Sustainable Supply Chain of the Year Award

Category Description

This award is open to any organisations that are working independently or with partners and collaborators to improve their sustainable supply chain processes and deliver an environmentally improved product or service. Key elements will include efficient and innovative utilisation of local and ideally replenishable resources and consideration and reduction of the transportation footprint of the products or services. This award goes beyond the simple purchase of recycled products and instead looks at the complete process of production and sourcing as far and wide as possible.

The sustainable supply chain award will be given to an organisation where the principles of sustainability have been fully embedded in a transparent and sustainable supply chain, particularly those that demonstrate creative thinking and leadership. The winning entry will be an exemplar of sustainability, providing evidence that effective management of the supply chain and environment and economic aspects have achieved a significant improvement in the sustainability of the end product or service.

The judges will be looking for quantifiable improvements to the sustainable supply chain, demonstrably effective forms of partnership and collaboration where appropriate, information sharing and transparency, innovative processes and the delivery of benefits in terms of process improvements in time, cost and operation. Extra marks will be given to ‘beyond end of useful life’ planning and demonstration of circular economy considerations.  The judges will look for entrants who demonstrate a responsible, long term and collaborative approach to adding value in a responsible way and achieving a range of benefits for themselves and others.


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

  1. The organisation’s commitment to sustainable partnerships, ethical practices, and environmentally improved services and products as an integral aspect of the business strategy; (25%)
  2. The development of organisational sustainability initiatives with a holistic, long-term approach including consultations with partners and input from the supply chain; (25%)
  3. The internal and/or external communications strategy of the organisation’s sustainable business practices to their green suppliers; (20%)
  4. The effectiveness of increased partnership and supplier engagement and collaboration with evidence of the environmental, economic and employee benefits of these approaches; (15%)
  5. An overarching strategy to improve core business practices, sustainability and corporate responsibility with support by senior management. (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.