Sustainable Supply Chain of the Year Award


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Category Description

This award is open to any organisation that is working independently or with partners and collaborators to improve the social and environmental sustainability of its supply chain.

The judges are looking to award a living demonstration of how to embed the principles of sustainability in a transparent supply chain, so that the organisation achieves a significant, and preferably game-changing, improvement in the sustainability of its end product(s) and/or service(s) over defined time periods, including, but not limited to, a 2020-22 timeframe.

Outstanding entrants will be those who show creativity, innovation and sector leadership, and who demonstrate current or potential beneficial impact beyond the applicant themselves to broader ‘zones of influence’ – such as other sectors, communities, cities and governments.

The judges will be looking for measurable impacts across the key environmental, social and governance (ESG) aspects of sustainability, including on human rights, and will be impressed by entries that demonstrate the economic and business logic, both for the applicant and others, of a shift to a sustainable supply chain.

Credit will be given to entries which encapsulate a full circular economy strategy, and which demonstrate a long-term and collaborative approach, achieving a range of benefits for themselves and others.

For a more in-depth understanding of the principles of what building a truly sustainable supply chain means in practice, click here.

We request a total word count of 1500 words +/-10% (excl. supporting docs). Any confidential data will be treated as such and only shared with the judging panel.


Judges will be looking for evidence of the following points within the supplied application form (weighting percentages in brackets):

  1. Excellence in sustainable practices across the supply chain, delivering outstanding measurable and verifiable achievements in the overall performance of the organisation, its product(s) and/or services (40%)
  2. Building successful partnerships with actors across the supply chain, based on meaningful inclusion, consultations and input (25%)
  3. Special attention and support given to the ability and willingness of small, marginal and vulnerable partners to participate in the initiative, and measures taken to mitigate any potential adverse impacts on marginal / vulnerable stakeholders (20%)
  4. Ambition to scale impacts beyond the programme, through a commitment to transparency, clear monitoring and reporting, learning and advocacy and an effective internal/external communications strategy (15%).

PLEASE NOTE: The criteria above are different to the questions in the application form. You will need to follow the application questions; cross-referencing these with the criteria to ensure you’ve captured them within your application. The criteria are followed by the judges in order to compare all entries in each category like-for-like, Please ensure you register / login to AwardStage (Opens 1st Feb), select the category and export a PDF copy of the questions. Some category application questions differ. The application questions will be available four weeks before entries open, so if you wish to get them ahead of time please email us.

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.