GSBA Winners Announced
What makes the GSB awards unique is that they not only celebrate and honour those companies that are taking serious steps to address social, environmental and economic challenges but also provide details online of how they achieved success.
One of the key components of the GSBA judging process is ensuring that projects are replicable. This is because of our belief that vision is not just about finding a way to bridge an abyss but also about illuminating the path so others can follow.
The second year of the GSB awards drew even more entries, which were judged by an influential line-up of sustainability experts, including leaders from Greenpeace, Oxfam, the Climate Change Committee and Business in the Community.
The awards ceremony at the Guardian's headquarters included the presentation of the Sustainable Business Leader of the Year award to Ian Cheshire, the CEO of Kingfisher, the parent company of DIY retailer, B&Q. Nearly 2,500 people took part in the public vote.
Guardian Sustainable Business also created an Outstanding Achievement award which recognised the work of Ray Anderson, the sustainability pioneer at Interface, who sadly passed away in 2011.
This year there were 12 categories for the awards ranging from built environment and energy, to social impact and innovation:
Biodiversity sponsored by Friends of the Earth
Winner: PUMA, The PUMA Environmental Profit and Loss Account (E P&L)
Runner up: Fauna & Flora International, The Natural Value Initiative
Built Environment sponsored by AECOM
Winner: Igloo Regeneration, Porth Teigr
Runners up: Marks & Spencer, Marks & Spencer — Ecclesall Road store
Prologis UK, SusCon
Carbon sponsored by the Carbon Trust
Winner: Sainsbury's Supermarkets, Sainsbury's Carbon Footprint Initiative
Runners up: Danone, Carbon mobilisation : -30%
Coca-Cola Enterprises, Towards a low-carbon business collaboration sponsored by Unicef
Winner: SABMiller plc, Water Futures Partnership
Runners up: BAFTA, Albert - sustainable production
Shell Foundation, EMBARQ: an enterprise-based solution to sustainable urban mobility in developing world megacities
Transport for London, Strategic Labour Needs and Training
Communicating Sustainability sponsored by Getty Images
Winner: The Co-operative Group, Join the Revolution
Runners up: Recyclebank, Recyclebank and Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead
Tata Global Beverages, Tetley's farmers first hand
Energy sponsored by Kyocera Document Solutions
Winner: Sainsbury's Supermarkets, the world's first smart grid ready supermarket
Runners up: British Land, Advanced metering and energy optimisation roll out
Marks & Spencer, M&S energy management strategy
Engaging Employees sponsored by Viridien
Winner: Brother Industries (UK) Ltd, Adaptable workforce = Sustainability
Runners up: Telefónica UK, Think Big - World Record Breaking
Aegis Group plc, GlobalGivingTIME
Innovation sponsored by Vestergaard Frandsen
Winner: Interface, Go Beyond
Runners up: ClimateCare, Enabling carbon finance for clean water in the developing world
Vestas Wind Systems, A/S energy transparency
Social Impact sponsored by Anglian Water
Winner: Carillion, The Library of Birmingham Project
Runners up: Groundwork Pennine Lancashire, Transforming charities through corporate involvement
Triodos Bank, Triodos Bank
Joint winners: Marks and Spencer, M&S Plan A: Transforming Supply Chains
Runner up: Skanska UK, Procuring the future
Waste and Recycling
Winner: DESSO, Cradle to Cradle design strategy 2020
Runners up: BAM Nuttall, Beyond zero – recycling
Coca-Cola Enterprises, Transforming recycling in Great Britain
Winner: SABMiller plc, Making More Beer Using Less Water
Runners up: Coca-Cola Enterprises, Establishing a water sustainable operation
Albstadtwerke / Gutermann, Zonescan alpha fixed water network monitoring
Ray Anderson, founder, Interface
Sustainable Business Leader of the Year
Ian Cheshire, CEO, Kingfisher
Overall winner 2012
PUMA, The PUMA Environmental Profit and Loss Account (E P&L)
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