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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.”

Anita Hoffmann

Managing Director at Executiva Ltd and Cranfield University School of Management Doughty Centre for Corporate Responsibility

Anita Hoffmann - headshot

“I am Managing Director of Executiva Ltd, an executive coaching and search firm, Visiting Fellow at Cranfield University’s Doughty Centre for Corporate Responsibility and I am a published author.

I work on the intersection of Sustainability and Longevity and advise executives on how they can use their experience and positions to help solve societal issues and create meaningful work throughout their potentially 60 year long working lives and careers.

In April 2018 Routledge published her book ‘Purpose & Impact: How Executives are Creating Meaningful Second Careers’, the companion book for individuals to her 2016 organisational paper for Cranfield.

I have senior executive experience in blue-chip industry (Exxon Chemicals, Dow Corning, ABB), management consulting (Accenture, Deloitte) and executive search (Heidrick & Struggles). I am certified coach, a member of the British Psychological Society and a Fellow of the RSA.”

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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.