If your company has developed an effective and comprehensive Corporate Responsibility programme that is credible, results driven, addresses your core business function and reinforces your commitment to operating in an economically, socially and environmentally responsible manner, then your organisation, regardless of size, is eligible to enter this award.
The award is for the organisation which has developed every aspect of its sustainability initiatives and will be judged primarily on activities undertaken in 2014-16 although projects started before and those ongoing will be taken into account if significant development has been achieved within the 2014-16 time frame. The scope of relevant activities includes innovation, promotion of employee well-being, reduction of carbon footprint, improving the sustainability of processes in the workplace, community engagement, protection of the natural environment, supply chain, partnership, governance and leadership.
The award will be presented to the organisation delivering effective activities and initiatives creating a high impact, socially responsible presence. This can include future planned activities to change processes, to benchmark successes with an emphasis on whole-life impact of products and services, and to encourage clients and third parties to incorporate sustainable practices into the delivery of their processes, services and resources.
The Judges will be looking for good governance, management and a continuing commitment to sustainability.
Judges will be looking for evidence of the following points within the supplied application form (weighting percentages in brackets):
- How the organisation’s initiatives and projects set new standards in sustainability for innovation and creativity, improve core business practices and are supported by senior management and the Board of Directors? (30%)
- The measurement of impact on employee well-being (learning, development and change behaviours); (15%)
- The measurement and reduction of the organisation’s carbon footprint; (20%)
- The commitment to long-term change and investment of resources; (20%)
- The motivation and participation of partners, supporters and supply chain to change organisation practices as a result of being involved in projects; (15%)