COVID-19 Crisis Champions

Category Description

This award recognises and celebrates organisations which have gone the extra mile in responding to the impact of the pandemic – whether on a local, national or global level.

This could include health innovations, scientific or otherwise, outstanding examples of health care in a crisis, as well as a range of imaginative, timely and effective responses to the pandemic’s impact on wider society and the economy – ones which have helped enable life and livelihoods to survive and thrive in immensely challenging times.

Above all, we are looking for stories which illustrate the best in humanity’s response to the crisis; ones which can inspire others and set an example of how people can come together in the face of adversity for the common good.

Depending on the scope and quality of the entries, judges may make two separate gold awards: one for organisations working within the healthcare sector, as broadly defined; and one for organisations outside it – whether in business or the wider community.

Entry to this category will be free of charge for any organisation entering another category and to any Public Sector #healthcare services (and all Int. equivalents). Organisations wishing to enter this category only, can still do so at the standard entry rate. Please email to obtain your discount code prior to your final submission.


Judges will be looking for evidence of the following points within the supplied application form and reserve the right to award multiple awards for different styles of initiative (weighting percentages in brackets):

  1. Scale of impact: how many people benefited (or can confidently be predicted to benefit) from the innovation (25%)
  2. Extent of impact: how significant was the change it enabled (25%)
  3. Timeliness: how quickly was the initiative put in place once the scale of the crisis became clear (20%)
  4. Future potential beyond Covid-19: to what extent has this laid the ground for longer-lasting benefits to wider society. (30%)

Are we eligible to enter?

Our awards programme is open to all organisations of any kind… companies large and small, charities, not-for-profits, social enterprises, NGOs, membership and accreditation organisations and government departments including local and county councils. We are all about rewarding sustainability practice – in all its forms. So if your organisation is making a difference, directly or indirectly to people and planet, you’re eligible.

We don’t just recognise businesses that are operating responsibly, or supporting / partnering with worthwhile causes. We also actively encourage entries from organisations that have been specifically set up or adapted to offer a product or service that tackles a social or environmental problem.

Our category descriptions and criteria have been written to guide entrants on what content should be detailed in their entries. However, we do not expect square pegs to fit in round holes… Some of your business activities or dedicated programmes might not fit entirely with any one specific category. In these cases, the descriptions and criteria are open to an element of interpretation and rest assured that our judges will still take into account entries that are strongly aligned with the overall context of the category.

If you have any concerns about the suitability of your entry, or would like to discuss your activities in more detail, we are here to help. Give Karen a call on 07813 718541 or email us.