Energy Management

Energy Management

The business models/projects 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.

Linked Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs):

Goal 1: No Poverty; Goal 2: Zero Hunger; Goal 3: Good Health and Well-Being; Goal 7: Affordable and Clean Energy; Goal 11: Sustainable Cities and Communities; Goal 12: Responsible Consumption and Production; Goal 13: Climate Action

Waste Management

Waste Management

Within the framework of circular economy vision, the leading business models/projects with zero waste and recycling principles, and that are minimizing waste and re-using the resulting waste are evaluated in this category.

Linked Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs):

Goal 1: No Poverty; Goal 2: Zero Hunger; Goal 3: Good Health and Well-Being; Goal 11: Sustainable Cities and Communities; Goal 12: Responsible Consumption and Production; Goal 14: Life Below Water; Goal 15: Life On Land

Water Management

Water Management

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 developed in line with certain principles in this regard are evaluated in this category.

Linked Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs):

Goal 1: No Poverty; Goal 2: Zero Hunger; Goal 3: Good Health and Well-Being; Goal 6: Clean Water and Sanitation; Goal 11: Sustainable Cities and Communities; Goal 12: Responsible Consumption and Production

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.

Linked Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs):

Goal 13: Climate Action; Goal 14: Life Below Water; Goal 15: Life On Land; Goal 16: Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions; Goal 17: Partnerships for the Goals

Carbon Management

Carbon Management

The business models/projects 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.

Linked Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs):

Goal 1: No Poverty; Goal 2: Zero Hunger; Goal 3: Good Health and Well-Being; Goal 7: Affordable and Clean Energy; Goal 11: Sustainable Cities and Communities; Goal 12: Responsible Consumption and Production; Goal 13: Climate Action; Goal 14: Life Below Water

Sustainable Innovation

Sustainable Innovation

In order to address a particular problem or challenge, new business models/projects 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
Linked Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs):

Goal 6: Clean Water and Sanitation; Goal 7: Affordable and Clean Energy; Goal 9: Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure; Goal 12: Responsible Consumption and Production; Goal 13: Climate Action; Goal 14: Life Below Water

Social Impact

Social Impact

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 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
Linked Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs):

Depending on the targeted social change, it may be related to any one or more of the 17 Goals.

Diversity and Inclusion

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 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.

Linked Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs):

Goal 1: No Poverty; Goal 4: Quality Education; Goal 10: Reduced Inequalities; Goal 16: Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Cooperation

Cooperation

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 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.

Linked Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs):

Goal 1: No Poverty; Goal 2: Zero Hunger; Goal 4: Quality Education; Goal 6: Clean Water and Sanitation; Goal 7: Affordable and Clean Energy; Goal 9: Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure; Goal 11: Sustainable Cities and Communities; Goal 12: Responsible Consumption and Production; Goal 14: Life Below Water; Goal 17: Partnerships for the Goals

Sustainability Communication

Sustainability Communication

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.

Linked Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs):

Goal 3: Good Health and Well-Being; Goal 5: Gender Equality; Goal 6: Clean Water and Sanitation; Goal 12: Responsible Consumption and Production; Goal 13: Climate Action

Supply Chain Management

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 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.

Linked Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs):

Goal 1: No Poverty; Goal 2: Zero Hunger; Goal 3: Good Health and Well-Being; Goal 4: Quality Education; Goal 5: Gender Equality; Goal 7: Affordable and Clean Energy; Goal 8: Decent Work and Economic Growth; Goal 10: Reduced Inequalites; Goal 11: Sustainable Cities and Communities; Goal 12: Responsible Consumption and Production; Goal 13: Climate Action; Goal 14: Life Below Water; Goal 15: Life On Land

Women Empowerment

Women Empowerment

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 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.

Linked Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs):

Goal 1: No Poverty; Goal 4: Quality Education; Goal 5: Gender Equality; Goal 10: Reduced Inequalites; Goal 16: Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Employee Engagement

Employee Engagement

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 which are developed with the aim of ensuring the employees’ personal happiness and goals, and simultaneously achieving their emotional commitment and corporate goals.

Linked Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs):

Goal 3: Good Health and Well-Being; Goal 4: Quality Education; Goal 5: Gender Equality; Goal 8: Decent Work and Economic Growth; Goal 10: Reduced Inequalites; Goal 16: Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Startup

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.