Sustainability Leaders Awards 2021: Winners revealed at glittering virtual ceremony
Willmott Dixon, the Midcounties Co-operative and Virgin Media were among the big winners of edie's 2021 Sustainability Leaders Awards, announced at a fun-packed virtual awards ceremony on Wednesday afternoon (3 February).
The very best of sustainable business connected from the comfort of their homes for edie’s 2021 Sustainability Leaders Awards, which celebrate the individuals and organisations that are making sustainability 'Mission Possible', despite grappling with the worst impacts of the coronavirus pandemic.
Co-hosted by edie's content director Luke Nicholls and renowned comedian Rachel Parris, the event marked edie's first virtual ceremony in the 14-year history of the awards scheme.
A record-breaking year of entries saw 189 finalists shortlisted across 25 categories, with some of the evening’s standout individual winners including Willmott Dixon's chief sustainability officer Julia Barrett – who was crowned the Sustainability Leader of the Year – and Bakkafrost’s chief executive Regin Jacobsen – who scooped the Business Leader of the Year accolade. Meanwhile, Costain Group's carbon manager Lara Young was named the Energy and Carbon Leader of the Year.
In the business categories, The Midcounties Co-operative was the only firm to take home two awards on the day – including the coveted Business of the Year award – while Virgin Media won the highly-entered Team of the Year award. Elsewhere, Nottingham City Council won the newly created award for the Green Recovery Initiative of the Year.
And, in a surprise announcement on the day, Dame Polly Courtice, Director of the University of Cambridge Institute of Sustainability Leadership, was revealed as the recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award, joining the likes of Paula Polman and Jonathon Porritt in receiving the prestigious award for her services. You can view Dame Courtice's acceptance speech in full, here.
Sustainability Leaders Awards 2021 - The winners
(In the order they were announced during the virtual ceremony)
Lifetime Achievement Award
Building/Infrastructure Project of the Year
Consumer Engagement/Marketing Campaign of the Year
Zero Waste Scotland - Trial Period
Employee Engagement and Behaviour Change Initiative of the Year
CBRE All Greens
Energy Management Project of the Year
British Land Energy Efficiency Programme
Net-Zero Carbon Strategy of the Year
LafargeHolcim Net Zero Climate Pledge
Social Sustainability & Community Development
The Midcounties Co-operative
(Highly commended): The PepsiCo Foundation
Supply Chain Excellence
Sustainability Reporting & Communications
Nestlé Cocoa Plan - Tackling Child Labour
Transport/Fleet Management Initiative of the Year
DPD's 25-25-25 vision
Waste and Resource Management Project of the Year
Barchester Healthcare and Demeter Water Solutions
Product Innovation of the Year
Plastic Reduction and Innovation
Circular Economy Innovation of the Year
Consultancy of the Year
Green Recovery Initiative of the Year
Nottingham City Council - Tackling Fuel Poverty to facilitate a green COVID-19 recovery
Investor of the Year
Small Business of the Year
Rising Sustainability Star
Jonathan Ayton, Willmott Dixon
Team of the Year
Energy and Carbon Leader of the Year
Lara Young, Costain Group
Sustainability Leader of the Year
Julia Barrett, Willmott Dixon
Business Leader of the Year
Regin Jacobsen, Bakkafrost
Business of the Year
The Midcounties Co-operative
Congratulations to all of this year's winners!