Natura, YES BANK, DS Smith, Royal DSM, Timberland, Royal Bank of Canada, Accenture, Numi Organic Tea, BASF, Bloomberg, Firmenich, IKEA, Marks & Spencer, GSK, Santader Brasil and Heineken are among the nominees being shortlisted for this year’s The Responsible Business Awards

The shortlist for Ethical Corporation's 8th Annual Responsible Business Awards has been announced. The winners will be revealed and celebrated at a glamorous Awards Dinner ceremony on 16th October in central London.

“The calibre of entries in this year’s Awards has been the highest we’ve seen. There’s some truly amazing initiatives and innovations across the globe that are driving new responsible ways of doing business. We look forward to celebrating their successes in October,” said Liam Dowd, managing director at Ethical Corporation.

Ethical Corporation would like to thank everyone that entered for all their hard work and efforts spent in the submissions. Please keep up your great work!

The shortlist includes:

Sustainable Innovation

  • MillioreSigma (Merck) – Evaluating Greener Alternatives Through DOZN™

  • SM Prime Holdings – Movies for the Blind and Death

  • Natura – Natura Ekos: a business model sustainable by nature

  • Olam International – Olam Farmer Information System

  • Bloomberg – Bloomberg ESG <GO>

  • PPG – PPG Sustainable Products

  • C&A – Holistic and Sustainable Fashion is Possible at Scale

  • United Airlines – United Airlines Eco-Skies Biofuel Powering the Future of Flight

Responsible Business of the Year

  • DS Smith – DS Smith at the heart of the closed-loop economy

  • YES BANK – Inclusive and Sustainable Growth through Responsible Banking

  • Novartis Hellas – Novartis Greece: Vision and Responsibility for the patient

  • Ericsson – A responsible and relevant driver of positive change

  • IKEA – People and Planet Positive Strategy

  • PepsiCo – Living our Values: PepsiCo’s Performance with Purpose 2025 Agenda

  • Royal DSM – Bringing brighter lives to people today and generations to come

Social Enterprise of the Year

  • Ashley Community Housing – Tackling the refugee crisis

  • ClimateCare – Tackling climate change to deliver the Global Goals

  • CBS EcoMedia – Driving Social Change Through Advertising

Solution Provider of the Year

  • • UL EHS Sustainability – UL’s PURE Platform Streamlines Sustainability Reporting

  • • ADEC Innovations

  • • SIM Supply Chain – Supply Chain Information Management

  • • HH Global – Driving Quality for a Leading Global Bank

New Entrant of the Year

  • Sustainable Trust – Sustainable Platform

  • Infi-Febraban – Meu Bolso em Dia Program: strengthening the quality of financial inclusion in Brazil

  • Numi Organic Tea – People, Planet and Pure Tea

  • YOOX NET-A-PORTER GROUP – Empowering People

  • Ronin8 Technologies

  • SIG – Way Beyond Good

Sustainability Report of the Year

  • GSK – GSK 2016 Responsible Business Supplement

  • Metro AG – Corporate Responsibility Report 2016

  • AHA – Leadership and purpose elevate Google's first environmental report

  • Enel Spa – Seeding energies

  • Thai Union Group – Thai Union Group’s Sustainability Report 2016

  • The Co-op – Co-op Way Report 2016

  • Teck – Teck 2016 Sustainability Report

Integrated Report of the Year

  • HEINEKEN International – HEINEKEN N.V Integrated Reporting Suite

  • Marks & Spencer – Marks & Spencer 2017

  • BASF – BASF Report 2016

  • ING – ING’s 2016 integrated Annual Report

  • The Crown Estate – The Crown Estate Integrated Annual Report 2016/17

  • Vancity – Vancity 2016 Annual Report

  • Sanofi – 2016 Sanofi Integrated Report: A significant milestone in the Integrated Thinking approach of the company

  • UniCredit – 2016 Integrated Report: Our sustainable value creation

  • Lloyds Banking Group – 2016 Annual Report

Sustainable Communications of the Year

  • HEINEKEN International – Tiger Air Ink

  • Timberland – From Bottle to Boot: Sharing Timberland and Thread’s Journey

  • B&Q – The Nature of Gardens

  • World Business Council for Sustainable Development – Reporting Matters

  • AHA – Showing Nike employees that sustainable innovation is Limitless

  • Barry Callebaut – Forever Chocolate

  • DP World – Our World, Our Future

Best Engagement Campaign of the Year

  • ING Bank – Nepal VR Campaign

  • Myer – Give Registry

  • Smart Communications – TNT Tropang Ready

  • City Football Group – Cityzens Giving

  • Royal Bank of Canada – #Make150Count

  • Gildan Activewear – 4th Annual Gildan Glow Run

  • NatWest – Mog’s Mission: Making a sense of money

  • Bentall Kennedy – ForeverGreen Tenant Engagement Program

  • StarHub – StarHub RENEW

Supplier Engagement of the Year

  • Enterprise Holdings – Closing the Loop on Oil Consumption at North American Airports

  • Flex – Supplier Engagement at Flex

  • Coop – Fairtrade Rice

  • United Airlines – United Fuel Supply – Introducing Biofuels

  • Marks & Spencer – M&S Foods Sustainability Framework

  • Ketchum – P&G Family Care Responsibility Forestry

Business to NGO Partnership of the Year

  • NatWest – The Prince’s Trust and NatWest Enterprise Partnership

  • YES BANK – Livelihood and Water Security with Indian Railways

  • R Twining and Company – Creating a protective environment for adolescent girls on tea estates in Assam

  • Coop – Coop and WWF – together for responsible soy

  • United Airlines – United Airlines Partnerships with Clean the World

  • Marks & Spencer – Marks & Spencer partnership with Emerging Leaders

  • ING – ING and UNICEF Partnership, A Journey from Chances for Children to Power for Youth

Domestic Community Investment of the Year

  • Thailand Convention & Exhibition Bureau – Farm to Function

  • Turkcell – No Barriers

  • YES BANK – Say YES to Sustainable MSME’s in India

  • The Hongkong and Shanghai Hotels – Honing Skills in Hospitality Programme

  • Lloyds Banking Group – Lloyds Bank and Bank of Scotland Social Entrepreneurs Programme

  • WIND Hellas – The secret of Anafi

  • Hetero Group of Companies – Hetero Sustainable Community Development

International Community Investment of the Year

  • R Twining and Company – Creating a protective environment for adolescent girls on tea estates in Assam

  • Digicel Group – Rebuilding Haiti

  • Numi Organic Tea – Together for H2OPE

  • Teck – Zinc and Health

  • Primark – Primark’s Sustainable Cotton Programme

  • Nespresso – Nespresso Agroforestry Programme

Business to Business Partnership of the Year

  • ING Bank – Philips arranges first sustainability linked syndicated RCF

  • A.P. Moller Maersk (Maersk Line) – Maersk Line and Philips Lighting Carbon Pact

  • Timberland – Timberland X Thread: The Journey to an Upcycled Collection

  • United Airlines – Leaders in Sustainable Aviation, United and AltAir.

  • Hypertherm – Synergistic Waste Reduction

  • Ford Motor Company Fund – Ford Resource and Engagement Center

Employee Engagement

  • Sealand – Engaging Employees with Community Leads to Business and Social Transformation

  • Takeda Pharmaceutical Company – All Employee vote for Global CSR Programs

  • Flex – Employee Engagement at Flex

  • IBM – IBM Corporate Corps (CSC) Program

  • Fedex Ground – EarthSmart Champion Program

  • O’Malley Hansen Communications – HanesBrands’ Energy Treasure Hunts Engage Global Supply Chain Workforce

  • Nestle Waters North America – Water Efficiency Gains via Increased Reverse Osmosis Efficiency

  • Hypertherm – We as owners

Sustainability Team of the Year

  • DS Smith – Sustainability Team all boxed up

  • Lockheed Martin Corporation – Sustainable advancements and award-winning strategy

  • Ayala Corporation – Ayala Sustainability Council

  • Colart International Holdings

  • RBS – The RBS Sustainable Banking Team

Sustainability Leader of the Year

  • Dr. McBain – Thai Union Group

  • Namita Vikas – YES BANK

  • Nadim Kassar – BLC Bank

  • Michael Faircloth – HanesBrands

Diversity and Inclusion

  • The Rezidor Hotel Group – Forward thinking in Responsible Business

  • BLC Bank – We Initiative

  • Royal Bank of Canada – Diversity and Inclusion Initiatives at RBC

  • Santander Brasil – Santander Brasil Diversity Policy

  • GSK – Building an inclusive culture at GSK

  • Turkcell – Turkcell’s “Hello Hope” Mobile App for Integration of Syrian Refugees

  • Teck – Diversity and Inclusion at Teck Resources

CEO of the Year

  • Ernest Cu – Globe Telecom

  • Rose Marcario – Patagonia

  • Rana Kapoor – YES BANK

  • Gilbert Ghostine – Firmenich

  • Nadine Hack – beCause Global Consulting

  • Pierre Nanterme – Accenture

  • Emmanuel Faber – Danone

The Responsible Business Awards Dinner and Celebration will take place on Monday 16th October 2017. The night will host some of the most innovative and forward-thinking practitioners from the world of sustainable and responsible business. The 200+ attendees will be the first to know the winners of this year's awards and learn about their Award-winning strategies. On top of this they'll enjoy a glamourous night of entertainment, 3-course meal and celebratory drinks.

For more information about the awards, the shortlist or the dinner ceremony, contact Liam Dowd on or call +44 (0) 207 375 7238 or click here


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