Special Judges Award for Innovation

Category Description

This innovation award will be given, at the Judges’ discretion, to the most innovative entry from across all categories in the 2021 awards programme (with the exception of Global Good Company/SME of the Year, Individual Leader of the Year and Special Judges Award for SDGs) as long as the ‘Innovation’ box is selected within the application.

As ‘Innovation’ forms part of the criteria for almost all categories, entrants are only asked to put forward a 100 word overview as to why their entry should be considered. Please only opt to be entered for the Innovation award if your entry is TRULY innovative.

A shortlist for this innovation award will be selected, like all other categories and entrant will be notified in the regular way through live Twitter announcement on Judging Day, followed by email. Entrants don’t necessarily need to be shortlisted in their original category to be shortlisted for Innovation.

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.