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“It was a wonderful opportunity to meet people from companies of all shapes and sizes, from inspiring new start-ups to long established and respected local brands to internationally recognized household names. The presentations brought to life some amazing stories of triumph and teamwork to overcome challenges and embrace opportunities.”

Susie Isaacson, British Centres for Business


The Gulf Sustainability Awards is returning in 2021 for a LIVE contest and ceremony in Dubai, the home of sustainability innovation in the GCC region.

This incredible annual celebration of conscientious business practice rewards those organisations who are leading the way in Environmental, Social, and Corporate Governance (ESG) for others to follow.

The Gulf Sustainability Awards 2021 is brought to you by Awards International, the global Dream Team behind industry awards programmes that are inspiring real change in various sectors and promoting best practice.

This new-look event is set to improve on our previous four years with brand new categories reflecting the shifting priorities for firms which face up to their corporate social responsibilities with a commitment to excellence.

Winners 2021

“What a fabulous experience this was, with so many professionals in one place. Well done to the judges who gave up their time - the effort and passion in those presentations was outstanding”

Emma Sutton, Oracle

Awards Finals

The Gulf Sustainability Awards 2021 will be an in-person event hosted in Dubai by Awards International.

Having pioneered the LIVE Online awards experience during the Covid-19 pandemic, holding a record-breaking eight online finals in 2020, Awards International is returning to live events in the UAE this year with the Gulf Sustainability Awards.

Finalists will present their initiatives live before a panel of judges in the morning on finals day, before guests gather in the afternoon for a gala ceremony in which category winners will be revealed, and 2021’s Overall Winner announced.

Winners 2021

“The entire process is very transparent and unbiased to give equal opportunity to all organisations to participate and win purely on the basis of merit. I wish to be involved in each edition as a judge, and I’m looking forward to evaluating strong entries again!”

Brijesh Dhruve, Chief Environment Officer, Emirates National Oil Company (ENOC) LLC


the foundation of the fairest sustainability awards in the Gulf

  • At least four judges per category
  • Each entry scored at least 10 times
  • Entries examined by independent judges for more than 7 hours

This is the fairest and most rigorously judged awards event for sustainable and ethical business practices anywhere in the Middle East.

Your written entry will be scrutinised by a panel of independent judges upon submission.

These ESG innovators are the CEOs, business founders, consultants, and eco experts who set the standard for sustainability throughout MENA countries and beyond.

If your written entry is successfully shortlisted, your team will present LIVE Online before the judging panel, before the final scores are calculated and category winners determined.

The Gulf Sustainability Awards is a proud holder of the highest honour available from the Independent Awards Standards Council - the Gold Trust Mark.

Winners 2021

“The Gulf Sustainability and CSR Awards doesn’t just recognise and reward best practices; it pushes organisations to learn through its unique process.”

Mohammed Jebreel, Senior Sustainability and Social Investment Advisor, Sustainable Square

What’s new for 2021?

  A newly established Gulf Sustainability Awards Advisory Board featuring established sector professionals.

  Updated networking software, AwardsManager 3, will allow for a more streamlined experience for finalists, judges, and guests to meet, chat, and make new business connections.

  New categories reflecting the evolving state of sustainability and innovations within the sector.

  New awards partner organisations coming on board to bring new insight into sustainability and ESG excellence.

“The key USP of the Awards is that the judging process is totally anonymous and fair. The dual submission (online and presentation) is an excellent approach and a benchmark to be followed by other awards.”

Maheshkumar Mathilakath (Mahesh), Head of Branch Network & Distribution Strategy, Commercial Bank of Dubai

The Judging Experience

Research from Kantar shows that 100% of Awards International judges report a positive experience, and we are currently seeking business men and women with a keen eye for excellence in ESG to join our 2021 judging panel.

This is an unparalleled opportunity for those passionate about corporate responsibility and eco-advancements to establish themselves as sustainability thought leaders, while also enjoying the raft of benefits offered to our judges.

This includes the opportunity to join The Judge Club, Awards International’s exclusive global network of business pathfinders committed to shaping the future of industry awards recognition.

Do you have what it takes to join the judging panel for 2021?

Apply To Judge