The business models/projects/practices that considering the risks related to climate change while taking investment and operational decisions, development of energy efficiency and renewable energy strategies is developed with holistic measurement and management approaches are considered in this category.
Within the framework of circular economy vision, the leading business models/projects/practices with zero waste and recycling principles, and that are minimizing waste and re-using the resulting waste are evaluated in this category.
Water, which is one of the most important vital resources in the world, is one of the biggest problems in the global context. The projects, technologies and designs that are developed for the effective and good management of water resources in the sustainable development axis, the availability of water, the access to water and the nature of water, or business models/projects/practices developed in line with certain principles in this regard are evaluated in this category.
Sustainable Business Reporting
In this category, the sustainability and integrated reports that guide the future of the business world are evaluated according to their transparent and holistic perspective, impact and communication created by the organization for all its stakeholders within the value chain. Applications can be submitted to this category with the reports published in 2018 or later.
The business models/projects/practices developed with holistic measurement and management approaches in order to slow down climate change and reduce greenhouse gas emissions to adapt to climate change and to develop carbon emission reduction strategies are evaluated in this category.
In order to address a particular problem or challenge, new business models/projects/practices as well as the products, services and technologies in which sustainability considerations (environmental, social, financial) are integrated into company systems through R&D and commercialization from idea production are considered in this category. Applications can be either with a completely new concept or with minor improvements to ensure a sustainable approach. The following 4 main level references are accepted:
- Minor improvements
- Comprehensive redesign
- Completely new business models to meet the same functional needs
- Business models designed for a sustainable society
The business world has the potential to contribute to society and create and manage social change. The social impact category evaluates the development and implementation of business models/projects/practices that aims to solve an existing and compelling social problem in the best way and adding common values to the business world. Applications to this category are evaluated in two categories as Environment Oriented Social Projects and Human Oriented Social Projects.
- Environmental Oriented Social Projects
- Human Oriented Social Projects
Diversity and Inclusion
It is very important for companies that regard social, cultural and economic differences as a unifying factor, respect the employee rights, act with the principles of fair management, aim to strengthen and expand the culture of decent work environment and cover the whole of the society they serve, adopt sustainable business models. The business models/projects/practices that integrates different culture, religion, race, gender, age and thought structures and disadvantaged groups into the work processes of the organization within the scope of diversity are evaluated in this category. Applications for women’s empowerment in the business world are not considered in this category. Applications within this scope should be made in the category of WOMEN EMPOWERMENT.
Beyond the traditional cooperation models, in line with their common objectives, the projects developed by more than one institution where they achieve sustainable results by using the power of cooperation and innovation that shapes the future together, creating profitability with measurable impact and cooperating in competition are evaluated within this category. Cooperation between institutions should have a common, redefined sustainability (environmental, social, economic impact) target within the scope of their activities. The business models/projects/practices that apply to this category are evaluated in two different categories as B2B and B2NGO
- B2B Cooperation: Collaborations between private sector organizations (profit-making organizations)
- B2NGO Cooperation: Cooperation between private sector organizations (non-profit organizations) and non-governmental organizations (non-profit organizations)
The cooperating institutions should be given mutual approval.
It is of great importance that inspirational and encouraging efforts are made to disseminate sustainable business models and implement sustainable growth-targeted action by sharing the works that increase profitability in a correct and effective manner. In this context, responsible communication campaigns (TV, advertising, social media, etc.) that are creative, prominent, mobilizing and creating behavioral changes are evaluated in this category.
Supply Chain Management
Supply chains are particularly exposed to the impacts of climate change and limited natural resources, and from a social point of view, geopolitical instability, inequality and lack of regional development limit the growth potential. In this category, business models/projects/practices that create value and supplier loyalty through end-to-end supply chain management with a holistic approach by placing human rights, economic and environmental rights in the supply chain in order to reduce the risks arising from these impacts through comprehensive evaluation and cooperation.
Effective and pioneering models in business, which eliminate gender roles and all kinds of discrimination by equalitarian policies, enable women to be empowered by including them in the business world fairly, and fill the quantitative data with qualified steps, are evaluated in this category. This award is given to the business models/projects/practices that create value through a holistic approach in order to strengthen the women’s business life through various programs on human rights, equal opportunities, gender perception.
Models that represent the most attractive and holistic approach to labor force participation strategies, which offer employees more than one opportunity to interact with their company and fulfill more in their business, are considered in this category. This award is given to the business models/projects/practices which are developed with the aim of ensuring the employees’ personal happiness and goals, and simultaneously achieving their emotional commitment and corporate goals.
Startup of the Year
This award is given to starters (Startup), who place sustainability at the heart, have the ability to grow without geographical restriction, and aim to create a social and / or environmental impact for a better future. In order to be selected, the companies have to be commenced between 1 January 2015 and 1 April 2020.