Awards Categories

The Gulf Sustainability and CSR Awards provide recognition for companies and individuals implementing outstanding CSR and Sustainability initiatives across the region. This year there are 25 categories to choose from.

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

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Decide on the entry you are going to make for the Gulf Sustainability and CSR Awards based on the category titles below.

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.

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.

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.

Responsible Consumption and Production

Businesses that enable consumers to be more responsible, reduce household consumption and waste (food, energy, and water) and adopt best practices in waste disposal. Primarily, this means offering sustainability-aligned products and services to consumers by reducing impacts arising from multiple sources, ranging from supply chains and procurement practices to use of materials and packaging and disposal. Key targets underpinning SDG 12 include efficient resource use, waste reduction throughout product life cycles, environmentally sound management of chemicals and strengthening education and awareness about sustainable practices for business and sustainable lifestyles for consumers.

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.

People of Determination

How people of determination (people with special needs) are protected and empowered through services and facilities in the areas of education, health, jobs and more

Non-governmental organizations (NGO)

Not for Profit and sometimes international organizations independent of governments and international governmental organizations that are active in humanitarian, educational, health care, public policy, social, human rights, environmental, and other areas to effect changes according to their objectives

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.

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.

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