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