Guardian Sustainable Business Awards 2016: And the winners are …

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27-05-16 10:00 | Responsible investment

Both large, medium and small companies have a chance of being honored at the British newspaper The Guardian's annual Sustainable Business Awards kicks.This year a number of companies fought for the prestigious awards in 13 different categories. Among other things the judges will be asking: How effectively does the project or initiative meet the specific criteria of the category entered? Is there evidence of measurable, sustainable change as a result of the project? And what were the challenges the project had to overcome? Here you get a complete overview of categories, the nominees and not least the winners.

Category 1: Bold move

Sometimes it takes a bold move from one company to push the boundaries on sustainability. This award will recognize organisations that can point to one truly risky, groundbreaking step they have taken to advance sustainability which could pave the way for other businesses.

The nominees:



Southern Water


Wyke Farms

Category 2: Built environment

An award for innovative redevelopments or new-build projects that are at the leading-edge of approaches to reducing the built environment’s negative environmental impacts and raising its positive social impacts.

The nominees:

The Enterprise Centre, University of East Anglia


Bright Green Homes 

Hastoe Housing Association

Kings Cross Partnership 

XCO2 Energy

Category 3: Carbon and energy management

Reducing a companies’ emissions is key to meeting carbon reduction targets. his is an award for initiatives that take a holistic approach to measuring, managing and reducing emissions.

The nominees:

Wyke Farms


Considerate Hoteliers


InterContinental Hotels Group

Lanchester Group of Companies

Category 4: Collaboration

An award for a project that breaks down traditional barriers. We are looking for examples of several partners working together in non-traditional ways towards a goal that delivers truly sustainable outcomes.

The nominees:

Edinburgh Centre for Carbon Innovation


Falcon Coffees 

Kings Cross Partnership

The Carbon Trust


Category 5: Communicating sustainability

Inspiring action on sustainability issues is key. We’re looking for standout examples of campaigns that have engaged and entertained, eliciting action and leading to tangible shifts in behaviour.

The nominees:


CTC and Diva Creative 

Hubbub UK 

Category 6: Diversity and inclusion

It is critical that companies are a reflection of the society in which they operate and a strong workforce is a diverse one. This award recognises an organisation’s understanding that innovation and success come through including different perspectives and experiences. We are looking for organisations which prioritise diversity, be it around race, gender, culture, sexuality, ability, age or other aspects either within their own workforces or as part of external projects.

The nominees:

Marcatus QED

The Corporation of Lloyds



Category 7: Finance for good

Finance feeds into the world we are building and good financial models are a very important tool in making it more sustainable. This award is for an organisation that has shown leadership by developing financial models or tools that produce social, environmental and business benefits.

The nominees:

Social Stock Exchange

Alquity Investment Management

Carbon Tracker Initiative


The Land Trust

Triodos Bank 

Category 8: Net positive

It is no longer enough to do less bad. Progressive businesses are seeking ways to be regenerative in their activity. This award is for those businesses that are taking tangible steps towards making a net positive contribution to communities, society and the environment.

The nominees:

Good Energy

IKEA UK and Ireland Ltd

Sindicatum Sustainable Resources

Category 9: Social impact

Business has huge potential to contribute positively to society. This award is for a project or initiative that seeks to solve a challenging social issue while simultaneously creating shared value for the business.

The nominees:

The University of Manchester

Hogan Lovells


Our Parklife CIC

Shared Interest Society

The Resilience Centre

Category 10: Startup of the year

A startup is a company set up to solve a particular problem or challenge. They are companies associated with innovation, impact and future thinking. This award celebrates early stage companies with sustainability at their heart and an idea with the potential to scale up. To be eligible, companies must have started to trade between 1 January 2011 and 31 July 2015.

The nominees:


Guru Systems

Solar for Schools


Category 11: Supply chain

Global supply chains are vast and complex. This award is for projects that embed respect for human, economic and environmental rights across a business or product’s supply chain.

The nominees:


IKEA UK and Ireland Ltd


Pennine Pack

Category 12: Waste

From circular principles applied to design, to projects achieving zero waste and remanufacturing initiatives, rethinking waste is vital. This award is for projects or products that are at the cutting edge of waste innovation.

The nominees:



Company Shop



R Collard

Category 13: Water

Water sustainability will be one of the defining challenges of our time. This award will recognise an organisation that can demonstrate its commitment to water sustainability through projects, technologies, designs or policies that improve water availability, access or quality.

The nominees:

Innocent Drinks

Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group


Water Label Company

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