This award is aimed any established, responsible small business or enterprise of less than 250 employees, which is operating with effective, comprehensive and purpose-driven responsible business in mind; that is credible, results driven, addresses your core business function and reinforces your commitment to operating in an economically, socially and environmentally responsible manner.
The award is for the small business or organisation which has developed multiple aspects of its sustainability and social impact initiatives and will be judged primarily on activities and progress in 2018-20 although activities before and those ongoing will be taken into account if significant development has been achieved within the 2018-20 time frame.
Organisations must be able to demonstrate relevant activities including innovation, promotion of employee well-being, diversity & inclusion, improving the sustainability of processes in the workplace, community engagement, protection of the natural environment, supply chain, partnership, governance and leadership.
Please also review the additional Guidance Notes for assistance with writing your entry for this category. (also downloadable from the application form)
Judges will be looking for evidence of the small business completing the following points within the supplied application form (weighting percentages in brackets):
- The organisation’s initiatives and activities demonstrating their commitment to purpose driven sustainability for innovation and creativity, improving core business practices and showing support at senior management level; (40%)
- The measurement of impact on employee well-being (learning, development, diversity & inclusion, skilled volunteering and behaviour change) and the wider positive impact on the local community through their social impact, pro-bono charity support and donations; (25%)
- The measurement and reduction of the organisation’s carbon footprint, waste management and overall positive impact on the environment; (20%)
- The motivation, engagement and participation of partners, supporters and supply chain to change organisational practices as a result of being involved in projects; (15%)
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.