The Guardian Sustainable Business Awards

The Guardian Sustainable Business Awards is accepting applications for the fourth edition of these awards. If you want to enter, you need to move quickly, the deadline is 7th February 2014.
 
These awards shine a light on the people and projects who are helping businesses do better and be better. Not just for their own bottom line, but for the environment and society too.
 
They are looking for initiatives that come from a range of places. Past winners have been companies that were set up to solve a specific sustainability problem or that built sustainability into the fabric of the business from the outset, others have been from companies that are remaking the way they do business.  
 
It doesn’t matter what kind of organisation you represent, what matters is that your initiative has made a real sustainability impact.
 
Change takes effort and there are a huge number of areas that need specific focus to make it happen, so these awards are categorised to enable a broad range of approaches to be recognised. From natural capital to communicating sustainability, from carbon to the built environment they catalogue innovative, impactful approaches to making sustainability a reality. 
 
There is much to be gained in sharing experiences and replicating ideas whether you work for a global corporation or a small social enterprise. The awards live beyond the awards ceremony with year long coverage of the leadership the winners show.
 
In each category two awards will be made, one for innovation and one for impact.
 
Innovation:
It is likely that your organisation was set up to solve a sustainability problem or that enshrined in your business from the outset is a sustainable approach to doing business. Past innovation winners have included CRED, an ethical jewellery company who won the 2013 supply chain innovation award and the charity Solar Aid, who won the 2013 communicating sustainability innovation award.
 
Impact:
It is likely that your organisation is seeking to become more sustainable, transitioning from an old paradigm to a more resilient sustainable one. Past impact winners have included B&Q, who won the 2013 carbon impact award and BSkyB who won the 2013 communicating sustainability impact award.
 
The categories:
Communicating sustainability
Net positive
Work
Natural capital 
Social impact
Collaboration
Supply chain – sponsored by WRAP
Carbon & energy management
Waste 
Built Environment – sponsored by Aecom
 
Special awards:
Sustainable Business leader of the year
Sustainable Business lifetime achievement award
Consultancy of the year
 
Deadline for entries: 7th February 2014
 
Find out more about the Guardian Sustainable Business Awards
 
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