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The 5th Annual

Responsible Business Awards

September 29th 2014, London

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Ethical Corporation's Responsible Business Award winners 2014 announced

Ethical Corporation wishes to thank all of this year's entrants again - and the winners are... drumroll...

Best B2B Partnership

Highly commended - Mars Incorporated - Mesquite Creek Wind Farm

Inspirational, innovative, raising the bar for the sector and making a tangible difference on a potential global scale project. We’d like to see Mars incorporate mentoring/sharing of best practices and help other companies take on similar initiatives.

Winner - Glanbia Ingredients Ireland Ltd (GIIL) and Diageo - GIIL and Baileys Sustainable Cream Initiative

An impressive long term, mutually beneficial partnership with Diageo with the ongoing effort and wide dairy industry effects.
Best business/NGO partnership

Highly commended - Barclays and Care and Plan UK - Banking on Change

A unique savings rather than credit-led approach that allows increasing individual savings and financial literacy in undeveloped areas.

Winner - Interface and Zoological Society of London - Net-Works: delivering social, economic and environmental benefits to the Philippines

It’s a real social business project, economically successful and one that creates a truly sustainable business model.

Best consumer engagement campaign (social media and traditional)

Mentioned - CVS Caremark - CVS Quits

Struck by the boldness of the decision on a major consumer and national issue. Excellent personal  consumer engagement campaign which brings in national leadership.

Highly commended - B&Q - Great British Bee Count - Smart Phone App (B&Q and Friends of the Earth)

A truly grassroots project, relevant to the business with clear metrics and measurement period. We look forward to learning about the results!  Very consumer orientated.

Winner - Santander Brazil - Reduza e Compense CO2

Original and tangible public awareness campaign, very much integrated on positive business opportunities, which is also replicable anywhere in the world. The project benefits investors and provides meaning awareness through engagement with citizens

Best employee engagement

Highly commended - Seventh Generation - LEAD w/Values

A truly integrated approach with strong learning and benchmarking pillars, also well incentivised by annual bonuses.

Winner - Itaú Unibanco - Financial Education at Itaú Unibanco: a challenge that begins at home

The project shows a very clear link back to mainstream business practice. It is a truly integrated engagement on a very crucial issue such as financial literacy.


Best private company

Highly commended - Roshan - A Changemaker in 2014

Roshan is a major economic force in the country with a  unique business model that has an effect against all odds.

Winner - Mars Incorporated

An impressive commitment company, with a number of strong projects across the business.
Best small and medium size company

Mentioned - The Mad Monkey Hostel - Social Responsibility As A Core Business Driver

If there was a category for best social enterprise, The Mad Monkey Hostel should have won it. It’s scalable and inspiring.

Highly commended - Elan Hair Design - The UK’s most eco-friendly hair salon

A truly compelling business case.

Winner - MBA Polymers - Sustainable Polymer Technology

Sustainability is at the core of their business. Its commitment to sustainability is impressive.

Best supplier engagement

Highly commended - Woolworths - Enterprise development: Farming for the future

The project demonstrated a holistic mutually beneficial supplier engagement approach.

Winner - Nestle - Responsible Sourcing at Nestle

Programs are very clear and have a good scale with well-defined standards and targets as well as tracking for now. Strong commitment to traceability back to source.
Best sustainability report

Highly commended - H&M - H&M Sustainability Report 2013

A very clear, honest report. Accessible and easy to extract information.

Winner - The Maersk Group - The Maersk Group’s Sustainability Report 2013

Good transparency on challenges and achievements. Openly spoken about issues they face with good overview of 2013 performance as well as on their future strategy.

CEO of the year

Winner - Yes Bank - Rana Kapoor

Mr Kapoor has been very vocal about promoting responsible banking in India.  This is an excellent model for CEOs today across all industry sectors.

Ms Namita Vikas, Senior President and Country Head, Responsible Banking, YES BANK would be receiving the Award on behalf of Mr. Rana Kapoor, MD & CEO, YES BANK

Head of sustainability of the year

Winner - B&Q - Matt Sexton

Matt Sexton has done the work that everyone is encouraged to do. A very comprehensive approach to sustainability has been demonstrated.

Most effective international community investment

Highly commended - Twinings - Improving Health, Nutrition and Promoting a Protective Environment for Adolescent Girls on Assam Tea Estates

Quite original, innovative project on a very unique topic. Strong collaboration with local and regional government. Judges commended an integrated Phase I + II approach.

Winner - VimpelCom / Mobilink - Improving Literacy in Rural Pakistan

A fantastic program, very scalable with tangible results.
Most effective domestic community investment

Highly commended - TTNET - Internet4All

The project demonstrated clear benefits for local communities sustainably and in a long term.

Winner - Turkcell - “Women Empowerment in Economy” (WEE) project

A project of a significant scale with country level outcomes.


Sustainability commercialised

Highly commended - B&Q - One planet home program

Unique program offering considerable environmental and commercial benefits.

Winner - PureCircle - Empowering the food and beverage industry to drive down impacts through sustainable “better-for-you” ingredient choice

A commercially successful project, important nutrition wise with strong environmental performance.
Lifetime achievement

Mary Robinson

Throughout her lifetime, Mary Robinson has embodied the entire spectrum of sustainability, championing economic, social and environmental issues, whether during her time served as President of Ireland, as the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, or as recently nominated UN special envoy for climate change.


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The 2014 nominees were...

Best B2B Partnership

Shortlist:

  • MARS INCORPORATED
  • Glanbia Ingredients Ireland Ltd (GIIL)
  • Agility
  • Zip Xpress
Best business/NGO partnership

Shortlist:

  • Marks and Spencer and Good World Solutions
  • Shell and the Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves
  • Woolworths and WWF
  • Barclays and Care and Plan UK
  • Interface and Zoological Society of London - Net-Works
  • Central England Cooperative and Saffron Lane Neighbourhood Council
  • Starwood Hotels & Resorts and UNICEF
  • B&Q and BioRegional and The Sylva Foundation
  • Turk Telekom (TT) and Bogazici University GETEM and Assistive Technology and Education Laboratory
  • SM Prime Holdings

Best consumer engagement campaign (social media and traditional)

Shortlist:

  • CVS Caremark
  • Sky
  • B&Q
  • Santander
  • Racold Thermo
  • Fashion Revolution
Best employee engagement

Shortlist:

  • Seventh Generation
  • Procter & Gamble
  • Dell
  • Bacardi Limited
  • TD Bank
  • The Hongkong and Shanghai Hotels, Limited
  • Anheuser-Busch InBev (AB InBev)
  • Itaú Unibanco

Best private company

Shortlist:

  • Roshan
  • MARS INCORPORATED
  • Bankinter
  • Bacardi Limited
  • SC Johnson
Best small and medium size company

Shortlist:

  • The Mad Monkey Hostel
  • GXT Green
  • Intex Solutions
  • MBA Polymers
  • Elan Hair Design

Best supplier engagement

Shortlist:

  • Nestle
  • Blackmores
  • Glanbia Ingredients Ireland Ltd (GIIL)
  • Woolworths
  • Vodafone
  • Lockheed Martin
Best sustainability report

Shortlist:

  • Coca-Cola Icecek
  • H&M
  • The Maersk Group
  • GE
  • Legal & General
  • Merck
  • Nestle
  • Nike
  • Deutsche Telekom
  • The Co-operative

CEO of the year

Shortlist:

  • Seventh Generation, John Replogle
  • ITC Hotels, Nakul Anand
  • Roshan, Karim Khoja
  • YES BANK, Rana Kapoor
  • Zip Xpress, Dina McKnight
  • Southwest Airlines, Gary Kelly
Head of sustainability of the year

Shortlist:

  • Wembley Stadium, James Huartson
  • B&Q, Matt Sexton
  • YES BANK, Namita Vikas
  • Natura Ecoparque, João Mocelin
  • PureCircle, Ajay Chandran

Most effective international community investment

Shortlist:

  • Aviva
  • KPMG
  • Herbert Smith Freehills (HSF)
  • Twinings
  • HP
  • Vimpelcom
  • Monsoon
  • Tetra Pak
  • The Co-operative
Most effective domestic community investment

Shortlist:

  • Sky Academy Skills Studios
  • Mondelez International
  • Pure Leapfrog
  • TTNET
  • PT Bumi Resource
  • Turkcell
  • PT Pertamina EP
  • Tropicalia
  • Votorantim Metais

Sustainability commercialised

Shortlist:

  • B&Q
  • MBA Polymers
  • Natura
  • Wheelabrator
  • Kebony
  • Ecolab
  • Net-Works
  • GXT Green
  • PureCircle
Lifetime achievement

Mary Robinson

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Elina Yumasheva
Elina Yumasheva
Awards Director
Ethical Corporation
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E: elina.yumasheva@ethicalcorp.com
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