A completed entry will include:
1. Entry Payment
2. Entry Form
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.
2021 WINNER: Sainsbury’s & The Giving Department
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).
2021 WINNER: ISS UK and the Stroke Association
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).
2021 WINNER: Schroders
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.
2021 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.
2021 WINNER: CareTech Community Services
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.
2021 WINNER: Refinitiv (an LSEG business)
7. Transformation Award
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. Inclusive Employer Award
Given to the employer or organisation that has made concerted and effective steps to ensure that their workplace, employment practices and recruitment policies are fair, equal and inclusive of all. Key points could be ratios of diversity, make-up of the board and supportive initiatives inside or outside the workplace. Judges would like to see real data and written commitments.
2021 WINNER: FM Conway
9. Supportive Employer Award
COVID has devastated many communities and workplaces, this award goes to companies and organisations that have supported their employees and their communities during the harsh pandemic. We want to highlight and applaud those that have helped reduce the stress and actively helped people during this time, through work practices, support and technology, making lasting changes for good that can inform better working in the future and/or community ties going forward.
2021 WINNER: Greene King
10. Green Finance Award
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.
2021 WINNER: Path Financial
11. Good Money Award – 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.
2021 WINNER: The Co-operative Bank
12. 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.
2021 WINNER: The Co-operative Bank's Digital Bees
13. National Commitment to the Community Award
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.
2021 WINNER: VGC Group
14. 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.
2021 WINNER: NatWest MoneySense
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.
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.
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.
2021 WINNER: Centrica and Carers UK
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.
2021 WINNER: Santander UK and Alzheimer's Society
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.
2021 WINNER: St. James’s Place Charitable Foundation and The Child’s i Foundation
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.
2021 WINNER: ClimateCare and Natural Capital Partners
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.
2021 WINNER: 14Trees Sustainable Construction Project
22. Circular Economy Award
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.
2021 WINNER: Hubbub and O2
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.
2021 WINNER: Hubbub, Ellipsis Earth, BCP Council
24. Green Energy Award
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.
2021 WINNER: Octopus Energy
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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.
2021 WINNER: Aviva and British Red Cross
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.
2021 WINNER: Barclays
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.
2021 WINNER: Patron Capital
28. Tech for Good Award
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.
2021 WINNER: Simul8