2017 Categories

The BusinessGreen Leaders Awards are looking to celebrate those organisations and individuals undertaking genuinely unique work that can be emulated by the wider business community and serve to drive green growth.

As such each entry will be judged against three over-arching criteria: innovation, applicability and competitiveness.

Closing date for entries is 5pm, Friday 17 March 2017


Please note: Entering is free and you can enter in as many categories as you see fit. However, if you are shortlisted it is our policy that you purchase a minimum of two seats for the awards.

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Manufacturer of the Year - View criteria

Open to any manufacturer that has embraced and promoted green best practices, slashing its environmental impacts in the process. The judges are looking for manufacturers who have deployed the latest innovative clean technologies and take proactive steps to enhance the efficiency and improve the environmental performance of their operations.

  • How have you curbed the environmental impact of your manufacturing processes?
  • How did you build the business case for embracing environmental best practices?
  • What clean technologies have you deployed to improve your environmental performance?
  • What steps have you taken to promote green manufacturing best practices?
  • What can other organisations learn from your experience?


Green Infrastructure Project of the Year - View criteria

Open to any infrastructure project that aims to curb environmental impacts while delivering state of the art services to the public, including smart grid, smart city, public transport, and/or water infrastructure initiatives. The judges are looking for projects that have demonstrably prioritised environmental performance and have used innovative new technologies to deliver infrastructure that will be critical to the development of a genuinely green economy.

  • How has the project curbed environmental impacts while delivering effective services to the public?
  • How was the project managed to ensure environmental performance was prioritised?
  • What clean technologies have been used to enhance the environmental performance of the project?
  • What can other infrastructure projects learn from your experience?


Ecosystem Project of the Year - View criteria

Open to any business-backed project that has successfully improved or protected natural ecosystems, delivering both environmental and economic benefits in the process. The judges are looking for projects that embody the latest in environmental services or natural capital thinking, and provide evidence of how the business community can benefit from improved natural habitats and biodiversity.

  • How has the project enhanced or protected natural ecosystems and the services and natural capital they provide?
  • How was the business case for the project developed and what environmental and economic benefits have resulted?
  • How did staff and other stakeholders engage with the project?
  • What innovative approaches were used to enhance or protect the ecosystem?
  • What can other organisations learn from your experience?


Employee Engagement Campaign of the Year - View criteria

Open to any business, large or small, that has made a concerted effort to engage employees and stakeholder in green behaviour change and emission and waste reduction initiatives. The judges are looking for ambitious, innovative, and effective programmes that have demonstrably led to environmental performance improvements across the organisation. Successful entrants must demonstrate how barriers to employee engagement have been overcome and show how support for green best practices was secured.

  • Why was a green employee engagement initiative needed in your business?
  • What steps did you take to overcome opposition to green behaviour change?
  • How did you grab colleagues’ attention and build support for green action?
  • What evidence can you provide detailing the success of the campaign?


Marketing/Advertising Campaign of the Year - View criteria

Open to any business, large or small, that has successfully promoted green products, services, or achievements to customers and prospective customers in the past year. Successful entrants will demonstrate an inspiring green marketing and/or advertising campaign that resonates with its target audience and has led to increased customer engagement. The judges are looking for highly innovative green messaging that avoids marketing cliches and identifies new and effective approaches for driving demand for green businesses.

  • What was the rationale and goal for your green marketing/advertising campaign?
  • How did you grab the attention of the target audience?
  • How did the campaign break with traditional approaches to green communications?
  • What evidence can you provide detailing the success of the campaign?


Consultancy of the Year - View criteria

Open to any consultancy that has helped organisations deliver substantial and quantifiable improvements in their environmental performance. The judges are looking for innovative thinking and a commitment to promoting fundamental changes in business models, as well as clear evidence that the entrant is providing new green services that are delivering tangible results. Successful entrants must also demonstrate that they have taken significant steps to reduce their own environmental impact.

  • What green consultancy services are you offering and how are you promoting sustainable behaviour amongst your clients?
  • What evidence can you provide of how your consultancy is helping to reduce environmental impacts?
  • How are you helping to shape the wider debate on the future of the low carbon economy?
  • What steps have you taken to reduce your own environmental footprint?


Sustainability Report of the Year - New for 2017 - View criteria

Open to any sustainability report from a business or social enterprise that effectively distils and promotes the organisation's sustainability performance. The judges will be looking for evidence of innovative and novel communications techniques, backed by transparent environmental reporting and ambitious green goals.

  • How did the report grab its audiences' attention? 
  • How did the team behind the report bring together all the relevant information on your organisation's environmental performance? 
  • How were the goals included in the report set and then delivered against? 
  • What could other organisations learn from your approach to environmental reporting?

 

Green Transport Project of the Year - New for 2017 - View criteria

Open to any transport-related project that serves to cut the environmental impact of an organisation's transport activities, be it through improved efficiency, reduced air pollution, lower carbon emissions or other means. This award is looking to recognise innovative and effective transport projects that have delivered new technologies or ways of working in a bid to tackle the environmental and social costs associated with our existing transport infrastructure.

  • What was the goal of the project and how was it achieved? 
  • What technologies and/or alternative processes were embraced to deliver the project? 
  • What environmental and commercial benefits accrued from the project? 
  • How did you develop the business case for the project and overcome any barriers to delivery? 
  • What could other organisations learn from the project?

 

NGO of the Year - View criteria

Open to any green charity or think tank that has helped to promote and facilitate greater understanding of green issues amongst the business community over the past year. The judges are looking for the NGO that has done the most to advance the green business movement and can provide detailed evidence of how its work is making it easier for firms to embrace sustainable business models.

  • How does your work support green businesses?
  • What examples can you give of innovative and successful green business projects?
  • How has your organisation contributed to wider understanding of environmental issues?


Sustainability Team of the Year - View criteria

Open to any sustainability team that has delivered significant and quantifiable environmental improvements for their business this year. This award recognises the team that has had the greatest impact on the wider organisation, raising awareness of green issues amongst colleagues, enhancing business competitiveness, and delivering tangible operational and environmental improvements. The judges will be looking for evidence of effective team-work, innovative promotion of sustainability strategies and effective execution of green projects.

  • What green projects has your team undertaken this year?
  • What evidence do you have of the success of these projects?
  • How has your team helped bolster overall commercial competitiveness?
  • How has your team promoted green projects and initiatives across the organisation?
  • What strategies have you deployed that other businesses could learn from?


Young Sustainability Executive of the Year - View criteria

Open to any green professional under the age of 35 who has helped to drive substantial environmental improvements across their organisation and/or the wider green economy. This award is looking for innovative young thinkers who have served to raise the profile of green issues, developed exciting new ideas to tackle environmental problems, and are on track to play a high profile role in the development of the low carbon economy.

  • What makes you one of the green business leaders of tomorrow?
  • Can you give detailed examples of how you have addressed an environmental challenge faced by your organisation?
  • How have you encouraged colleagues to embrace greener business models and behaviours?
  • Can you provide detailed evidence of successful green projects you have been involved in?


Sustainability Executive of the Year - View criteria

Open to any executive with overall responsibility for their firm's sustainability strategy. This award recognises the individual who has delivered the greatest improvements in environmental performance and helped to make sustainability central to their company's overall strategy. The judges will be looking for evidence of how you led innovative and successful green projects, raised the profile of environmental issues both within and outside your organisation, and helped enhance your organisation's competitiveness.

  • What green projects have you led this year?
  • To what extent has your organisation's environmental performance improved?
  • How has your sustainability strategy impacted the wider organisation and its customers?
  • What evidence can you provide of green business innovation that you have instigated and delivered?


Small Business of the Year - View criteria

This award is open to any business employing fewer than 100 people and entries for all awards from businesses with fewer than 100 staff will automatically be entered into this category as well. The award recognises green start-ups that are not only acting now to cut environmental impacts, but are also working on products and services that can play a key role in the future low carbon economy. The judges are looking for a fast-expanding firm that is green in every aspect of its operations and can act as a template for other small businesses across the country.

  • What makes your products and services green?
  • What steps have you taken to reduce your organisation's environmental impact?
  • What evidence can you provide detailing your organisation's success?
  • How do you plan to expand over the next 12 months?
  • What lessons can you divulge to other green start ups?


Leader of the Year - View criteria

This special award will go to the CEO or senior executive who has done the most over the past 12 months to drive the development and adoption of more sustainable business models. We are looking for an inspiring leader who has not only been instrumental in driving positive environmental change at their organisation, but has also helped to make the wider case for the green economy.

  • How have you led the implementation of fundamental change across your business?
  • Have you overseen cutting edge clean technology projects?
  • Have you helped promote the business case for a more sustainable economic model?
  • What lessons can other business leaders gain from your experiences?


Company of the Year - View criteria

This special award will go to the business that has done the most to advance the green economy over the past 12 months. The judges are not looking for perfection, but they are looking for an organisation that is genuinely committed to developing new and more sustainable ways of doing business. The winner will provide detailed evidence of the initiatives they are undertaking to reduce their environmental impacts, develop new green products, and promote the emerging low carbon economy.

  • What commitments have you made to improving your environmental performance?
  • How much progress have you made towards your green goals in the past year?
  • What makes your businesses sustainability strategy stand out from that of its peers?
  • What steps have you taken to promote the wider green economy to your employees, customers, and stakeholders?

Renewable Energy Project of the Year - View criteria

Open to any renewable energy project large or small, this award will go to the most innovative alternative energy project with potential to act as a template for future renewable energy deployments. The judges are looking for a project that was well managed, made use of cutting edge renewable energy technology, demonstrated how to overcome barriers to deployment, and delivered significant environmental benefits.

  • What was the goal of your project and how was it achieved?
  • How did you make the business case for the project?
  • How did you overcome barriers to deployment?
  • What environmental and commercial benefits have resulted from the project?
  • What can other organisations learn from your experience?

Innovation of the Year Award - View criteria

This award is open to projects and organisations that have demonstrated genuine innovation in the pursuit of improved environmental performance over the past year. The judges are looking for a technology or business model that promises to deliver significant environmental improvements, be it through deep cuts in greenhouse emissions, energy use, water consumption, waste production or biodiversity impacts. The winner will demonstrate a unique technology or service that challenges current business thinking and promises tangible environmental benefits.

  • What makes your technology or service truly innovative?
  • How will it help deliver the scale of environmental improvements that are required?
  • How could your innovation be applied across the wider economy?
  • What are your plans to drive adoption of your innovation?


Green PR Company of the Year - View criteria

This award will go to the PR, marketing or communications firm that has done the most to advance the cause of green businesses and the wider green economy in the past year. The judges are looking for a firm that has significantly raised the profile of its green clients through innovative multi-platform campaigns, while also engaging audiences with effective messaging that encourages them to embrace more sustainable behaviours.

  • What green business campaigns have you instigated this year and how can you demonstrate their success?
  • What makes the campaigns you have orchestrated stand out from others?
  • How have you overcome challenges such as "greenwash" and audience indifference?
  • What steps have you taken to ensure your organisation improves its own environmental performance?


Green IT Project of the Year - View criteria

This award will go to the green IT project that has deployed the most innovative technologies to help curb an organisation's carbon footprint and enhance its environmental performance. The judges are looking for a cutting-edge project that showcases the latest in green IT, demonstrating how new technologies can serve to enhance energy efficiency and/or improve an organisation's environmental management.

  • What was the goal of your project and how was it achieved
  • How did you make the business case for the project?
  • What environmental and commercial benefits have resulted from the project?
  • What can other organisations learn from your experience?


Circular Economy Project of the Year - View criteria

Open to any waste management, recycling, or resource efficiency project that has delivered significant and quantifiable reductions in the amount of waste being sent to landfill and helped to advance the circular economy. The judges are looking for innovative projects that have not just curbed waste levels, but have delivered broader financial and competitive benefits to the organisation and have helped to engage employees with circular economy issues.

  • What was the goal of your project and how was it achieved?
  • How did you make the business case for the project?
  • How did you overcome barriers to deployment?
  • How much waste has been avoided as a result of the project?
  • What environmental and commercial benefits have resulted from the project?
  • How does the project embody circular economy principles?
  • What can other organisations learn from your experience?


Energy Efficiency Project of the Year - View criteria

This award will recognise the project that best highlights the broad benefits associated with energy efficiency measures, and demonstrates how innovative technologies and approaches can deliver financial and environmental benefits for organisations. The judges are looking for ambitious energy efficiency projects from organisations of all sizes that demonstrate significant energy efficiency gains.

  • What was the goal of your project and how was it achieved?
  • How did you make the business case for the project?
  • How did you overcome barriers to deployment?
  • How significant were the energy efficiency gains the project delivered?
  • What wider environmental and commercial benefits resulted from the project?
  • What can other organisations learn from your experience?
  • How can the project be replicated more widely?





Politician of the Year - View criteria

This special award will go to the politician who has done the most to advance the cause of the green economy in the past year. The winner of the award will be selected by the judges, but if you would like to nominate a politician who you think is particularly deserving of the BusinessGreen Politician of the Year accolade then comments on their merits will be taken into consideration.

Lifetime Achievement Award - View criteria

This special award will go to the company, organisation or individual that has dedicated their life to the advancement of the green economy and the development of more sustainable technologies and/or business models. The winner of the award will be selected by the judges, but if you would like to nominate a company, organisation or individual who you think is particularly deserving of the BusinessGreen Lifetime Achievement Award, then comments on their merits will be taken into consideration.

Fast-track company of the year - View criteria

Open to any green business that is fewer than five years old and has achieved double digit revenue growth in the past year. The judges are looking for companies that are driving genuine green growth through the provision of the kind of new products and services that are serving to create new green markets. Successful entrants must demonstrate how they have delivered rapid and sustainable growth, how they plan to deliver the next phase of expansion for their organisation, and how they have managed to differentiate their offering from the competition.

  • How fast has your company grown in the past five years?
  • How have you managed this rapid expansion and how do you plan to build on your recent success?
  • What steps have you taken to ensure your green products or services stand out from the rest of the market?
  • How are you helping to shape the wider green economy and promote the benefits that come with clean technologies and services


Entrepreneur of the year - View criteria

Open to any entrepreneur who has founded a successful green business in the past five years, this award is aiming to celebrate the best in green entrepreneurship. The judges are looking for an individual who has demonstrated true entrepreneurship and took a risk to build a new and exciting green business. Successful entrants will be able to demonstrate how they identified a gap in the market and developed a business capable of meeting demand for a new and innovative green product or service.

  • How did you identify the opportunity for your business?
  • What barriers did you have to overcome to found your business and how did you succeed in turning your vision into a reality?
  • What evidence do you have of the company's success in recent years?
  • How do you plan to build on your recent success?