Congratulations to all our winners!

The Reuters Events Responsible Business Awards are the only recognised global awards celebrating the leading strategies shaping the future of sustainable business. Seeing their ambition and impact gives hope that we can meet the challenges and goals that lie ahead. See below for the 2020 winners of the Responsible Business Awards

2020 Awards

Business Transformation Award

Business must change... Our planet is on the brink of irreversible collapse and increasingly society expect companies to lead and address these social and environmental challenges. This award will reward companies that have embraced innovative opportunities to develop a sustainable business model for the future.

Winner:

Stanley Black & Decker

Stanley Black & Decker A Force for Good: Inspiring makers and innovators to create a more sustainable world

“Black & Decker has demonstrated a clear vision of change and how it will achieve it. A very positive all-round approach towards sustainability, that will hopefully unleash further innovation and impact on the group's full portfolio, fuelling further change. Nice alignment of purpose and product.”

Winner:

Guardian News & Media

Guardian News & Media The Guardian's climate pledge 2019

“The Guardian is a transformation story, leveraging brand and voice to drive change on a large scale. A great example for other publishers to follow, applying commitments into hardnosed, difficult business decisions, building on the group's ethical and environmental values and track record.”

Special Mention:

Healthcare of Ontario Pension Plan

Healthcare of Ontario Pension Plan Identifying and addressing climate-related risks and opportunities

“A transformative approach by the Healthcare of Ontario Pension Plan to adopt recommendations to the TCFD and embed assessment of climate change risk exposure into the management of its $15 billion property portfolio.”


Finalists:

DOW
Hoopp
Intel
NatWest Group
Snam
Stanley Black & Decker
The Guardian

2020 Awards

Sustainability Innovation Award

The award will go out to companies that have developed innovation in a sustainability initiative or project that has been enabled by technology. This award will celebrate innovation which puts sustainability at the heart of a project. Innovation means any environmental, social or financial consideration has been generated from research into commercialisation.

Winner:

XAG

XAG AgTech Power: Shaping the Future of Smart Farms amidst Aging Population

“A clear winner, the Judges were impressed by this innovative and scalable project. An excellent example of how to use technology to ensure social and environmental impact. Really innovative and delivering impact immediately. Judges invite AgTech to consider future risks on labour when it is scaled to millions of farmers.”

Highly Commended:

TES

TES Sustainable end of life batteries management

“The Judges recognised TES with great potential to deliver clear and measurable benefits which will grow with the network and the infrastructure to increase scale. It is too early to see the impact in the next couple of year.”

Special Mention:

Formula 1

Formula 1 F1 Project Pitlane

“Judges want to give a special mention to Formula E Racing; a great example of utilising core assets and strengths during the pandemic. Collaborative action to deliver practical outcomes, hopefully setting an example and expectation to continue putting unique skills to use for positive impact – would be great to see them continue to deploy resources on other key societal and environmental issues.”


Finalists:

BSI
Formula 1
Kraft
Maersk
TES
TREEDOM
UPS
XAG

2020 Awards

Business Leader Award

This award celebrates an outstanding business leader that has demonstrated pioneering, inspiring, motivational and passionate leadership, clear commitment to long-term impacts and/or a commitment to a sustainable future. Entries will be considered over a 2 to 5 year timescale, but activity during 2018-19 must be demonstrated.

Winner:

Chipotle Mexican Grill

Chipotle Mexican Grill Brian Niccol, Chairman & CEO

“Judges were impressed by Brian’s leadership. Setting out ambitions and benchmarks which others in the industry would do well to follow. Good to see a CEO leading from the front and taking such an active interest. A great example of someone that understands the importance of sustainable business both to the business and key stakeholder groups. Despite the pandemic, and impact it is having on the sector, it’s great to see they’re still delivering sustainability directly through the core business. Well done!”

Highly Commended:

Walgreens Boots Alliance

Walgreens Boots Alliance Ornella Barra, Global Business Leader – A Force for Good, Co-Chief Operating Officer and Chair of the Company's Corporate Social Responsibility Committee

“Ornella is clearly someone that understands the importance of putting sustainability at the heart of the business. It’s clear where her passion lies and where she's been most influential. Very encouraging to see how the business led on integrating the SDGs into its core business strategy. There’s definitely indications that Ornella's work will place Walgreens Boots Alliance as a business that's leading the way. The judges look forward to seeing how the business evolves over the coming years.”


Finalists:

City Developments Limited (CDL)
Chipotle
Digicel
FPH a Lopex Group
Goldman Sachs
Nutreco
PAX World Funds
Walgreens Boots Alliance

2020 Awards

Partnership Of The Year

This award will recognise innovative partnerships that are transforming the operations and outputs of either a business and/or industry towards higher levels of environmental or social responsibility.

Winner:

Goldman Sachs

Goldman Sachs Goldman Sachs and The Conservation Fund

“Goldman Sachs is a strong example of a promising partnership that, given the need to divert capital markets to nature-based solutions. It’s offering a way forward to leverage capital markets to drive change. This is the innovation we need to see when it comes to reframing the goals of the economic system and innovative financial mechanisms. If every bank did this, you will have a major recalibration of finance in an extraordinarily way.“

Winner:

The Coca-Cola Company Europe

The Coca-Cola Company Europe The Living Danube Partnership — a Public-Private-Civil Society Partnership for Danube wetlands

“The Coca-Cola Company Europe partnership demonstrates a worthwhile and serious initiative which is clearly achieving real progress in the face of quite considerable challenges. It would have been interesting to have learned more of how it is integrated with Coca-Cola's core business. But it’s clear to see there’s been strong outcomes over the first six years of the 7-year programme. $20m raised. Congratulations!”

Highly Commended:

Aberdeen Standard Investments

Aberdeen Standard Investments Big Issue Invest partnership

“A well-thought out and broad-based partnership with some strong specific examples of success. We liked the passion of the initiative, really making an impact on the ground, innovative & responding to clear needs and advance the overall objective of the partnership. Strong evidence of mutual benefit and clear impacts for each project, Good on challenges presented by Covid-19 and responses to these.”


Finalists:

Aberdeen Standard Investments
Business for Nature
Coca-Cola
Goldman Sachs
NatWest Group
Severntrent

2020 Awards

Clean Energy Transition Award

To meet the 1.5-Degree target requires ambitious investments and innovations in new clean technologies. The award will go out to companies that have developed innovation in a clean energy initiative or project that has been enabled by technology. This award will celebrate an ambitious strategy which embraces the net-zero mindset and is taking a lead in addressing carbon-impacts across its value chain. Entries will be considered over a 2 to 5 year timescale, but activity during 2018-19 must be demonstrated

Winner:

Octopus Energy

Octopus Energy Octopus Energy. Powering a clean energy revolution across the globe

“A game-changer. Octopus has shown an interesting way of innovating and using of technology with a strong comprehensive approach. Innovation that truly can accelerate the transition and involve the end customer. This can be deployed at scale and can revolutionarily change the electricity sector which is needed to meet the climate goals ahead of us.”

Winner:

ReNew Power

ReNew Power Spearheading Technology Innovation for Clean Energy Transition

“ReNew Power has innovation at its heart and shows true dedication and belief in the renewable business model. Encouraging to see the submission from a region that could really accelerate the transition on a global level. Judges are looking forward to seeing them take the next step as they identify potential partners to scale their work.”


Finalists:

Energy Vault
Interenergy
Kimberley-Clark
Octopus Energy
Renew Power
T-Mobile

2020 Awards

Circular Innovation Award

The award will go out to companies that have developed innovation in a circular initiative or project that has been enabled by technology. This award will celebrate innovation which moves the company from a linear to a circular model. Innovation means any environmental, social or financial consideration has been generated from research into commercialisation.

Winner:

The Ellen MacArthur Foundation

The Ellen MacArthur Foundation Circulytics

“Judges were extremely impressed with this project. Fantastic innovation giving companies the hard data they need to adopt more circular business models by scoring their progress across a fleet of metrics. From systems and production processes to C-suite strategies, this is something that has been missing until now. Looking forward to its 2nd version with a wider set of topics included. Bravo!”

Highly Commended:

Dow Inc.

DOW How Dow Is Forming Unique Global Partnerships to Drive Innovation in Circularity

“Dow's submission shows circular economy innovation and a high potential for scalability. Dow is driving a partnership model reaching to other companies & making the link to consumer behaviour through the Store Drop-off program in the U.S. Great work!”


Finalists:

DOW
Ellen Macarthur Foundation
Kimberly Clark
NatWest Group
Terracycle
TES

2020 Awards

Responsible Supply Chain Award

This category will reward any initiative or project showcasing how social and environmental risks are being managed and monitored in the supply chain through technology. It will highlight how this is both benefitting the company and its suppliers by improving transparency. Entries will be considered over a 2 to 5 year timescale, but activity during 2018-19 must be demonstrated

Winner:

Olam International

Olam International AtSource - The Source of Good Food

“AtSource is a highly innovative and scalable plus well-established model that allows Olam's customers - for the first time - track the social and environmental footprint of a product from the farmer group, to their factory gate. It uses 150 economic, social and environmental metrics. Bringing transparency to what has been a rather opaque part of the commodity industry. Very much leading a new, sustainable path for their industry.”

Highly Commended:

Austral Fisheries

Austral Fisheries Austral's Toothfish Turns Traceable Thanks To OpenSC

“Fantastic and important innovation to bring transparency to notoriously murky seafood supply chains. Promising scalability. OpenSC combines human-centred design, emerging technology, and the power of multidisciplinary teams”


Finalists:

Austral Fisheries
Gar
Olam
Outland Denim
VF Corporation

2020 Awards

Reporting and Transparency Award

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

Winner:

Grove Collaborative

Grove Collaborative Grove Collaborative Releases Plastic Scorecard, Creating First-Of-Its-Kind Transparency in CPG Industry as a Call-To-Action

“A dynamic and fresh, concise, simple, and clear report that shows a strong advocacy voice. Judges were impressed by the plastic scorecard, which is innovative, concrete and scalable to all competitors and across industries. This approach has possibilities to have a huge impact on tracing plastic-free work and all other items linked to plastic pollution.”

Highly Commended:

Evonik Industries AG

Evonik Industries AG SUSTAINABILITY REPORT 2019 - Leading Beyond Chemistry

“The judges recognised the transparency in this report and applauded a new way of thinking of how to evaluate impact. Very detailed and transparent report. Clear targets and progress in each section. Well done!”

Special Mention:

Nutreco

Nutreco 2019 Nutreco Sustainability Report

“The Judges would like to give a special mention to Nutreco. Their report demonstrated how to be open and frank about challenges, in an innovative approach. Judges encourage the team to continue this over the full report next year.”


Finalists:

Evonik
Grove Collaborative
Nutreco
Teck
Telus
Vancity
Verizon

2020 Awards

SDG Impact Award

This award will recognise a company initiative or campaign which is best aligning impact to the SDGs and sets industry-leading standards as a company. Entries must demonstrate measurable impact on the Global Goals.

Winner:

Thai Union

Thai Union Thai Union - Changing Seafood For Good

“Thai Union has demonstrated how to integrate SDGs into the core of the business. They have shown a thoughtful program that demonstrates action, recognising their potential negative impacts and finding ways to address them. The company has also embarked on an impressive series of partnerships with expert NGOs to advance its understanding of issues and the impact of its responses. Bravo!”

Highly Commended:

Samsung Electronics

Samsung Electronics Samsung Global Goals App

“The Judges would like to recognise Samsung for their great initiative to help raise awareness of the SDGs and engage a global audience through a dedicated SDG app, installed on their phones. Potential to scale up hugely with third parties & moving forward potential to mobilize this audience into taking action - providing different stakeholders with examples of the actions they can take in support of the goals. We need to see more of this innovative approach, to engage the general public on the SDGs, if we’re to have a chance of meeting all 17 Goals.”


Finalists:

Al-Dabbagh
ADM
Goldman Sachs
Mary Kay
McKinsey & Company
Samsung
SINGAPORE SUSTAINABILITY ACADEMY (SSA)
Thai Union

2020 Awards

Social Impact Award

This award rewards how companies can be a force for good on social impact. This award will go to a project or initiative that has best demonstrated measurable impact positive change through deploying technology or innovation. Entries will be considered over a 2 to 5 year timescale, but activity during 2018-19 must be demonstrated

Winner:

Verizon Communications Inc.

Verizon Communications Inc. Verizon Innovative Learning: Preparing the Next Generation for the Digital Economy and Closing the Digital Divide

“Bridging the digital divide has never been more vital than during the Covid-induced lockdown, which exacerbated existing inequalities in education. It’s pleasing to see Verizon's commitment to make digital inclusion a core part of its business. Verizon Innovative Learning is an innovative and impactful program to heal the "homework divide" and has demonstrated impact and scalability.”

Highly Commended:

Aviva

Aviva The Aviva Community Fund

“Very innovative way to engage employees to get a sense of ownership of CSR work – that others could learn from. They clearly highlight where their capabilities lie and point to how they are trying to address key societal issues.“


Finalists:

Aerofarms
AVIVA
Closing the Loop
CloudFlare
LAFARGE
McKinsey & Company
Verizon
Qualcomm
XAG

2020 Awards

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 change among a key stakeholder group which has delivered positive and impactful change.

Winner:

DBS

DBS DBS Sparks Season 2: Everyday Heroes for a Better World

“DBS has transformed the notion of "heroes" through a TV series approach to capture the attention of its audience on the importance of sustainability while providing tangible solutions. Original, humorous, on the edge at times, but definitely full of real messages and solutions to captivate viewers benefiting both business and communities. To have even greater impact, Judges would like to see this grow as an example of mainstream business, but overall current impact is outstanding. A clear winner.”

Highly Commended:

British Telecom (BT)

British Telecom Top Tips on Tech

“BT has shown real focus and intent in the way it partnered with ITV and others to tackle digital skills and tech tips for the greater population, particularly during the Covid-19 period. The campaign captured the attention of the UK for a greater good using a variety of brand ambassadors and TV personalities to deliver the message. A very clear strategy, with purposeful communications and excellent impact. Judges noted that this is an excellent model for other countries around the world where digital divide has been a massive issue during the pandemic, particularly for the elderly. Easily scalable locally, regionally and nationally. Well done!”

Special Mention:

Goldman Sachs

Goldman Sachs Launch With GS

“The judges would like to give a special mention to Goldman Sachs for their campaign. They understood a major social issue today — well in advance of many— and the importance of investing and making an impactful contribution to successfully diverse businesses. The judges encourage Goldman Sachs to scale their impact further. Reuters Events wanted to bring visibility to this campaign as an important case study for today and the future. “


Finalists:

Aflac
AVIVA
BT
Chipotle
DBS
Goldman Sachs
Octopus Energy
Walgreens Boots Alliance

2020 Awards

D&I Leader

This award rewards how companies can be a force for good with employees. This award will go to a project or initiative that has best demonstrated measurable impact and investment in diversity strategy from the boardroom to middle management to new recruits.

Winner:

Saitex International

Saitex International REKUT

“In general, the Judges found that all of the entries were very impressive with a strong set across the board this year. Rekut/Saitex however distinguished itself by addressing social and business value through a circular economy approach. It demonstrates a self-sustaining business model that has positive impact inside of the business as well as across the community as contributors to income. Original, truly local in approach and very scalable in terms of tackling diversity, inclusion and greater business good. This is a young initiative and very much looking forward to seeing the growth trajectory in the coming years.”

Highly Commended:

ABN AMRO

ABN AMRO Inclusive innovation at ABN AMRO

“ABN AMRO has tackled two major inclusion groups: people with disabilities and refugees. There are clearly marked programs, targets, mechanisms to achieve success for the individuals and for the business, as well as a greater partnership for the community. They’ve shown clear innovation in terms of the topic approach, the targeted groups, the setting up of programs and the larger ambition. Very scalable and outstanding impact. A worthy runner up, bravo


Finalists:

ABN Amro
ADM
Cadence
Saitex
Standard Life Aberdeen