CSR and Sustainability Awards to Apply for in 2019

Posted on the 5th April 2019

Awards – not just a nice to have.

Applying for, and ultimately winning awards, is a great way to get a sense of gratification whilst improving the credibility and success of your organisation’s endeavours. But, it can be difficult to identify which are worth investing in, and which award will get you the best ROI in the long run.

There are a host of CSR awards to enter, so to help you filter down your selection, we’ve picked out our top 5, so that you don’t have to. In no particular order…

1) Lloyds Banking National Business Awards 2019

Event Date: 12/11/2019
Cost: Early Bird/Standard – £195/£295 + VAT
Application Deadline: 
Early bird – 26/04 / Standard – 07/06
Grosvenor House Hotel, London
Number of categories:

The Lloyds Banking National Business Awards isn’t just focused on CSR and Social Value, with 15 awards celebrating achievements from UK headquartered business across a variety of categories. Within this range there is the “Lloyds Bank Positive Social Impact Award” which recognises “those organisations that have achieved a meaningful and sustainable social impact through partnership, investment, pro-bono work, or through employee-led initiatives.” Taking part in this award gives organisations a chance  showcase your CSR initiatives within a larger context and raise your organisations profile in front of an audience of media, politicians and potential investors.

All entrants, regardless of their success, receive bespoke, high-quality feedback on their application, which is benchmarked against other organisations. So, even if you do not win, consider your money well spent on consultancy work.

Read more, and apply here.

2) People Environment Achievement (P.E.A) Awards 2019

Event Date: Oct/Nov 2019 TBC
Cost: Free – all you need to do is get nominated
Application Deadline: 31/08/2019
Location: Exclusive London Venue (TBC)
Number of categories: 10

The PEA Awards are environmentally focused and provide a great opportunity for people to nominate and recognise individuals, teams or businesses who are making a difference with green initiatives.

Instead of paying to apply, entrants are nominated, although it is also possible to self-nominate,

This event is attractive for organisations who:

  1. May not have the surplus budget to apply for awards
  2. Make a big difference that may go unnoticed

Individuals, organisations and specific projects or initiatives  can be nominated against 10 unique categories, including green business ideas, the travel sector, innovators in energy and production, alongside 5 other categories. Smaller businesses can benefit, as the entry process simply requires 500 words to describe your efforts and their outcomes.

See the full list of categories on their website here.

3) The Global Good Awards 2019

Event Date: 12/06/2019
Cost: £240 + VAT
Application Deadline: Passed
Location: BMA House, Tavistock Square, London 
Number of categories: N/A

This is a different kind of award ceremony. In essence, the Global Good Awards is an award/conference hybrid which celebrates the achievements of those shortlisted, but also strives to make sure everyone involved gets something out of it.

The event organisers stress the importance of sharing best practice and collectively improving the standard of social responsibility. So, whilst the application deadline may have passed for this year, it is still worthwhile considering attending this event as a guest and making a note to get involved next year.

What’s more, The Global Good Awards goes above and beyond in terms of practising what they preach. From having a completely vegan menu – including wines and beers – to producing all event material on 100% recycled paper – The Global Good Awards personify authenticity.

Definitely one worth checking out here.

4) Ethical Corp’s Responsible Business Awards 2019

Event Date: 02/10/2019
Cost: £399
Application Deadline: 03/06/2019
Location: 8 Northumberland Avenue Hotel, London
Number of categories: 15

The Ethical Corporation’s Responsible Business Award comes together for the 10th consecutive year at a time of change for business. This award ceremony is self-aware about the shifts in consumer expectations and aims to inspire businesses to lead the way in social responsibility. Judges will be looking for companies that are committed to embracing these developments, finding innovative ways to do it, and recognising technologies that drive these changes forward.

The progressiveness of the awards echoes the organisation’s promotion of innovation due to the introduction of 5 new categories, including the ‘SDG impact’ award – which seeks out projects that are evidently aligned with the 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals.

You can learn more here.

5) The Queen’s Award for Enterprise

Event Date: TBC – Expected 2020
Application Deadline: 
Not confirmed but 2019
Number of categories:

The full details of this award haven’t been released yet, however this award is definitely one to have in your calendar and keep an eye out for. What we do know is that the opportunity to apply for The Queen’s Award for Enterprise is to open in ‘Spring 2019’ in preparation for the ceremony in 2020.

We anticipate that competition for this award will be extremely fierce, understandably too. Winners are invited to a Royal reception, are able to fly the Queen’s Award flag at their office and use the emblem on all marketing material. What’s more, the award is recognised for five years – meaning you should consider applying for this award on special occasions.

Read more about it here.

You should also check out this list of the top CSR events to attend in 2019!

About the Author:

Lee Smorthit

Marketing and Social Value Executive

Following the completion of his MSc in Digital Marketing Communications, Lee joined the Impact team in 2018 to set a marketing direction for the company, and to apply his research capabilities to further develop the Impact tool, ensuring that our software as a service (SaaS) is client-friendly and accessible.

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