Innovators invited to apply for the Guardian awards for sustainable business

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28 January 2015

LONDON: Innovators from around the UK and beyond are invited to apply to The Guardian’s annual sustainable business awards to get sector-wide recognition for their low carbon efforts, with the deadline closing in just over two weeks.

This year can be the tipping point for the clean revolution. Momentum created by the UN Summit in New York and the Climate Week NYC last September led to encouraging talks at COP20 in Lima, demonstrated how important ambitious and collaborative action is to achieve a global treaty for tackling climate change at COP21 in Paris this December.

The Pulitzer-winner newspaper Guardian is recognizing such activity in the business world thanks to the Guardian Sustainable Business Awards, now in its fifth annual edition. The important prize shows how business and sustainability are closely connected – a fact that was most clearly proven in the high-profile New Climate Economy report last year.

Small and large businesses, third-sector organizations, academic institutions and public bodies can submit their projects to the prize until February 13, 2015. The project (or initiative) submitted must be part of a comprehensive sustainability strategy that encompasses all of the company’s operations. And while the company must be registered in the UK, projects can be global.

Change doesn’t happen overnight or without forward planning,” underlines the Guardian. “These annual awards showcase the people and projects who are helping businesses shine and achieve for people, planet and profit.”

The awards consider the innovation and impact of the projects, which are divided into different categories ranging from communicating sustainability to social impact, and from carbon and energy management to diversity and inclusion, with many other categories calling to make sustainability a reality.

Our CEO Mark Kenber will be once again part of the judging panel that will review the projects. “This award is a fantastic opportunity to celebrate and show to the world how businesses are at the core of the clean revolution,” he said. “The clean economy and business opportunity are two sides of the same coin: study after study have shown the underlying strength and growth in the sector. I am honored of being part of this panel, and I look forward to see how bold initiatives the corporate world is implementing to shift towards a prosper low carbon economy.”

The shortlisted projects will be announced in March.

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