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The 5th Annual Responsible Business Awards September 29th 2014, London

Responsible Business Award Categories for the 2014

Below is a list of the different award categories from the 2014 awards. Do you have what it takes?

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Best Employee Engagement Award Details
Employee engagement is vitally important in embedding sustainability/CSR into a business. This award will go the company that has shown how they successfully communicate their policies on sustainability with colleagues. More importantly, the winning company will demonstrate how they engage with and listen to employees, and take those ideas on board to refine their sustainability plans, business opportunities and targets.

2013 Winner: Western Union
2013 Highly commended: Coloplast


2012 winner: Compartamos Banco
2012 highly commended: UniCredit

Sustainability Commercialised   Award Details
This award goes to the company that most clearly demonstrates how they have incorporated responsible business and sustainability thinking into commercial objectives. The winner will show how they have created a definitive new product or service from sustainability/CR thinking and will be able to show how it has been incorporated into mainstream business thinking across the company.

2013 Winner: Roshan
2013 Highly commended: UPM


2012 Winner: Itaú Unibanco
2012 highly commended: Vodafone’s Turkey Farmers Club
Head of Sustainability of the Year   Award Details
This award will go to the head of sustainability or corporate responsibility that Ethical Corporation’s global editorial advisory board feels has done the most to drive systemic change in their company on sustainability and CSR. Not only will the winner have effectively managed risk, but will have also shown how sustainability/CSR related opportunities can be seized by companies and integrated into their business offerings and operations. Entries are encouraged in this category. Our editorial advisory board will also make suggestions to broaden the pool. Our editorial team and advisory board will pick the winner.
Best Private Company   Award Details
This award will go the privately-held unlisted company which has best demonstrated their commitment to embedding sustainable business across their operations. Judges will be looking for a comprehensive approach, targets across the board and a clear demonstration of top level leadership from the board and owners of the business.

2013 Winner: Mars
2013 Highly commended: Tetra Pak


2012 winner: Telecom Development Company Afghanistan (Roshan)
2012 highly commended: SC Johnson
Keep up to date RBA4 is over, keep updated with the 2015 Awards here
Best Small to Medium Enterprise   Award Details

This award goes to the company with under 250 employees that has clearly innovated on sustainability in 2013. The category is a broad one: Entries will be accepted from companies who have, for example, created products or services with a clear social/environmental gain alongside a business case. Other companies who may wish to enter are SMEs who have improved on the social and environmental impact of their existing business operations. The judges will be looking for clear measurable gains rather than pledges to improve.

Best Supplier Engagement Award Details
The company who wins this award will have demonstrated how they are clearly managing a more socially and environmentally responsible supply chain than in the recent past. The award will go to the company that shows clear engagement, both bottom up and top down, with suppliers, and is helping suppliers deliver on sustainability goals proactively, and against firm and clear targets.

2013 Winner: Natura
2013 Highly commended: Nestlé


2012 winner: Marks and Spencer
2012 highly commended: Bama
2012 highly commended: BT
Best Sustainability Report   Award Details
Our best sustainability award will go the company that shows how they have delivered corporate responsibility/sustainability transparency to stakeholders in an honest, humble and clearly consistent way. The winner will have shown judges how they are communicating progress whilst being honest about the challenges they face and clear about the business wins their report has achieved for the company. Demonstrating critical stakeholder engagement is a must.

2013 Winner: The Co-Operative
2013 Highly commended: GE


2012 winner: Timberland
2012 highly commended: The Co-operative Group
Best B2B Partnership   Award Details
This award goes to the best sustainability/corporate responsibility partnership between two companies. The companies could be competitors, business partners or in different industries/sectors. The winner will have shown clear commitment to a long-term, mutually beneficial collaboration that can demonstrate real commercial benefits and social/environmental/governance gains for society.

2013 Winner: Unilever & Vodafone
2013 Highly commended: The Co-Operative


2012 winner: Heathrow
2012 highly commended: McDonald’s and Arla Foods
Keep up to date RBA4 is over, keep updated with the 2015 Awards here
Best NGO Campaign   Award Details
The Campaigner of the Year award will go to the NGO who our judges feel have made the biggest difference in the past year. The winner will have demonstrated, by a campaign or series of campaigns, that their actions have had a major positive impact on business and environmental/social gains. Innovation, good communications and clarity of goals will all be considered.

2013 Winner: Stop the Keystone XL Pipeline Campaign led by 350.orgĀ 
Best Business/NGO Partnership   Award Details

This award goes to the best sustainability/corporate responsibility partnership between a company and other entities (i.e. NGOs, governmental body, charity or other non-profit organizations). The winner will have shown clear commitment to a long-term, mutually beneficial partnership that can demonstrate real social/environmental/governance gains for society.

2013 Winner: HP and Clinton Health Initiative
2013 Highly commended: B&Q and Bio Regional


2012 winner: Novartis and Roll Back Malaria
2012 highly commended: Telenor and Uninor Hand in Hand Citizen Centres

Most Effective Domestic Community Investment   Award Details

This award goes to the company clearly demonstrating how investment has benefitted local communities in a long-term and sustainable way.

The judges will be looking to reward the company showing how community investment strategy has resulted in ‘win-win’ outcomes for both parties in the last two-five years. Activity during 2013-14 must also be demonstrated. Entries will be considered from investments in “home” markets, i.e. from the country where the entering company’s head office is located.

The winning entry, for example, might be a site-specific or community-specific example, or a general multi-site or issue-based strategy which the company has put in place across its home market.

Most Effective International Community Investment   Award Details

The winner of this award will have demonstrated in their entry how community investment work outside their home market (where head office is located) has benefitted a community or communities in a meaningful, measureable way. Entries will be considered over a two-five year timescale, given the complexities of effective community engagement, but activity during 2013-14 must also be demonstrated. Our judges will be seeking a winner that demonstrates genuine commitment to vulnerable communities and who has responded to them meaningfully. The challenges of measurement will be taken into consideration but the winning entry will demonstrate measurements of effectiveness and the positive results of their community investment work.

Keep up to date RBA4 is over, keep updated with the 2015 Awards here
Best Consumer Engagement Campaign (Social Media & Traditional)   Award Details
This award will go to the company showing how it has engaged consumers in one or more markets with a positive social/environmental message or campaign. The judges will be looking to reward the company that demonstrates how it has chosen a particular issue and campaigned to promote pro-social/greener behaviour via traditional/new media channels. Judges will be looking to reward the winning company both for creativity, the importance of the issue(s) chosen and the effectiveness of the campaign through the measurements available.

2013 Winner: Neal's Yard Remedies
CEO of the Year Award Details

This award is for the CEO of the year. Our judges will be looking for the business leader who has clearly shown they have led their company effectively in the last 12-18 months on sustainability/CSR issues. Our winner will have demonstrated a clear grasp of both the issues and the need to commit to managing the unknown towards real targets, which demonstrates both sector and individual leadership. Entries are encouraged in this category. Our editorial advisory board will also make suggestions to broaden the pool. The judges will pick the winner.

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For more information, get in touch using the contact details below.

Elina Yumasheva
Elina Yumasheva
Awards Director
Ethical Corporation
T: +44 (0)207 375 7573
E: elina.yumasheva@ethicalcorp.com
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