International Green Awards

International Green Awards

Launched in 2006 to critical acclaim, the International Green Awards were set up to recognise strategies that use creativity in an engaging and effective manner, leading to more sustainable outcomes. It is now an established event on the global sustainable business-calendar. By showcasing “best in class” examples of effective, innovative and creative approaches to sustainability, the International Green Awards aims to be an agent of change. To this end, the Awards team searches the globe every year to find true influencers, leaders, entrepreneurs and innovators, identifying worldwide sustainability success stories that inspire and motivate others.

Company details

#707, Level 7 Tower 42, 25 Old Broad Street , London , EC2N 1HN United Kingdom

Locations Served

Business Type:
Event organizer
Industry Type:
Publishing / Media / Marketing
Market Focus:
Globally (various continents)
Year Founded:
2006
Employees:
1-10
Turnover:
$1,000,000 US - $10,000,000 US

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Launched in 2006 to critical acclaim, the International Green Awards™were set up to recognise strategies that use creativity in an engaging and effective manner, leading to more sustainable outcomes. It is now an established event on the global sustainable business-calendar.

Green AwardsBy showcasing “best in class” examples of effective, innovative and creative approaches to sustainability, the International Green Awards™ aims to be an agent of change. To this end, the Awards team searches the globe every year to find true influencers, leaders, entrepreneurs and innovators, identifying worldwide sustainability success stories that inspire and motivate others. It is no exercise in fluffy back-patting.

The awards are aligned with the Brundtland Commission’s definition on sustainable development, stated as: “Sustainable development is development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.”

The International Green Awards™ is the leading global sustainability platform for education, leadership and innovation. Over the past years, the awards have endeavoured to showcase best practice in sustainability to inspire and challenge others to exceed existing benchmarks.

In the last cycle the awards looked to recognise organisations that exhibited leadership and innovation in their sustainability approach. Organisations do not work in isolation and constantly interact with the environment. Traditionally, this interaction would imply the taking of natural resources and giving waste back.

Sustainability is not about saving resources, but is instead a mechanism to use available resources in a smarter way – that would guarantee future supply and profitability. It is now time for organisations to evaluate and understand their two way interaction with the environment and build resilient businesses. Some people call this ‘future proofing’ – we call this smarter business.

With tangible changes taking place across policies, climate, business models and market conditions, businesses need to ensure they have fully embed sustainability and they understand the 360 degree implications of these changes to grow, compete and gain market share.

Key Features of the last Awards which will be reviewed for the next one

1. It was ‘Free to enter’ to promote social equity and remove the barrier to entry.

2. A questionnaire was used with scores presented on a matrix that used two parameters:

  • Leadership – is your organisation leading the way in sustainability?
  • Innovation – what is your organisation doing differently?

3. Independent review of your sustainability strategy with feedback on current strengths and future areas of opportunity to enhance sustainability performance.
4. Sector and geographic reports with sustainability intelligence.

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(Now Closed until 2015/16)

The International Green Awards™ has sought to recognise organisations that have exhibited leadership and innovation in their sustainability approach. Organisations do not work in isolation and constantly interact with the environment. Traditionally, this interaction would imply the taking of natural resources and giving waste back.

Sustainability is not about saving resources, but is instead, a mechanism to use available resources in a smarter way – that would guarantee future supply and profitability. It is now time for organisations to evaluate and understand their two way interaction with the environment and build resilient businesses. Some people call this ‘future proofing’ – we call this responsible business.

Our partnership with WWF-UK sought to recognise innovation across products, services or business models through the WWF Green Game-Changers category.

Based on your organisation size and status, you could also compete in the following 6 categories:

Each of these categories was assessed across 8 sustainability indicators which should form the basis of any holistic sustainability strategy. We were looking to find organisations that have put some effort into each of these 8 areas to form their sustainability directive. These disciplines are:

  • Energy
  • Water
  • Waste
  • Resources
  • Carbon
  • Supply Chain
  • Transport
  • Social Impact

Entry Process (Now Closed until 2015/16)

  1. Create your account on the portal. You will be sent a verification link on your email.
  2. Following verification, you will be able to complete the questionnaire online.
  • The questionnaire was divided into 9 sections.
  • You could save each the form periodically.
  • Complete and submit your entry before (Now Closed until 2015/16)
  • The awards team would monitor your progress and contact you if there is anything incomplete. Help is always at hand!

Following the close of entries, answers will be collated into scores and be subject to the judges scrutiny – which will decide the winner.