A completed entry will include:
1. Entry Form
2. Entry Payment
3. 1000 Word Submission
4. Company Logo
5. UK contact details
1. Pro Bono Company of the Year
If your organisation has given its time and expertise freely to a defined cause or activity then you should consider entering this category. Whether your services were given directly or through a charity organisation, this award recognises the dedication of you and your staff in helping others. The judges will be seeking evidence of successful outcomes and at least a nominal value of the work pledged. Please note, this is for pro bono work only and is not for fundraising or similar activities. Examples could be in law, media or consultancy.
2019 WINNER: Ricoh Europe
2. Best Scheme to Encourage Staff Fundraising - long term partners
This award will go to the organisation that has done the most to help raise funds for a cause by encouraging participation from its staff. This could be an ongoing association with a charity and is more about the scheme than the monies raised (although the submission should also detail this of course).
2019 WINNER: Center Parcs
3. Best Scheme to Encourage Staff Fundraising
This award will go to the organisation that has done the most to help raise funds for a cause by encouraging participation from its staff. This could be a single campaign for a charity and is more about the scheme than the monies raised (although the submission should also detail this of course).
2019 WINNER: Deutsche Bank
4. Consultancy of the Year
This category is open to specialised consulting companies and fundraising consultants that have a track record of advising charity and not-for-profit organisations or working in sustainability or diversity. Without breaching confidential agreements we would like to see evidence of how an organisation has changed or restructured due to the advice given or create effective campaigns with results, and the positive impact of this. The judges will expect to see figures as well as strategic information.
2019 WINNER: Principle Consulting
5. Philanthropy Award
An award designed to recognise organisations and individuals that have made significant commitments to a project, charity or enterprise – usually in the form of a grant to, or formation of, a foundation.
2019 WINNER: The St. James's Place Charitable Foundation
6. Impact Company of the Year
This award is for demonstrable impact as a part of normal business. For example, creating sustainable supply chain or ensuring ethical practices throughout the operations. Entries can be of direct impact or via investment practices. The judges will seek evidence of the scale of impact relative to the size of organisation and of ongoing commitment rather than a single event, creating a lasting and change.
2019 WINNER: Refinitiv (formerly the Financial and Risk business of Thomson Reuters)
7. Transformation Award – NEW FOR 2020
Not all companies start from a good place and get better, for some it is a conscious decision to change and make a difference. This award goes to an organisation that can demonstrate that it has made significant and sustainable changes to its operations in order to address ESG issues.
8. Sustainable Reporting Award – NEW FOR 2020
Accurate reporting and measurement are vital components for creating a better society, and this informant must not only be gained, it must be communicated so that progress can be charted. This award is for the depth and presentation of corporate information within a report that can make readers understand its impact and contribution to SDGs.
9. Green Finance Award (formerly Asset Manager of the Year)
This award is for financial organisations that are helping open up responsible finance either by providing finance for ESG projects or changing their investment strategies to reduce damaging impact. This category is open to finance providers, brokers and in-house teams.
2019 WINNER: Aberdeen Standard Investments
10. Good Money Award (formerly Financial Services Company of the Year) – in partnership with UKSIF
Open to banks, building societies, insurers, providers of financial services to consumers. The judges will want to consider the ethical way in which the organisation conducts its business in all areas, but will especially want to be appraised of the way in which it is providing ethical finance. Judges will seek evidence of a real appreciation of the issues, as well as an overall ethical approach.
2019 WINNER: Capital One
11. Commitment to the Local Community Award
This award is for companies that have actively aided and engaged with their local communities in a specific geographical area. The judges will look beyond financial support to consider how an organisation’s resources have been deployed to create long-lasting impact.
2019 WINNER: Tideway
12. National Commitment to the Community Award - sponsored by Ansvar
This award is for companies that have helped communities across the country, actively aiding and communities in national programmes. The judges will look beyond financial support to consider how an organisation’s resources have been deployed to create long-lasting impact.
2019 WINNER: Hubbub
13. National Commitment to Skills & Training
Skills and training are vital to help both business and individuals progress and develop. This category has emerged from the good work done by all types of commercial organisations to help provide secure futures for people, whether it be in the form of apprenticeships, grants, training in-house of wider community projects. This is a broad category to recognise the importance of development in creating a fair and productive society.
2019 WINNER: Manchester Airports Group
14. Local Authority and Social Enterprise Award
This award is to recognise the work done by organisations that are neither charities nor corporates for the community, although partnerships with corporates or charities are welcome. As previously we have had to decline entries for these endeavours we are now recognising the active role that LAs and SEs can have to helping create a better society. Judges will want to see the identified need and how a solution was effected, and the outcomes the resulted. Quantitate and qualitative evidence can be used to show benefits created, and examples could be of civil regeneration or public services.
2019 WINNER: Hubbub Enterprise
15. Partnership with a National Charity - Children
For corporate partnerships with national children’s charities, the entry should detail how the company has helped the charity achieve its aims. The onus in on the corporate support that has been given, and judges wish to see evidence of real long-term commitment to a project.
2019 WINNER: O2 & NSPCC
16. Partnership with a Health Charity - Children
For corporate partnerships with children’s health charities, the entry should detail how the company has helped the charity achieve its aims. The onus in on the corporate support that has been given, and judges wish to see evidence of real long-term commitment to a project.
2019 WINNER: Morrisons & CLIC Sargent
17. Partnership with a National Charity
This is where a corporate partner has taken a lead in helping a national charity achieve its aims. Judges will look for alignment of targets, commitment and contributions that go beyond the purely financial to result in mutually outstanding results.
2019 WINNER: KPMG & National Numeracy
18. Partnership with a Health Charity
Health includes research or care, physical or wellbeing – but as one of the most important issues facing the nation, the judges will be trying to find examples of a corporate partnership that demonstrates commitment above just financial, with results that can be measured.
2019 WINNER: Hogan Lovells & Barefoot College
19. Partnership with an International Charity
Whether the corporate partner is national or international, the partnership must have international effect, with the results helping people or causes across borders. As with all the partnership categories, the judges want to see support that is comprehensive and at a deep level.
2019 WINNER: Hogan Lovells & Barefoot College
20. Carbon Reduction or Offset Programme of the Year
This award is for organisations that have made significant voluntary progress in reducing carbon emission and/or create effective programmes for off-setting their carbon footprint. Entries can be from businesses that are helping to tackle the issues of emissions of carbon dioxide through actual reduction of emissions, through providing finance to off-setting or by using in-house schemes to compensate (such as renewable energy and forestry projects). The category is also open to organisations that provide off-setting services. Evidence (preferably audited independently) of scale, the resources available to the organisation, benchmarks to the standard for the sector and all relevant programmes of reduction should be included.
2019 WINNER: The Berkeley Group
21. Built Environment Award
This category is for those schemes or organisations that have made the built environment a better place, in terms of accessibility, use of sustainable materials or energy efficiency. It is intentionally a wide-ranging category so that a variety of approaches to creating a buildings, urban environments or conservation can be showcased. Entrants can be new buildings or remodelled projects.
2019 WINNER: Deloitte
22. Circular Economy Award (formerly Waste Management and Recycling Programme of the Year)
This category is both for waste reduction programmes and recycling projects that can dramatically cut the waste in an organisation and help reduce need of replacement through re-use, and for organisations that are creating products that can be recycled and reused to reduce overall waste.
2019 WINNER: F M Conway
23. Environment Award
This award is for organisations that have made significant voluntary progress in helping protect the environment, through carbon reduction, offset, energy efficiency, waste recycling and reduction and recycling. Both specialised companies and internal programmes are free to enter, as are companies providing finance to off-setting or by using in-house schemes to compensate (such as renewable energy and forestry projects) The judges will want to see strategy, long-term vision and evidence of success.
2019 WINNER: The Harrogate Bus Company
24. Green Energy Award – NEW FOR 2020
Energy production and supply have been major contributors to global warming, but green alternatives in generation, distribution and use are changing the world. Open across the board from generators to charging points or EV makers, this award recognises those organisations helping to reduce pollution right now.
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25. Major Project of the Year
This award is to be given to a single event, campaign or launch rather than ongoing operations, so an example would be help in a crisis (i.e. plugging funding, donating office space for DR etc) or a single campaign that created immediate change. The size and impact will be judged relative to the size of organisation or organisations involved.
WINNER: ITV & CALM
26. Innovation Award
A wide category designed to catch new ways of doing and thinking that can contribute to organisations creating a better society. The judges only ask that entries are unique (that is that the nominated subject has not been submitted in another category) and that it is an innovation that can help solve a problem in a wholly new way. An example would be the AirCarbon plastic made from greenhouse gases recovered from the air.
2019 WINNER: Dimension Data & Cisco
27. Communication and Education Award
This category is for the best scheme to inform and educate on matters of health, charity, environmental or social benefit. Both internal and external communications, as well a combined communications, will be considered. Examples could be education on saving energy or transmitting a message about health awareness. Judges will want to see clear messages being conveyed, and actual samples of the communications as well as a description of the strategic plan and reasoning.
2019 WINNER: London Waste and Recycling Board & Barley Communications
28. Tech for Good Award – NEW FOR 2020
This award honours organisations using technology to improve the lives of others and the world around us. It recognises corporate social responsibility implemented using pioneering techniques. Entries will be judged on their effectiveness, innovation and overall commitment to creating a better society.