Created by the UN the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are the foundation for a better and more sustainable future for everyone. Charities use these SDGs to assess their work by evaluating their actions and decisions, ensuring that they are on track to achieve these goals.
So we thought, why can’t we use these same criteria to assess the work of business programmes that work towards the same objectives? Thus the Special Judges Award for Sustainable Goals was created.
The new award will not be a specific category that organisations can enter. Rather, the Special Judges Award will form an optional part of the application form. This award will be given, at the Judge’s discretion, to the entry that has aligned their entered activity or project to SDGs and the judge’s feel has had the most impact.
Martin Wright, Judge at Global Good Awards writes, “This year, we’ve decided to create a Special Judges Award to recognise the growing influence of the Sustainable Development Goals. These cover an impressively wide range of areas, from education and poverty alleviation to clean energy and climate action. An increasing number of businesses and organisations are starting to align their own aims with those of the SDGs, and this Award will recognise leadership among those adopting this ambitious approach.”
The Sustainable Development Goals are already used by some businesses and international certification bodies. Steve Malkin, CEO Planet First and Founder of The Planet Mark, shared his thoughts:
“This new prize by the Global Good Awards will help shine a light on how organisations can adopt the Global Goals in their reporting and communications. This is essential so that others can see how they can adopt the Goals for the benefit of their business and for wider society and the environment.”
Steve continued to say, “The Global Goals are, in our opinion, are an ideal International framework for sustainability. We have enabled every holder of The Planet Mark to align with the Goals with evidence-based action. No matter whether you are a corporate, charity, small business, entrepreneur or sole trader you can demonstrate how you are contributing to the Goals and making the world a better place by 2030.”
Also excited for the award is Shabnam Amini, Executive Director, Fundraising, Partnerships & Communications at CARE International UK, who commented, “As proud winners of a Silver Global Good Award in 2018 for our frontline health worker partnership with GSK, CARE welcomes this new opportunity for award entrants to demonstrate alignment with the UN SDGs. As a global organisation working across a range of development themes, including women’s empowerment, health, food security and education, we recognise the galvanising power of the SDGs to bring diverse stakeholders together to form innovative public-private partnerships for change. Incorporating the SDGs into the awards is a welcome reminder that working towards them is both a shared responsibility and an opportunity to focus efforts for the global good where they are needed most.”
We’re looking forward to judge this new category. If you have a business program that aligns with the UN Sustainable Development Goals follow this link to register your interest in the 2019 Global Good Awards.
Interesting in entering the Global Good Awards in 2019?
It’s not too early to register your interest in entering for 2019. Entries open on 2nd January.
Anyone wishing to be part of the Global Good revolution and this unique awards programme can contact Founder, Karen Sutton: karen@GlobalGoodAwards.co.uk