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Excellence in Environmental Responsibility Award 2020


Excellence in Environmental Responsibility Award

040 BQF UK Excellence Awards 2020 - Excellence in Environmental Responsibility Award

There is a duty that organisations have to operate in a way that protects the environment and this is becoming increasingly important to investor stakeholders as well as customers and society.

It means ensuring that actions and lifestyles do not have such a negative impact on the environment. Also, it is the responsible and ethical management of products and processes from the point of view of health, safety and environmental aspects.

Why apply?

This is very much a ‘hot topic’ for organisations today and many are working effectively to make a difference. This new award for 2020 is a great way to recognise those efforts and an opportunity to share your achievements with others who will be keen to learn from a potentially award winning organisation.

Who should apply?

This award welcomes entries from organisations that have developed and implemented strategies and policies which recognise the importance of their responsibility towards the environment. There will be many examples of environmental systems, initiatives and supporting results which clearly demonstrate the seriousness with which this topic is managed.

How to apply?

Entry is simple – by completion of an online application form and submission of supporting evidence.

Application Criteria

The judges will be looking for excellent examples which demonstrate a positive and long term impact on the environment and can show the seriousness that this topic is considered within the organisation. There will be the involvement of relevant stakeholders in the approaches used and there should be supporting results which can evidence the achievements.


PLEASE NOTE: Gold and Gold Plus members are entitled to 1 free entry to either Excellence in Awards or the Lean Six Sigma Academy Award. Silver members are entitled to a half price entry to either Excellence in Awards or the Lean Six Sigma Academy Award.

£300 + VAT

per entry

£500 + VAT

per entry

£150 + VAT

per entry

Dates for your diary

Entries close

7 February 2020

Judging begins

February 2020

Shortlist will be announced

23 March 2020

Ceremony night

Autumn 2020 – date to be confirmed

Award Judges

Mathew Jane

Head of Environment and Building Services at University of Winchester

Mathew Jane

“I am responsible for the University of Winchester environmental and sustainability programmes and have been working in the sector for over 20 years. I manage the University Environment team, energy contracts, energy efficiency programmes, carbon reduction programme, waste management, fleet, travel and transport and the reactive and planned maintenance of the University estate.

The University previously won this category and we would find it very useful to see what great work other organisations are doing.

Lee Michael Pitcher

Head of Partnerships at Yorkshire Water

Lee Pitcher

“I am Yorkshire Water’s Head of Partnerships and also the General Manager for the United Nation’s recognised Living with Water project.

A project that won the first ever BQF Excellence in Collaboration Award.

With twenty years of working in the environmental sphere of the utilities industry, I have been a member of the Senior Leadership Team at Yorkshire Water for several years having started my career on the front line.

Having held roles in Asset Management, Customer Service and Operations, my career has involved the delivery of huge civil engineering to improve bathing water’s for generations to come as well as environmental improvements to many miles of rivers in Yorkshire.

I have also devoted much of my career to reducing flood risk across Yorkshire and is currently at the forefront of innovative thinking in the industry as his partnership team looks to create a blue / green city.

Who wouldn’t jump at the chance to be involved with one of the most prestigious awards around!  I can’t wait to hear about the amazing work out there that is leading the way…”

Awards FAQs

Can I nominate more than one person for this award?

Yes, you can enter as many individuals as you like for this Leadership Award.

Can I nominate myself for this award?

Individuals cannot apply themselves but should be nominated by a reporting line manager/Head of/Director or previous employer.  The nomination should be endorsed by an additional peer, stakeholder or client.

When is entry deadline?

Entry deadlines for the Innovation, Lean Six Sigma and Leadership awards are all on the 31st of October.

Awards Ceremony

The 2020 awards ceremony is taking place at 8 Northumberland Avenue in the city of London.

2019 Winners

Find out more about the 2019 winners from the UK Excellence Awards ceremony.