive and lasting impact on ESG conditions Organisations cannot address sustainability conditions across their value chains alone. To make progress, businesses must partner with a range of different external stakeholders, from consumers to suppliers, to local governments and NGOs. This award recognises one such collaboration and the positive impact it is having on sustainability.
Celebrating a newly launched product or service that is having an immediate impact on sustainability As more businesses embrace ESG, new and exciting products are being launched into market with sustainability at their heart. This award recognises one such product or service launched over the past 12 months and its positive impact on people and planet.
Recognising the organisation that is leading the way in environmental and social sustainability From an organisation’s environmental footprint to how they address social conditions and racial and gender equality, how “sustainable” a business is can be determined by multiple indicators. Leading companies are making progress across the spectrum, systematically changing the way they operate to reduce their impact on the planet, foster better inclusion and diversity, and improve the livelihoods of those affected by their business.
Showcasing a sustainability team that shares a clear purpose, drives progress, and effects change The sustainability function is critical in modern business. To achieve their ESG targets and grow sustainably, businesses now look to their sustainability teams to lead the way. This category recognises the team that works collaboratively towards a shared sustainability purpose. This team will demonstrate initiative, creativity, and resilience to effect change in their organisation and improve ESG conditions.
Celebrating the senior-most sustainability leader who empowers their team, inspires progress, and is focused on delivering sustainable growth Sustainability leaders are changing how modern businesses operate. By implementing new ways of working, building teams, and inspiring those around them, they are leading the way to a more sustainable future. The Sustainability Leader of the Year award is open to Chief Sustainability Officers or the senior-most ESG executive within the business.
Highlighting an individual to watch for the future – a high performer passionate about environment and social justice who is set to have a lasting impact on sustainability Recognising and developing future leaders is crucial to ensure a more sustainable way of conducting business. These are the individuals who will transform the way in which companies approach environmental and social issues, paving the way towards a more sustainable future.
Recognising a technology that is having a transformative impact on environment and society Technology plays a crucial role in sustainability. Whether reducing CO2 levels in the manufacturing process or developing sustainable design methods, businesses cannot progress the ESG agenda without innovation. This category recognises technologies that improve environmental performance (such as in the use of energy, materials, and waste) or social conditions (such as labour rights, health and safety, and working conditions).
Celebrating a start-up that is disrupting markets with its innovative approach to sustainability In tandem with the rising importance of corporate sustainability, the number of start-ups with sustainability at the core of their business model is increasing every year. This category celebrates one such start-up that is making a transformative impact on the ESG space.