2021 Categories

The Responsible Business Awards offer the prestige of being recognised by the global sustainability community, as well as a platform to network and find out about the very latest innovations, technologies and strategic and operational moves adopted by likeminded companies. The Awards recognise genuine, truly innovative and meaningful approaches to excellence in the Responsible Business arena. We look forward to hearing about your projects!

See here for 2021 Responsible Business Award Categories:

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Business Transformation Award

Business must change. Our planet is on the brink of irreversible collapse and increasingly society expects companies to take the lead and address these social and environmental challenges. The Business Transformation Award will reward the company that is taking critical steps to transform its business model in line with a clean, resilient and just future. It’s important that the entry includes data, disclosures and investments that support this systemic transformation, plus evidence of a supporting governance that aligns these changes with the Paris Agreement and the SDGs. Entries will be considered over a 2-to-5- year timescale, but activity during 2020-2021 must be demonstrated.


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NEW: Product or Service Innovation Award

The award will go to a company that has developed an innovative product offering that is helping address a critical social or environmental challenge. This product or service, now part of the core business model or strategy, must challenge the status quo. The winning entry will provide data, disclosures and investments that demonstrates real positive impact from this new product offering. Entries should highlight how the product or service is both designed and delivered. Entries will be considered over a 2-to-5-year timescale, but activity during 2020-2021 must be demonstrated.


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NEW: Sustainability Trailblazer Award

This award celebrates a global leader who is pioneering new ideas and actions which challenge the status quo within their business and industry. This accolade will go to an outstanding business leader that has demonstrated, inspiring, motivational, and passionate leadership, plus a clear commitment to long-term impacts. Entries will be considered over a 2-to-5-year timescale, but activity during 2020-2021 must be demonstrated.


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Partnership of the Year

This award will recognise innovative public-private partnerships that are addressing a key environmental or social issue. Submissions must demonstrate the impact and results of this cross-sector collaboration and how it is delivering significant impact. A clear material link to business strategy, and potential long-term benefits of the partnership are desirable. It’s important that there’s data, disclosures and investments that support real impact. Entries will be considered over a 2-to-5-year timescale, but activity during 2020-2021 must be demonstrated.


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NEW: Net Zero Transition Award

Limiting the global temperature rise to 1.5 Degrees requires ambitious investments and innovations across all areas of business and finance. This award will reward a company that can demonstrate a tangible transition toward a 1.5-Degree goal, through a publicly communicated net zero commitment, plus data, disclosures and investments to support it. It is imperative they describe their offset strategy. It’s also important that there’s evidence of a supporting governance structure such as incentives and interim objectives. Entries will be considered over a 2-to-5-year timescale, but activity during 2020-2021 must be demonstrated.


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Circular Transition Award

The award will go to a company that has adopted a technology, initiative or project that is helping the business move from a linear to a circular model. It’s important that there’s data, disclosures and investments that showcase this new circular ambition for the business. A clear pathway indicating how this new approach can be scaled across the business, and potentially the sector as a whole, is desirable. Entries will be considered over a 2-to5-year timescale, but activity during 2020-2021 must be demonstrated.


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Reporting and Transparency Award

This award will go out to a company that has demonstrated honest, transparent disclosure on both negative and positive impacts through their sustainability reporting process. It will showcase leading strategies highlighting transparency in core business operations and across the value chain. Companies should verify which reporting standard, verification and/or framework is used.


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SDG Pioneer Award

We are all currently on the 10-year sprint towards the Sustainable Development Goals. Every year counts and every decision matters. This award highlights and rewards a company that is truly pioneering new ways to help meet the Global Goals at a scale to drive measurable and positive global progress. It’s important that there’s data, disclosures and investments that support the SDG ambitions, plus evidence of a supporting governance structure through incentives and business objectives. Entries will be considered over a 2-to-5-year timescale, but activity during 2020-2021 must be demonstrated.


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Social Impact Award

This award will go to a company that can demonstrate measurable social impact and positive change brought about by its ongoing corporate practice within its value chain. It’s critical that there’s data and disclosures that showcases tangible impacts. Clear evidence showing how the business leads on supportive efforts, to both employees and the wider community. Entries will be considered over a 2-to-5 year timescale, but activity during 2020-2021 must be demonstrated.


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Purpose-Driven Communications Award

This category recognises any communications initiative – whether an internal engagement initiative, online marketing or social media campaign – which has delivered measurable, positive and impactful social and environmental change among a key stakeholder group beyond the confines of the company’s operations. Entries will be considered over a 2-to-5-year timescale, but activity during 2020-2021 must be demonstrated.


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Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Award

This award recognises the hard work being undertaken to recruit and foster a diverse workforce. This award will go to a project or initiative that best demonstrates measurable impact in promoting progressive diversity values around investment, strategy, education or recruitment – with the goal in mind to ensure a more just and equal society. It’s important that there’s data, disclosures and investments that support this DE&I ambition, plus evidence of a supporting governance structure featuring incentives and business objectives. Entries will be considered over a 2-to-5-year timescale, but activity during 2020-2021 must be demonstrated.


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NEW: The Future Pioneer Award

This award hails a pioneering individual, driving change and ambition and is under 30. This accolade will go to an outstanding individual that has demonstrated, inspiring, motivational, and passionate action, plus a clear commitment to long-term impacts. Entries will be considered over a 2-to-5-year timescale, but activity during 2020-2021 must be demonstrated.


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NEW: Biodiversity Champion Award

This award recognises a company that is putting the planet and nature at the heart of their business strategy. There needs to be clear evidence as to how a regenerative approach to nature runs throughout the business, and identifiable metrics as to how this approach will benefit the business. Data, investments and alignment at boardlevel are critical. Entries will be considered over a 2-to5-year timescale, but activity during 2020-2021 must be demonstrated.


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NEW: Social and Human Capital Award

The award will go to a company that has adopted a strategic approach to Social and/or Human Capital Management, initiative or project that is helping the business put people at the centre of its business model. The practice of measuring social impacts and dependencies is evolving and gaining momentum. Companies are increasingly calling for a harmonised approach to measure and value their relationships with people and society. It’s important that there is data, disclosures and investments that showcase this new Human Capital ambition for the business. A clear pathway indicating how this approach can be scaled across the business, and potentially society, is desirable. Activity during 2020-2021 must be demonstrated.


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Responsible Business Honouree Award – Closed to Entries

The Award goes to an individual, or individuals, that has dedicated their career to delivering change and has a track record of success. The Responsible Business Honouree has been and continues to be catalyst for change within the industry. The winner will have been a catalyst for real, proven change and a widely recognised positive social or environmental impact, preferably beyond the boundaries of one particular industry