Congratulations to all our 2021 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 2021 winners of the Responsible Business Awards

2021 Awards

Responsible Business Honouree Award

WINNER:

Mindy Lubber

Mindy Lubber

Mindy Lubber is currently CEO at the nonprofit organisation Ceres. The judges were keen to give her this accolade for many reasons, but notably for her hard work around climate policy and constructive lobbying during the Trump era when it was especially hard to do so. A deep and leading thinker in the space, she articulates a compelling case for why it's simply good business to address the needs of stakeholders and create value for them. Mindy is a pioneer, working tirelessly to advocate for collective action on climate change and always reminding business of its responsibility.

WINNER:

David Grayson

David Grayson

David is Emeritus Professor of Corporate Responsibility at Cranfield University School of Management. The judges wanted to acknowledge the impressive mix of policymaking and business experience he has – positioning him to be a clear leader who has driven positive impact across his career. David has tirelessly supported the responsible business movement for more than four decades, influencing and encouraging a generation of business leaders to think. and act differently. Endlessly generous and collaborative, his career is marked by leading thinking (such as intrapreneurship) and pioneering activism (on disability rights and the rights of working carers, among many others).

2021 Awards

Future Pioneer Award

WINNER:

Too Good to Go

Lucie Basch at Too Good to Go

“The killer thing is scale - it's fascinating! It’s obvious how well Lucie has collaborated with others and been a major influencer alongside Too Good to Go’s partners, demonstrated through real data and metrics. Here, Lucie’s entrepreneurship is about driving systems change and that’s what we wanted to see.”

HIGHLY COMMENDED:

Fair Harbor

Jake and Caroline Danehy at Fair Harbor

“A very impressive submission showcasing entrepreneurship addressing waste. Judges look forward to seeing how they drive systemic change in the future, and meanwhile ensure they are addressing any possible risk of microplastics residues.”

2021 Awards

Net Zero Transition Award

WINNER:

Aviva

Aviva

“Aviva has remarkably accelerated the transition of the finance sector and contributed to creating leverage in a broader transition. Well done.”

HIGHLY COMMENDED:

Burberry

Burberry

“By tackling carbon without offsetting through a climate positive approach, this organisation is truly pulling carbon out of the system and shifting an entire sector, as well as their own company ethos. Very impressive and inspiring work!”

2021 Awards

Circular Transition Award

WINNER:

AB InBev

AB InBev

“Showcased a pathway to scale - removing the pressure off the food system and an excellent real mindset shift. But it is still early days. The judges look forward to seeing how this scales. What a great solution to use circularity for food security.”

HIGHLY COMMENDED:

Samsung

Samsung

“A simple initiative with a basic idea, which helps shift the mindset on the value of old phones. A genuine closed loop versus recycling of e-waste with an innovative twist. The judges question whether it does it have scale, but it is certainly signalling the right path for the tech industry as a whole – which has a massive problem with consumption of electronic devices.”

2021 Awards

Social Impact Award

WINNER:

AB InBev

AB InBev & BanQu

“This collaborative effort addresses financial literacy and capability of people within farming. This is very innovative for the partnership and technology deployed with its impact being demonstrated beyond the initial business case. It is still early days however on measurement and scalability in communities. The judges look forward to seeing this in the coming years”

SPECIAL MENTION:

Cargill Turkey

Cargill Turkey

“Judges would like to give a special mention to Cargill Turkey. Their clear articulation on social impact was very impressive, regarding farming with scalability, and measurement including an innovative geographical element. Some areas judges would like to see addressed with this initiative would be around how they are addressing living wage, poverty, and hunger.”

2021 Awards

SDG Pioneer Award

WINNER:

Too Good to Go

Too Good to Go

“The most innovative submission with a new business model that wholly supports solutions for SDG targets. Judges liked the specificity of the SDG and the pioneering way of looking at it.”

HIGHLY COMMENDED:

New World Development Company

New World Development Company

“New World Development Company is pioneering in SDGs within the Real Estate ecosystem: they are taking an innovative approach to embed SDGs into core strategy. Judges would like to see future impact and also how this approach is governed and incentivised. This a very exciting pathway to watch”

2021 Awards

Biodiversity Champion Award

WINNER:

Danone North America

Danone North America

“A strong message in favour of Danone’s long-term focus on sustainability, laying the groundwork for long term business opportunities and resilience. Judges hope Danone continues to be a role model in regenerative agriculture following recent leadership changes.”

HIGHLY COMMENDED:

Pernod Ricard

Pernod Ricard

“Judges loved the terroir concept from wine making and how they applied it intelligently to regenerative agriculture. Lots of data and metrics which were impressive!”

2021 Awards

Product or Service Innovation Award

WINNER:

Nexii Building Solutions

Nexii Building Solutions

“The judges were impressed to see such scalable innovation in technology by Nexii for a key sector where impact is important and there is a lot of opportunity ahead. Judges look forward to seeing the impact across the rest of the industry over time that the planet will benefit from so positively.”

HIGHLY COMMENDED:

Robert Walters Group

Robert Walters Group

“This company has a business model that allows it to advance the bias minimisation agenda and judges were glad to see that. There is great potential for impact led by Robert Walters as they are already showing some impressive innovation on inclusion and diversity.”

2021 Awards

Purpose-Driven Communications Award

WINNER:

BT

BT

“BT touches a topical issue of getting the economy back up and running. Very single minded, upbeat and accessible with impressive impact on 3.5 million people measured by a third party. Well executed, professional, holistic comms campaign.”

HIGHLY COMMENDED:

DBS Bank

DBS Bank

“A strong holistic campaign, on multiple channels with a consistent message. What an impressive way to use a financial services’ influence to change people’s behaviour”

SPECIAL MENTION:

TietoEVRY

TietoEVRY - The Polite Type

“They showed innovation and imagination on tackling school bullying in over 100 countries.”

2021 Awards

Business Transformation Award

WINNER:

Trane Technologies

Trane Technologies

“Impressed with the innovative mindset impacting the whole value chain including customers. Company that has been able to disrupt their entire business model and decision making to be a solution to today’s climate challenge at scale via the ‘The Gigaton challenge’.”

HIGHLY COMMENDED:

Natura

Natura

“Judges recognised the IP&L tool as an example of business transformation enabling regenerative business practices, circularity, and protecting the Amazon as some of the contributions among many others. Clear mindset and very good example of a transformation model that can be scaled.”

2021 Awards

Partnership of the Year

WINNER:

Barclays

Barclays

“Aligned with Barclay's sweet spot and their CSR/sustainability goals. Well measured and managed. A very innovative partnership that's leveraging the resources and expertise of two organisations to help support the future technologies and companies that'll address the social and environmental issues that we face. Great to see how both partners adapted plans and impacts in light of the Covid-19 pandemic. A refreshing and extremely innovative strategy and business model in comparison to the typical initiatives businesses partake in with humanitarian aid.”

HIGHLY COMMENDED:

Twinings & Save the Children

Twinings & Save the Children

“An excellent partnership that ensures a company is being a force for good in the communities that are vital to its supply chain. This partnership has delivered some very impressive impacts and is an excellent example of how companies could (and should) look at partnerships to deliver impacts that have a long-lasting impact on the community (and business).”

2021 Awards

Social and Human Capital Award

WINNER:

Keurig Dr Pepper

Keurig Dr Pepper

“Within the context of this category and submissions, Keurig Dr Pepper was a stand-out winner with an innovative evaluation and measurement approach that covered the most material issues for its farmer suppliers. Backed up by strong KPIs and a commitment to transparency, the approach provides a model for industry-wide interventions that meaningfully address critical social issues for agricultural suppliers.”

2021 Awards

Reporting and Transparency Award

HIGHLY COMMENDED:

Shell

Shell

“Great scale and impact potential in one of the most challenging sectors for targets and disclosure. They are honest in the current impact on the planet and set a course for correcting their conduct. Huge ambition going beyond expectations for their sector.”

2021 Awards

Sustainability Trailblazer Award

WINNER:

Morgan Stanley

Audrey Choi (Morgan Stanley)

“She is a real disruptor in her field who will catalyse change in multiple sectors. She’s swimming with sharks and succeeding!”

WINNER:

Walgreens

Richard Ellis (Walgreens)

“The judges wanted to award this for a lifetime of dedication and change with Boots and Walgreens on sustainability. There was huge admiration from the jury for his many achievements. They only hope that the next generation can be inspired by Richard and follow in his footsteps.”

2021 Awards

Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Award

WINNER:

Kenya Breweries

Kenya Breweries

“A refreshing, innovative pilot program addressing persons with disabilities on farms in Kenya in partnership with Sightsavers. Judges applaud the bold idea, the impact for scale and a model that can be replicated in other regions around the world. Well done!”

HIGHLY COMMENDED:

PepsiCo

PepsiCo

“PepsiCo rose to the occasion. A powerful business with deep investment and achievement across communities with huge potential for scale. Judges recognised their strategy for recruitment in communities. Good metrics, transparency and impact.”