Manufacturer of the Year

 

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 taken proactive steps to enhance the efficiency and improve the environmental performance of their operations.

  • What commitments has your organisation made to improving its 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?
  • What can other organisations learn from your company's experience?

 

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Green Infrastructure Project of the Year

 

Open to any infrastructure or environmental infrastructure project that aims to curb environmental impacts while delivering state of the art services to the public, including but not limited to smart grid, smart city, public transport, water infrastructure, and/or ecosystem services and natural capital initiatives. The judges are looking for projects that have demonstrably prioritised environmental performance and have used innovative new technologies or approaches to deliver green infrastructure that will be critical to the development of a genuinely sustainable 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 or processes have been used to enhance the environmental performance of the project? 
  • What can other green infrastructure projects learn from your experience?

 

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Digital Project of the Year | *New for 2018*

 

Open to any project that has bolstered environmental performance through the use of digital technologies, either through reducing the environmental impact of ICT infrastructure or harnessing the power of smart systems to improve wider environmental performance. The judges are looking for innovative technologies and approaches that have successfully delivered large scale environmental savings and performance benefits.

  • How has the project helped reduce environmental impacts?
  • What new ICT systems were deployed to deliver environmental gains?
  • How was the business case for the project developed and how did it overcome any challenges it faced?
  • How could the project be scaled up to deliver wider benefits? 
  • What could other organisations learn from the project?

 

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Employee Engagement Campaign of the Year

 

Open to any business, large or small, that has made a concerted effort to engage employees 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 amongst colleagues was secured and maintained.

  • 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?
  • How have you maintained support for green behaviours amongst colleagues?
  • What could other organisations learn from your campaign?

 

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CSR/Marketing/Advertising Campaign of the Year

 

Open to any business, large or small, that has successfully promoted green products, services, or achievements to customers, prospective customers, and stakeholders 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 clichés and identifies new and effective approaches for driving demand for green businesses.

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

 

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Consultancy of the Year

 

Open to any consultancy or advisory firm 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 the entrant is providing green services that are delivering tangible results. Successful entrants must also demonstrate that they have taken significant steps to reduce their own environmental impact and promote greener business models across the economy.

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

 

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Sustainability Report of the Year

 

Open to any sustainability report from a business, social enterprise, or public sector body 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?

 

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Transport Project of the Year

 

Open to any transport-related project that serves to cut the environmental impact of an organisation or community's transport activities, be it through improved efficiency, reduced air pollution, lower carbon emissions and/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/or 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

 

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Environmental Awareness Campaign of the Year | *New for 2018*

 

Open to any campaign that has helped promote and facilitate greater understanding of environmental issues amongst the business community and wider public over the past year. The campaign could be led by NGOs, think tanks, businesses, or the public bodies. The judges are looking for effective campaigns that can provide detailed evidence of how they enhanced awareness of the complex challenges and opportunities associated with environmental issues and the green economy.

  • What environmental issue did the campaign seek to raise environmental awareness around?
  • How did the campaign identify its target audience and grab their attention?
  • What were the results of the campaign in terms of both business and public awareness and tangible reforms?
  • What could other organisations learn from the campaign?

 

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Sustainability Team of the Year

 

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 its 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 sustainability 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?

 

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Young Sustainability Executive of the Year | *Entries & nominations*

 

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 future development of the low carbon economy.

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

 

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Sustainability Executive of the Year | *Entries & nominations*

 

This award category is aimed at giving employees within credit at any business the chance to nominate their employer, demonstrating that they have created an excellent place to work through training, recognition, customer satisfaction and rewards.

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

 

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Small Business of the Year

 

This award is open to any business employing fewer than 100 people. The award recognises smaller green businesses and start-ups that are not only acting to cut their current 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 firms that are green in every aspect of their 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 can other businesses learn from your experience?

 

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Leader of the Year | *Entries & nominations*

 

Who should be named the BusinessGreen Leader of the Year 2018? We are seeking nominations for the CEO or senior executive who you think 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 accelerated development of a green economy.

  • Who should be named the BusinessGreen Leader of the Year 2018?
  • Why are you/the nominee one of the top leaders in the green economy today?
  • How have you/the nominee promoted green business practices and the development of a sustainable economy?

 

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Company of the Year

 

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 has your organisation made to improving its 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?
  • What can other organisations learn from your company's experience?

 

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Innovation of the Year Award

 

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 and/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 large scale environmental improvements?
  • How could your innovation be applied across the wider economy?
  • How big is the market opportunity your innovation addresses?
  • What are your plans to drive adoption of your innovation?

 

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Communications Agency of the Year

 

This award will go to the communications agency 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 PR, marketing or communications firm that has significantly raised the profile of its green clients through innovative multi-platform campaigns, while also engaging a wide range of audiences with effective messaging that encourages them to embrace more sustainable products and behaviours.

  • 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?

 

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Renewable Energy Project of the Year

 

This award is open to any renewable energy project that has demonstrated a wide range of environmental and economic benefits associated with clean energy deployment and development. The judges are looking for projects of any scale that deliver technical innovation, effective community and stakeholder engagement, and green jobs.

  • What was the goal of the project and how was it achieved?
  • How did the project overcome barriers to deployment?
  • What innovations did the project embrace to enhance its performance?
  • How did the project engage with a range of stakeholders?
  • What could other projects learn from your project's approach?

 

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Investor of the Year | *New for 2018*

 

Open to any green investment fund or financial institution that has successfully supported the roll out of clean technologies, green infrastructure, and more sustainable business models over the past year. The judges are looking for investors who can not only demonstrate a successful investment track record, but can also show how they are identifying and enabling a wide range of green projects and companies.

  • How has your organisation identified and enacted green investment opportunities?
  • Can you give examples of some of your most successful green investments?
  • How have you addressed climate-related risk concerns?
  • How have you helped shape the wider debate about the growing role of green finance in the economy?
  • What can other organisations learn from your experience?

 

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Entrepreneur of the year

 

Open to any entrepreneur who has founded and run a successful green business, 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, exciting, and innovative 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 green 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?
  • What could other organisations learn from your experience?

 

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Supply Chain Project of the Year | *New for 2018*

 

Many businesses have recognised that their biggest environmental impacts come in their supply chain. This award is open to any organisation that is actively working to improve environmental performance across its supply chain. The judges are looking for effective and holistic green supply chain projects that have worked with a range of suppliers to identify environmental risks and curb impacts.

  • How did you develop your green supply chain project?
  • What barriers did you overcome to deliver the project?
  • How have you engaged with a range of suppliers and built support for the programme?
  • What results have you seen from the project?
  • What can other organisations learn from your experience?

 

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Energy Efficiency Project of the Year

 

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?

 

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Circular Economy Project of the Year

 

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 an organisation or community and have helped to engage a range of stakeholders with circular economy issues.

  • What was the goal of your circular economy 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?

 

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Politician of the Year

 

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 BusinessGreen team with input from our judging panel. However, 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.

 

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Lifetime Achievement Award

 

This special award will go to the company, organisation or individual that has dedicated their career 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 BusinessGreen team with input from our judging panel, 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.

 

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