The 11th Annual Responsible Business Awards 2020 Shortlist Announced

The shortlist for Reuters Events 11th Responsible Business Awards has been announced. The winners will be revealed and celebrated on 8-9 October, during a virtual broadcast to a global audience of over 5,000 senior business executives.

“The standard of entry in this year’s Awards has been exceptionally high and the Judges had a hard task of whittling down a list of 500 entries down to just 83 finalists. We’re excited to share the work by these companies at this year’s Awards ceremony,” It’s been a tough task, drawn from just under 500 entries, 83 nominees were finally shortlisted for this year’s Awards,” said Liam Dowd, managing director – sustainable business at Reuters Events and one of this year’s judges.

“Due to Covid-19 we are broadcasting this year’s Awards ceremony as a free-to-attend virtual event and we have the opportunity to bring more attention to these entries and what makes them so innovative via our propriety Awards Showcase Hub.2

Reuters Events 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:

Sustainability Innovation Category

  • XAG – AgTech Power: Shaping the Future of Smart Farms amidst Aging Population
  • Maersk – Maersk ECO Delivery
  • TES – Sustainable end of life batteries management
  • Treedom srl – Let’s Green the Planet with Treedom
  • UPS – UPS Fleet Innovations to Tackle Global Emissions
  • F1 – F1 Project Pitlane
  • The Kraft Heinz Company (Canada) – Maxwell House & Nabob 100% Compostable Coffee Pods
  • BSI – Business Resilience with Sustainable Innovation

Circular Innovation Category

  • TerraCycle – Loop
  • TES – Sustainable end of life batteries management
  • Dow – How Dow Is Forming Unique Global Partnerships to Drive Innovation in Circularity
  • NatWest Group – The NatWest Group and GGMS Circular Project for Furniture and Community Regeneration.
  • Kimberly-Clark – Kimberly-Clark Professional – Advanced Wastewater Treatment Plant
  • The Ellen MacArthur Foundation – Circulytics

Business Transformation Category

  • Snam S.p.A. – Snam’s leadership in green gas
  • NatWest Group – The Sustainable Transformation of NatWest Group
  • Intel Corporation – Toward 2030: Intel’s RISE Framework
  • Stanley Black & Decker – A Force for Good: Inspiring makers and innovators to create a more sustainable world
  • Dow – Transformation, technology & partnership: How Dow is ‘Stopping the Waste’ and ‘Closing the Loop’
  • Healthcare of Ontario Pension Plan – Identifying and addressing climate-related risks and opportunities
  • Guardian News & Media – The Guardian’s climate pledge 2019

SDG Impact Category

  • Thai Union – Thai Union – Changing Seafood for Good
  • Goldman Sachs – The First SDG-linked Bond
  • McKinsey & Company – Generation: transforming the lives of people and communities through stable, meaningful employment
  • Archer Daniels Midland           – Toward Zero Hunger in the World’s Most Vulnerable Communities
  • City Developments Limited – The Singapore Sustainability Academy – A Hub for Capacity Building, Knowledge Sharing and Networking
  • Mary Kay Inc. – SDG Pilot Village: Women-focused Poverty Reduction and Sustainable Development in Yunnan Province, China
  • Samsung Electronics – Samsung Global Goals App
  • Al Dabbagh Group – ADG’s Contribution to the SDG Goals

Partnership of the Year Category

  • Severn Trent – Farming for Water
  • Business for Nature – Building a powerful collective business voice to reverse nature loss this decade
  • Coca-Cola Hellas – The Living Danube Partnership — a Public-Private-Civil Society Partnership for Danube wetlands
  • Standard Life Aberdeen – Big Issue Invest partnership
  • Goldman Sachs – Goldman Sachs and The Conservation Fund
  • NatWest Group – The NatWest Group and the National Emergencies Trust

Social Impact Category

  • AeroFarms – AeroFarms x Word Economic Forum x Jersey City: Nation’s First Municipal Vertical Farming Program
  • XAG – Tackling Hunger and Poverty with Climate-Smart Agriculture
  • LafargeHolcim – 14Trees
  • Verizon Communications Inc.- Verizon Innovative Learning: Preparing the Next Generation for the Digital Economy and Closing the Digital Divide
  • Qualcomm – Qualcomm® Wireless Reach™
  • Aviva – The Aviva Community Fund
  • Cloudflare – Project Galileo
  • Closing the Loop – Creating social impact for local communities in Africa
  • McKinsey & Company – Rethinking Recycling: empowering communities to build green, inclusive, and economically viable recycling systems

D&I Leader Category

  • Archer Daniels Midland – ADM’s efforts to attract, develop and retain diverse talent
  • Standard Life Aberdeen plc – Leading diversity and inclusion by design
  • Saitex International – REKUT
  • Cadence – Cadence on Gender Disparity
  • ABN AMRO – Inclusive innovation at ABN AMRO

Business Leader Category

  • Goldman Sachs – Leading Sustainability at Goldman Sachs: John Goldstein, head of the Sustainable Finance Group
  • Nutreco – Business leader: José Villalón
  • Pax World Funds and Impax Asset Management – Joe Keefe
  • First Philippine Holdings – Agnes de Jesus: Chief Sustainability Officer of FPH
  • City Developments Limited – Esther An, City Developments Limited’s (CDL) active sustainability advocate and ubiquitous partnership builder
  • Digicel Group – Denis O’Brien: Creating a World where Nobody gets left Behind
  • Chipotle Mexican Grill – Brian Niccol, Chairman & CEO
  • Walgreens Boots Alliance – Ornella Barra, Global Business Leader – A Force for Good, Co-Chief Operating Officer and Chair of the Company’s Corporate Social Responsibility Committee

Responsible Supply Chain Category

  • Golden Agri-Resources – Traceability to the Plantation (TTP) and Supply Chain Transformation
  • Olam International – AtSource – The Source of Good Food
  • VF Corporation – VF Corporation Responsible Sourcing and Traceability
  • Austral Fisheries – Austral’s Toothfish Turns Traceable Thanks to OpenSC
  • Outland Denim – Outland Denim x Floor and Field

Clean Energy Transition Category

  • InterEnergy – InterEnergy’s Commitment to Clean Energy
  • Octopus Energy – Octopus Energy. Powering a clean energy revolution across the globe
  • Kimberly-Clark – Kimberly-Clark — Clean Energy Transition Via Fuel Switching
  • Energy Vault – Energy Vault GESS – Gravity Energy Storage System
  • T-Mobile – T-Mobile’s Commitment to 100% Clean Renewable Energy by 2021
  • ReNew Power – Spearheading Technology Innovation for Clean Energy Transition

Reporting & Transparency Category

  • Nutreco – 2019 Nutreco Sustainability Report
  • Teck Resources Limited – Better Mining, Better World – Teck 2019 Reporting Suite
  • Vancity – 2019 Annual Report: Supporting members and communities in a changing world
  • TELUS – TELUS – Reporting and Transparency
  • Evonik Industries AG – SUSTAINABILITY REPORT 2019 – Leading Beyond Chemistry
  • Verizon Communications Inc. – Verizon 2019 Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) Report
  • Grove Collaborative – Grove Collaborative Releases Plastic Scorecard, Creating First-Of-Its-Kind Transparency in CPG Industry as a Call-To-Action

Purpose – Driven Communications

  • Walgreens Boots Alliance – Trustworthy Information and Empathetic Care from WBA Pharmacists During COVID-19
  • Chipotle Mexican Grill – Cultivate the Future of Farming
  • Octopus Energy – Portraits from the Precipice, inspiring the fight against climate change through art
  • DBS – DBS Sparks Season 2: Everyday Heroes for a Better World
  • Goldman Sachs – Launch With GS
  • Aviva – The Aviva Community Fund
  • British Telecom – Top Tips on Tech
  • Aflac – Aflac: A Culture of Compassion

The full shortlist can be accessed here

For the past 11 years Responsible Business Awards have served as the benchmark for businesses from across the globe that are looking to showcase real leadership, against their international peers. Over the past two years there has been 32 winning entrants from 18 different countries. And, whilst this year we are unable to recognise the leaders during a prestigious in person Awards gala, we will be celebrating the leaders with our global community, through a 2-day virtual Awards ceremony.

This year’s Awards ceremony offers an exciting opportunity to showcase pioneering work to over 3,000 global business executives, during the 2-day broadcast as well as for another 14 days pre and post ceremony via Awards Showcase Hub.

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