edie’s Sustainability Leaders Awards 2020: Deadline extended to Friday 4 October

The entry deadline is now Friday 4 October

As sustainability and climate mitigation become evermore business-critical issues, edie’s 2020 Sustainability Leaders Awards offer individuals and organisations a golden opportunity to be recognised and rewarded for the progress they’re making to achieve a sustainable future.

The 2020 Sustainability Leaders are now OPEN for entries. The entry deadline has been extended to Friday 4 October 2019. The Awards will then take place on the night of 5 February 2020 at the Park Plaza London, Westminster. 


“I’m incredibly proud of this event,” said edie’s content director Luke Nicholls. “As the UK’s largest and most prestigious sustainability awards scheme, we want to recognise and celebrate the people, projects and pioneering organisations who are together transforming business, for good. 

“With some exciting new categories, new judges and the introduction of some ‘premier awards’, we really can’t wait to see this year’s entries begin to pour in, and to ultimately celebrate our new Sustainability Leaders for 2020.”

Now in their 13th year, the Sustainability Leaders Awards recognise and reward changemakers within business; from the best efficiency programmes through to product innovations, from stakeholder engagement and social sustainability schemes through to the individual energy and sustainability leaders who are making change happen. The full list of last year’s Award-winners can be viewed here.

Last year’s Awards broke all records in terms of entries and on-the-night attendees. The night saw renowned sustainability leader Paul Polman take to the stage to receive the Lifetime Achievement Award and deliver an insightful and inspiring speech to more than 600 business leaders and sustainability and energy professionals.

Categories & judges

The 2020 Sustainability Leaders Awards are open to organisations of all sizes from across the public and private sectors – from the largest multi-nationals to the smallest micro-organisations. As long as the initiative, project, product or strategy shows commitment, credibility and concrete results, we want to hear about it.

New awards categories for 2020 are the SME of the Year, recognising the groundbreaking work undertaken by smaller businesses to achieve a sustainable future, and the Investor of the Year, reflecting the emergence of green finance and its transformational impact in accelerating climate action.

Full list of 2020 categories: 

  • Building/Infrastructure Project of the Year
  • Carbon Reduction Project of the Year
  • Consumer Engagement/Marketing Campaign of the Year
  • Employee Engagement & Behaviour Change Initiative of the Year
  • Energy Efficiency Project of the Year
  • Social Sustainability & Community Development
  • Supply Chain Excellence
  • Sustainability Reporting & Communications
  • Transport/Fleet Management Initiative of the Year
  • Waste & Resource Management Project of the Year
  • Water Management

Innovation and Industry Leadership

  • Product Innovation of the Year
  • Circular Economy Innovation of the Year
  • Consultancy of the Year
  • Investor of the Year (NEW FOR 2020)
  • SME of the Year (NEW FOR 2020)

The Changemakers

  • Rising Sustainability Star
  • Team of the Year
  • Energy Management Leader of the Year
  • Sustainability Leader of the Year
  • Business of the Year

With the number of entries rising each year, a fresh wave of industry experts will join our esteemed judging panel for 2020 in order to ensure complete rigour in determining our winners. 

Experts from Global Action Plan, Business in the Community and the Carbon Trust are among the judges for the Awards, which recognises excellence across the spectrum of sustainable business. Read the full list here.

Get the recognition that you and your teams deserve and tell us what makes you a sustainable business leader. ENTER THE 2020 SUSTAINABILITY LEADERS AWARDS HERE. Good luck! 

Sustainability Leaders Forum 2020

edie’s annual Awards will once again coincide with our flagship, two-day conference and exhibition – the Sustainability Leaders Forum – which will take place on 4-5 February 2020 at the Business Design Centre in London.

Conference and exhibition by day; prestigious awards by night – combined, these two established events offer a unique opportunity to bring together the most forward-thinking businesses and ambitious business professionals looking to move beyond environmental objectives; deliver transformational change in society and create more value within their organisation.

— Find out more about the Sustainability Leaders Forum here —

edie staff

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