Awards Categories

The Gulf Sustainability and CSR Awards


provide recognition for companies and individuals implementing outstanding CSR and Sustainability initiatives across the region.

Decide if you are going to make a Sustainability or CSR specific entry based on the category titles below.

Each category has been meticulously developed to consider the key issues in Sustainability and CSR.

To give you an idea about what topics will be presented at the Finals on the 20th of February 2018, please see the PDF document below, which includes a single-page list all categories and brief descriptive information.

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Clean Technology - Clean technology describes products or services that improve operational performance, productivity, or efficiency while reducing costs, inputs, energy consumption, waste, or pollution.

Environmental Sustainability Programmes - Initiatives that focus on protecting and preserving the environment and can address pressing issues like: prevention of pollution; sustainable use of resources; green procurement and supply chain; management of environmental footprint; and protection of the environment and biodiversity.

Innovation in Sustainable Technologies - An organisation or individual developing and/or applying latest technology that goes beyond current best practice to achieve environmental benefits to improve business sustainability (e.g. energy or water savings, waste reduction, or reduced environmental impact) and resource recovery alternatives to landfill.

Waste Management - Companies/individuals who practices good waste management, applies innovative approaches to reduce waste.

Water Treatment and Management - Companies/individuals who practices good water management, applies innovative approaches to reduce water use, or organises water-centric programmes for the community.

Green Building - The design and construction practice of increasing the efficiency of buildings and their use of energy, water, and materials, and reducing building impacts on human health and the environment.

Best Sustainability Education Programme - Initiatives that promote the education of sustainability through training of employees, community and other stakeholders on the topic.

Sustainability Awareness Programme - Public or Private sector companies that have launched an initiative/project to adopt a new sustainable way of doing business and/or raise awareness of the importance of sustainability across the broader community.

Sustainable Business Models - Recognising the business or organisation that has embedded environmental, social and financial sustainability in its business model, having identified the resource risks in its supply chain and made the changes needed to guarantee operational resilience.

Government Sustainability Initiative - Initiatives which have resulted in a shift in the culture to become more sustainable. This could involve the engagement of employees, private sector and/or the general public.

Sustainability Professional - The work of a sustainability professional who employs a range of competences to drive forward the sustainability agenda by securing tangible improvements.

Sustainability Team of the Year - Team which has been involved in a successful initiative related to sustainability.

Best Community Development - Demonstrate the development and progression of the local community. These initiatives can include: Youth engagement, Disability focused, Social entrepreneurship, Poverty alleviation, Gender diversity, Cultural programmes.

Learning and Education Programmes - Initiatives that promote education through skills training of employees, community and other stakeholders. These initiatives can address: access to quality education; development of higher level of skills and capabilities; education; illiteracy; women inclusion in education; development/improvement of educational facilities and technologies; promotion of teacher-training; and promotion of academic learning through partnerships.

Best Workplace and HR Practices - A company that has policies and programmes in place that reflect its respect and regard for its employees. This would include policies that promote diversity in the workplace, family-friendly policies, regard for work-life balance of employees, health and wellness.

Employee Volunteering Programme - A company or group of companies administered volunteering programme which involved the employees.

Cause-related Marketing Campaign - Marketing campaigns for Profit or Non/Profit goods and services which highlight the importance/build awareness of a particular social cause.

Employee Engagement or Behaviour Change - Recognising the best examples of employee engagement and behaviour change. Those organisations bringing their staff on the sustainability journey and those that are supporting them to drive it forward.

People of Determination - Recognising the best examples of services, programmes and initiatives offered to people of determination. Organisation that has inclusion at the heart of its business, providing support to disabled people.

Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO) - Any not-for-profit organisation that is independent from governmental organisations, funded by donations and/or run primarily by volunteers and that have demonstrated extraordinary effort, innovation, leadership, and excellence in providing service to humanity.

Government CSR Initiative - Initiatives which have resulted in a major positive social impact. This could involve the engagement of employees, private sector and/or the general public.

Social Enterprise - Companies which apply commercial strategies to maximize improvements in human and environmental well-being—this may include maximizing social impact rather than profits for external shareholders.

CSR Professional of the Year - The work of a professional involved in a CSR initiative/s who employs a range of competences to drive forward the CSR agenda by securing tangible improvements.

CSR Team of the Year - Team which has been involved in a successful initiative related to CSR.