Award Categories

Awards Decision Tree 2015

Circular Economy Award

Circular Economy Award

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:

  • Circular product design and innovation
  • Product re-use, repair and remanufacturing
  • Innovative business models
  • Materials substitution
  • Effective supply chain and cross-sectoral collaboration
  • Re-use of waste, heat and energy.

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. 

Co-operation Award

Co-operation Award

The Co-operation Award is for businesses working in partnership with another company or organisations in the public, private or voluntary sector for environmental and financial gain.  Please note that the application must come from a business.

The Co-operation Award recognises organisations with the strategic vision to recognise that working in partnership can improve its overall contribution to sustainable development. The business co-operation should be effectively planned and adequately resourced to achieve its stated goals; these might include;

  • Transfer or sharing of knowledge or technology or a management system;
  • Environmental protection or enhancement
  • Improving product or service delivery
  • Community development
  • Improving working conditions.
Environmental Product or Service Award

Environmental Product or Service Award

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.

Hydro Nation Award

Hydro Nation Award

The Hydro Nation Award recognises businesses who have proven expertise in maximising the environmental, social and economic benefit of water resources in Scotland and/or internationally.

This category is aimed at businesses operating in Scotland that can demonstrate how their products or services bring about environmental, social and business benefits in or out with Scotland.

The environmental, economic, social/ethical aspects of sustainability must be clearly integrated into the organisation’s overall mission and its policies. There must be a clear objective to reduce the environmental impacts of the organisation’s activities, together with targets and indicators for monitoring and reporting performance. The organisation must also have mechanisms in place for addressing issues of wider corporate social responsibility, such as community involvement, employee rights and supply chain impacts – this may include an element of international development. 

Management Award

Management Award

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.

A business with a successful application will be able to demonstrate management systems that:

  • Have improved environmental performance through resource efficiency, staff and supply chain engagement etc.
  • Have achieved associated economic and social benefits, such as providing local employment opportunities, engagement with local schools, colleges, charities etc.

The environmental, economic, social and ethical aspects of sustainability must be clearly integrated into the organisation’s overall mission and all of its policies. There must be evidence of targets and indicators for monitoring and reporting performance. The organisation must also have mechanisms in place for addressing issues of wider corporate social responsibility, such as community involvement, employee rights and supply chain impacts.

Applicants for this award are placed in categories according to the size of the parent company. There are two awards:

  • Small and Medium-sized Enterprise (SME): < 250 employees
  • Large: > 250 employees.
Micro Business Award

Micro Business Award

An additional award for the best entry to any category from a company with less than 10 employees.

Transport Award

Transport Award

The Transport award recognises businesses that have achieved a significant, measurable reduction in their environmental impact through the introduction of sustainable transport practices.

This could include all types of businesses that use vehicles in their day to day operations. The organisation should be able to demonstrate a reduction in transport-related fuel consumption and consequent CO2 emissions. This could be through:

  • Introducing a fuel efficient driving programme,
  • Purchasing electric or fuel efficient vehicles,
  • Fitting vehicles with telematics,
  • Setting up a cycle to work scheme,
  • Encouraging walking and public transport, installing technology that reduces the need to travel, such as conference call systems.
  • Any other initiatives that have been implemented to reduce your transport impact on the environment.

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