National CSR Awards expands categories for 2016
With only 58 days to go before entries open for next year’s National CSR Awards (NCSRA), its organisers have announced new and expanded categories.
With the introduction of three international awards - Best International Sustainable Community Project, Best International Conservation Project and Global Sustainable Transport – all 24 award categories* look to address the key business issues that are essential to creating a more sustainable future.
Karen Sutton, chief executive, NCSRA, explained the rationale behind the revamp of the award categories: “We wanted to ensure that the awards are an accurate reflection of where business is making progress in all aspects of CSR and sustainability and the revised categories do just that.
"For example, we’ve changed 2015’s Carbon Offsetting to Carbon Neutral because the days when social responsibility could be treated as an add-on to business-as-usual are gone. Companies cannot simply give money to compensate for unsustainable practice.”
Companies of all sizes are urged to enter. “Whether you have 10 employees or 10,000, the awards are looking to reward and recognize business excellence and innovation in CSR and sustainability. All entries have an equal chance of winning,” added Sutton.
Entries open on 4 January 2016 but early registration of interest is encouraged.
To register your interest and to learn more about the Awards, click here.
*The 24 categories for 2016 are:
Overall Excellence in Social Responsibility
Best Newcomer to CSR
Best Community Project
Best Community Development
Best Partnership in the Community
Best International Sustainable Community Project
Best International Conservation Project
Best Educational Project (multiple awards for Equality, STEM and Apprenticeships)
Innovation for Workplace Practices
100% Green – Carbon Neutral
Clean Energy Project
Community Energy Project
Built Environment (multiple awards for domestic and commercial)
Green Supply Chain (multiple awards for large and SME)
Nutritional & Health Awareness Initiative
Outstanding Individual Corporate Leadership
Outstanding Individual Community Hero (Nomination award – FREE)
Construction Waste Neutral
Best SME – Charity Support (under 50 staff)
Global Sustainable Transport