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Excellence In Sustainability and Society Award 2019

Excellence In Sustainability and Society Award

Excellence-In-Sustainability-and-Society Award 2019

This award recognises excellent organisations that have had a positive impact on the world around them by improving and advancing the economic, environmental and social conditions within the communities they impact or interact with.

Why apply?

This award is an opportunity to showcase the innovative and positive impact your organisation has made on ‘People, Planet and Profit’.

How to apply?

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


Application Criteria

Judges will be looking for:

  • An ‘exemplar’ approach to sustainability and society that is innovative.
  • Evidence of tangible objectives, targets and intended outcomes.
  • An impact that is long term rather than short lived.
  • An approach that demonstrates stakeholder (employees, suppliers, clients, society etc.) involvement in the development and deployment of the initiative.

£300 + VAT

per entry

£500 + VAT

per entry

£150 + VAT

per entry

Dates for your diary

Entries close

December 2018

Judging begins

January 2019

Shortlist will be announced

February 2019

Ceremony night

16 May 2019

2018 Award Winner

Phoenix Futures worked with an award winning TV Production Company and the BBC to produce a ground breaking two part documentary that shows life inside the country’s only rehab where mums, dads and children stay together. The documentary follows the parents through detox and an intensive therapeutic programme. Furthermore, the director and camerawoman were embedded within the service for 12 months capturing a unique view of the recovery process in depth. Phoenix Futures clearly demonstrated its passion and enthusiasm for the ‘Addicted Parents documentary’ project and the jury praised it as highly commendable work.

Award Judges

Lee Pitcher

Head of Resilience at Yorkshire Water

Lee Pitcher

“I am currently Yorkshire Water’s Head of Resilience and recently appointed as the “Living with Water” Board’s General Manager to turn Hull into an exemplar resilient City in Yorkshire.

This partnership has already seen global success with Hull being the only European City and one of five Worldwide to win a Rockefeller Foundation bid  to pioneer the City Water Resilience Framework with partners including the World Bank, ARUP and Stockholm Water Institute.

In March 2018, SafeMove, a business for which I was Departmental Head, picked up the BQF’s Excellence Award for best SME in the UK.

With almost 20 years in the Utility Industry, I have held roles in Customer Service, Asset and Operational Management. I have also led organisational design and successfully created and delivered strategy.”

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“A former Guinness Book of World Record holder and fluent Russian speaker, I recently presented at the World Water Congress in Tokyo.

I have seen first-hand how the BQF model has allowed my business to grow and prosper to become the leading SME in the UK.  It’s always a privilege to be able to hear about the great work and success of organisations and their people.”

Claire Lorrain

Head of Continuous Improvement at the University of Winchester

Claire Lorrain

“My current role is Head of Continuous Improvement at the University of Winchester. Day to day, I run the Continuous Improvement Unit, which opened in January 2014 with the aim of embedding continuous improvement within the organisation.

I have been an European Excellence Model Assessor since 2009 and have successfully driven the embedding of the EFQM business model within the University, since 2009, resulting in the University achieving the accolade of the British Quality Foundation (BQF) UK Excellence Award Winners and also winning the Sustainability BQF award (October 2016). I am a certified Lean Six sigma Green Belt and hold the LCS 2B Qualification (accredited by Cardiff University) equivalent to a Lean Black Belt.

A key part of my role is project managing Lean projects/cost saving initiatives across the organization and external consultancy.  The University is accredited to deliver Lean training for staff, students and external clients to deliver change management techniques.”

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“Sustainability is increasingly looking at many issues beyond the classic environment and climate change, towards fulfilling the SDG’s. Business is also being asked to take on a bigger role in helping solve many societal issues that are people related, including ageing workforces, in-equality, social mobility, poverty, slavery in supply-chains etc. With my work on the intersection of Sustainability and Longevity I thought helping with the judging of the BQF’s Sustainability Awards would be a great learning experience and hopefully useful for all parties.”

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 2019 awards ceremony is taking place at The Royal Lancaster Hotel, London – Hyde Park’s proud mid-century architectural icon.

2018 Winners

Find out more about the 2018 winners, sponsors and host, Jake Humphrey.