The 15th Reuters Responsible Business Awards took place on Wednesday evening in London.
With over 700 applications coming from 51 countries winners were chosen by an independent panel of 25 expert judges from all over the globe based on the innovation, impact and scalability of their work.
Beth Wyke, our Global Head of Corporate Assurance was a judge for the Reporting and Transparency and Purpose Driven Communications awards. And Peter Wilson, our Managing Director presented these two awards on the night.
Reporting and Transparency
The judges found this category wonderfully difficult to judge as all the submissions were solid, strong and very interesting. With accurate and credible reporting becoming an imperative for doing business in a global economy judges were looking for those organisations innovating as well as ensuring transparency.
The winner CEZ Group, impressed the judges with their robust reporting practices alongside the use of technology for continuous improvement in data and transparency.
Highly Commended was taken by Telford Homes’ Sustainability Report. Their comprehensive report offered a strong statement around sustainability in the construction industry supported by a series of specific targets. The interactive report provides clear information that is easy to navigate.
Purpose Driven Communications
As always, this category provided the judges with some impressive and interesting initiatives. This year we saw organisations going one step further and advocating on a governmental level to drive change, which the judges agreed needs to be encouraged and on a global level.
The winner Business for Nature, Make it Mandatory campaigning for a nature-positive world, showcased incredible work in line with the CPO15 Montreal Summit to ensure bio diversity is positioned as a highly relevant topic – traditionally not top of mind for governments, companies, citizens and key stakeholders around the world. This campaign is indeed historical and serves as a significant milestone for championing action for the planet. We’re looking forward to seeing what incredible results it delivers for years to come.
Highly Commended went to EE’s Denis the Menace gets Phonesmart. The judges felt this was a far reaching and innovative project because of the way it tackled the taboo of mental health and encouraged internet safety at a generational level. The innovative use of Dennis the Menace, a well recognized figure that indeed spans generations made the campaign comprehensible and appealing to both parents and children. It could also have impact and be scaleable in other parts of the world.
Also, do take some time to read about this year’s Responsible Business Honouree Award recipient, Former President of Ireland Mary Robinson on the Reuters website Mary Robinson: ‘Business needs to be bold and push for a phase-out of fossil fuels at COP28’ | Reuters
As pillar sponsors for these two categories our interest was in celebrating organisations championing the cause of transparent and credible sustainability performance reporting and purpose driven communications. This year’s strong set of submissions, whittled down to some seriously impactful and innovative finalists showcases those organisations with the ambition to make huge strides towards a more sustainable future for all.
Winners in the other categories can be found here Responsible Business Awards 2023 (reutersevents.com)
Congratulations to all the winners and finalists. We look forward to seeing more responsible business innovation, impact and scalability in 2024.