FAQs

Below are answers to some frequently answered questions. Please download the official Awards Guidelines for the full Awards categories and entry requirements in the entry pack here


ENTRIES ARE NOW CLOSED FOR THE RESPONSIBLE BUSINESS AWARDS 2021.

Congratulations to all of those that got their applications in – we’ve had our largest intake ever! Over 600 submissions.

Stay tuned as we will be announcing the shortlist on 18th August.

If you missed out on the deadline but would still like to align yourself with the Awards this year, you can still get involved by sponsoring a category. Get in touch with Kamile Simaite at Kamile.simaite@thomsonreuters.com for more information


WHERE ARE THE CATEGORY CRITERIA?

Each category has specific criteria.

Please refer to the entry pack that lays out the bullet points outlining what each entry will need to demonstrate.

Under each category, there is a list of bullet points which your project needs to demonstrate in the nominations form on the submission site. Please refer to the full category description as this is what the judges will be basing their final opinions on.


CAN I SEE A SAMPLE ENTRY FORM?

Yes, you can see what a sample entry form looks like here


HOW MANY WORDS ARE IN THE ENTRY FORM?

The short executive summary is 2000 characters. Please note that space counts towards your character limit.

The longer project description is 4000 characters. Please note that space counts towards your character limit.

Remember, you can use the supplementary information to include links to reports, articles etc which evidence your submission


WHEN IS THE AWARDS CEREMONY TAKING PLACE?

Whilst this year we were unable to recognise the leaders during a prestigious in person Awards gala, we will confirm soon how we will celebrate the leaders with our global community next year


WHAT DO I WIN?

We will ask all shortlisted companies to join live on the evening of the ceremony and be ready to have someone present to accept the award in the virtual ceremony on behalf their organisation company. As part of the acceptance of the award, we will be asking the accepting representative some questions to explain the work and what’s next for the project in 2022. You will also be sent a physical award in the post. The win will be announced through all Reuters Events social media channels, and the press release will be shared on the Reuters Events Sustainable Business website, and circulated by our external media partners. Also, a full article will be dedicated to the win in the Sustainable Business Review.


WHO IS ELIGIBLE TO ENTER?

All organisations are eligible to enter for an award. We accept submissions from organisations operating all over the world [whether global or local].


DO I NEED TO BE A GLOBAL ORGANISATION?

No, we accept submissions from organisations operating locally or globally. We accept submissions from companies based in any country in the world.


CAN I ENTER AND PAY AFTER THE SHORTLIST IS ANNOUNCED?

No, entries are valid only when full payment is received and your unique entry number has been issued. All payments should be received before the shortlist is announced.


CAN I SEND MY ENTRY BY POST, OR DOES IT NEED TO BE UPLOADED ONLINE?

All entries must be uploaded online- save paper after all! (You'll receive a link to the online form once you register and pay your entry fee).


HOW ARE THE AWARDS JUDGED?

All entries in each category will be judged on the basis that – in the opinion of the judging panel – the organisation has been agenda-leading in sustainability in the period January 2020 – July 2021, unless stated differently in the category description, and their application includes sufficient verifiable supporting evidence by third parties, such as quotes from partners or stakeholders, as evidence of eligibility for the shortlist, and for the winner’s awards.

The opinion of the judging panel is final.


WHAT SHOULD I INCLUDE IN THE “QUOTES/COMMENTS FROM THIRD PARTIES” SECTION?

This section is for you to provide ‘proof’ that your project/initiative/etc has been effective in the eyes of your stakeholders. We are looking for quotes/comments/press cuttings that cover your initiative positively and, most importantly, support the submission you are making. This section is not designed as an extension to "your submission", and will be judged as 'supporting evidence', not as a significant plank of your submission.