Who can apply?:
All categories with the exception of the Green Team award are open to any* Scottish based business or social enterprise that contribute to the sustainable development of Scotland.
The Green Team Award is open to all public and private sector organisations including charities.
*Current partners and sponsors of the VIBES Awards are not eligible to enter.
There are nine categories:
There is also a special commendation for adaptation to climate change as part of all categories.
The application process is split into three stages:
- Stage 1: application form is a one page summary designed to draw out information particular to each award category and to enable the judging panel to assess your application. Please find application forms per category below.
- Stage 2: Applications scoring highest in stage 1 will be shortlisted and invited to provide further information in stage 2 of the process.
- Stage 3: Applications scoring highest in stage 2 will be selected as finalists and will receive a judging site visit
Applications open on 13th March and close at 5pm on 27th April. For more information have a look at our key dates.
The Innovation Award recognises businesses, partnerships, collaborations or individuals within a business that have developed, innovative technologies, products, practices or services that bring environmental and business benefits. This category highlights the ability of businesses to promote sustainable consumption, reduce environmental impacts and create new business opportunities
The innovation could be a novel way of, for example, product design; change of a process to re-use waste, heat, energy, water; product re-use, repair and remanufacture; innovative business models; effective supply chain and cross-sectoral collaboration to reduce waste and/or use of raw materials. It may also include a collaborative approach with other organisations or within your own organisation.
The technology can be, but does not have to be, new or high tech. The application can utilise an existing technology and /or modification of an existing technology for a new product or service. Entrants’ product may have already been developed and in the marketplace, or it may still be in the development stage.
The Management Award recognises businesses with the strategic vision and management systems that enable them to continuously improve their contribution to Scotland’s sustainable development. This award is for the holistic management of sustainability within a business across all functions.
A business with a successful application will be able to demonstrate management systems that:
There are two awards:
In addition to the management award there is an opportunity for a commendation award for adaptation to climate change within this category.
The Environmental Product or Service Award recognises businesses that have developed, or are developing, a product or service that brings environmental and business benefits. This category highlights the ability of products and services to promote sustainable consumption, reduce environmental impacts and create new business opportunities.
Entrants should have considered the entire environmental lifecycle of their product or service, i.e. material extraction, production, distribution, use and disposal.
The product or service may be a new or modified design, or the innovative application of an existing one, that promotes more sustainable patterns of production and consumption. Entrants’ product or service may have already been developed and in the marketplace, or it may still be in the development stage.
The Circular Economy Award recognises businesses that can demonstrate a circular approach to material use and business function.
This category is aimed at businesses that can demonstrate how their product or services address the principles of the Circular Economy, which should include one or more of the following elements:
A Circular Economy approach ensures that materials are retained within productive use, in a high value state, for as long as possible. It focuses on reshaping business and economic systems so that waste is ‘designed out’ of how we live.
The Sustainable and Active Travel Award recognises businesses that have provided a significant reduction in their environmental impact from the introduction of active travel and sustainable transport activities. This could be through;
The Green Team Award rewards teams that have recognised the importance of working as a team to deliver environmental improvements. A green team can be within an organisation or between organisations.
This award can apply to organisations (public and private sector) or collaboration between different organisations to achieve efficiencies.
Benefits that a green team can offer can include:
The Hydro Nation Water Innovation Award recognises businesses, partnerships and collaborations that have specifically developed innovative products, practices or services in the area of water treatment and water technology.
The innovation could be a novel way of, for example,
Technology encompasses both hardware and soft approaches (e.g. processes), and does not have to be, new or high tech. The application can utilise an existing technology and /or modification of an existing technology for a new product or service but there should be gains in either efficiency or outcomes compared to the conventional technology that would be replaced. Entrants’ product(s) may have already been developed and in the marketplace, or may still be in the development stage.
An additional award for the best entry to any category from a company with less than 10 employees.