The Planet Mark Awards returned for a third year yesterday evening, at a virtual ceremony, celebrating the incredible successes and initiatives of holders.
Recognising the work undertaken by businesses during their reporting period of 2019 to cut their carbon footprint, engage with their employees and communicate their achievements, the 13 categories of awards were classified into four main themes, aligned with The Planet Mark certification structure: measure; engage; communicate, and overall.
The entries were reviewed by an esteemed judging panel including; Sarah Gillett, chief operating officer of The Planet Mark; Steve Malkin, CEO and founder of The Planet Mark; Dan Ryan, Lead of The Eden Project’s Sustainability MSc; Louise Scott, Director leading coordination of PwC’s Global Sustainability Network, and Matt Sexton, Chief Strategy officer of Futerra.
Planet Mark CE0 and Founder, Steve Malkin welcomed over 120 guests from across the globe to the virtual event, commenting; “We have a constantly growing community of amazing organisations who share common values for sustainability, a positive ethos and a desire to create social value. There is much to celebrate in these, our third awards, for holders of The Planet Mark. Achieving The Planet Mark is an award in its own right, so for those organisations registering entries, you have gone well beyond the demands of our certification. It means that those shortlisted here have done something truly extraordinary. And for those that are Highly Commended and the few that have won an award, you can feel rightly proud. Your commitment to sustainability and your passion to measure, engage and communicate with your employees, supply chain and wider communities mean our common goal to build a better greener future is in safe hands.”
Award winners and finalists
As part of The Planet Mark, measurement of data is rigorous so businesses can report their progress with confidence and authenticity. Under this category, there were three awards: Absolute Carbon Reduction; Carbon Reduction by Intensity, and Data Quality and Collection. Companies were entered automatically into this category based on their carbon footprint results.
Absolute Carbon Reduction, sponsored by Circular Ecology
- Winner: A&E Fire and Security | With a 42.7% reduction
- Finalists: Ecoprod, Abbey Business Interiors
Carbon Reduction by Intensity
- Winner: Goodman Logistics Development | with a reduction of 50.9% per employee
- Finalists: The Furniture Practice
Data Quality and Collection, sponsored by Crowdfunder
- Winner: GreenZone Cleaning and Support Services and Homerton NHS Trust | with a score of 95%.
- Finalists: The Furniture Practice
Under this category, there were three awards: Employee Engagement, Community Engagement, Supply Chain Engagement.
Employee Engagement, sponsored by Eden Project
- Winner: Rowlinson Knitwear | awarded for its extended engagement with its employees and suppliers’ employees.
- Finalists: Bourne Leisure, Incubeta UK
Community Engagement, sponsored by Womble Bond Dickinson
- Winner: SP Energy Networks | awarded for its ambition and scale, and massive transformation and impact.
- Finalists: Rentokil Initial, Uhub Ltd
Supply Chain Engagement, sponsored by Cool Earth
- Winner: GLP | awarded for creating longevity to its impact and enabling it to achieve significant results for many years in the future.
- Finalists: Impress Print Services, The Marketing Store
Under this category, there were three awards: Sustainability Transparency, Sustainability Campaign, Sustainability Influencer.
Sustainability Transparency, sponsored by JustOne
- Winner: Commercial | awarded for the range of different ways it has engaged with its stakeholders and for producing a very impressive report.
- Finalists: bartlett Mitchell, Digital Detox
Sustainability Campaign, sponsored by Design by Structure
- Winner: Stephen George + Partners | awarded for its impressive campaign that is creating a wave of generational change.
- Finalists: TBT Marketing Ltd, The Royal Warrant Holders Association
Sustainability Influencer, sponsored by Delta-Simons
- Winner: Louis Beaumont from Hive Cleaning | awarded for his high impact in delivering results and for weaving sustainability into his business model.
- Finalists: Philippa Birch-Wood, Chetwoods, Russell Blunt, City & Essex
These awards recognise companies’ overall achievements and celebrate outstanding individuals and businesses in The Planet Mark community. Under this category, there were three awards: Personal Achievement, Best Newcomer, Best Company.
Personal Achievement, sponsored by SK Consulting & Investment
- Winner: Mark Bird, Childbase Partnership | awarded for his impressive influence on a business that is leading in its sector.
- Finalists: Rebecca Wilson, Ingram Valley GB, Graeme Munro, GLP
Best Newcomer, sponsored by Institute of Directors
- Winner: Bourne Leisure awarded for its exceptional engagement with its employees and communications to its wider community.
- Finalists: Ingram Valley, Stephen George +Partners
Best Company, sponsored by Prologis UK
- Winner: Rowlinson Knitwear | awarded for the scale of what it does as a B Corporation and its work with its supply chain.
- Finalists: Womble Bond Dickinson, DP World London Gateway
Kindness is Contagious
This award celebrates the kindness organisations within The Planet Mark network have shown during the Covid-19 lockdown period. It is judged by The Planet Mark community.
- Winner: Bidfood | people’s choice award.
- Finalists: BourneLeisure, Fooditude, Restore Harrow Green