Entries are now open for the 2020 Awards!
The Sustainable Business Awards, which have been running for 18 years, recognise and celebrate success in sustainability.
They are free to enter and open to anyone in New Zealand. They’re a great way to celebrate your sustainability progress.
Entries to the 2020 Awards will close on 28 July, and finalists will be announced in August. There will be a second stage of judging for the finalists and the Awards ceremony will take place in November 2020.
Check out our handy Guide to Entering the Sustainable Business Awards.
Scroll down for information about the Award categories, and click on each to download an entry form.
If you’re planning on entering, don’t miss the recording of our webinar on How to Write a Great Awards Entry with Rod Oram!
To find out more about previous winners check out our past awards.
There are 12 Award categories to enter. Entry is open to anyone, including individuals, organisations and collaborations/partnerships — large or small.
- Sustainability Superstar Award
- This award celebrates a person who inspires and leads others to make a difference.
- Communicating for Impact Award
- This award, sponsored by Kind&Co, will recognise an organisation communicating sustainability effectively to make a tangible impact.
- Social Impactor Award
- This award, sponsored by MAS, will be presented to an organisation that is consistently improving people’s lives through its day to day business practices.
- Going Circular Award
- This award, sponsored by Auckland Council, will be presented to an organisation that is making demonstrable progress towards going circular.
- Climate Action Leader Award
- This award, sponsored by EECA, will be presented to an organisation actively leading and delivering impact and scale with climate action.
- Climate Action Innovator Award
- This award, sponsored by Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency, will be presented to an organisation demonstrating innovation in climate action.
- Outstanding Collaboration Award
- This award, sponsored by Toitū Envirocare, will be presented to organisations that have collaborated for good with outstanding results.
- Tech for Good Award
- This award will be presented to a technological initiative designed for social or environmental change.
- Good Food Award
- This award, sponsored by New World, will be presented to an organisation that is transforming the food system to create a positive impact on people or the environment.
- Restoring Nature Award
- This award, sponsored by the Department of Conservation, will be presented to a business taking a leadership role in restoring New Zealand’s nature.
- Change Maker Award
- This award celebrates a young person who is driving sustainability change within their organisation or the wider community.
- Resilience in Crisis Award
- This award will be presented to an organisation in recognition of a quick business pivot for a sustainable outcome in times of Covid-19.
- Transforming New Zealand Award
- This is our Supreme Award, presented to an organisation that is performing outstandingly well in all aspects of sustainability.
The judges for the 2020 Sustainable Business Awards are leaders in sustainability and business communities. Read more about them here.
Awards Winners 2019
Congratulations to all the winners, commendations and finalists of the 2019 NZI Sustainable Business Network Awards.
- NZI Transforming New Zealand (Supreme Award)
Winner Auckland Council, TROW Group and Green Way Finalists Tauranga City Council Te Whangai Trust
- Sustainability Superstar
- Communicating for Change
Sponsored by Cadence Communications Winner Tauranga City Council Commendation BLAKE & New Zealand Geographic Commendation Ethique Finalists Chia Sisters RefillNZ The Rubbish Trip Tread Lightly Charitable Trust Splore Festival Tourism Industry Aotearoa
- Efficiency Champion
Sponsored by Ricoh Winner Sudima Hotels Commendation Iplex Pipelines NZ Commendation National Steel Finalists Foodstuffs New Zealand Soar Print
- Going Circular
Sponsored by Auckland Council Winner Medsalv Commendation Stone Arrow Jewellery Commendation The Formary Finalists AgriSea NZ EcoStock Supplies For The Better Good IdealCup Junk Run
Little & Brave Eco Nappies
- Smarter Transport
Sponsored by NZ Transport Agency Winner Fisher & Paykel Healthcare Commendation Blue Cars Finalists ORIX New Zealand Meridian Energy Mevo Tourism Holdings Yoogo Share
- Revolutionising Energy
Sponsored by EECA Business Winner AUT University Commendation Auckland District Health Board Commendation Camp Glenorchy Finalists Ata Touch Brightwater site, Fonterra TransNet & Reid Technology
- Transforming Food
Sponsored by Yealands Family Wines Winner Chia Sisters Commendation Breadcraft (Wai) Finalists AUT University Berkano Foods Bread & Butter Bakery & Café EcoStock Supplies Lux Organics IncaFé Organic Coffee Wholly Cow Wise Boys
- Restoring Nature
Sponsored by Department of Conservation Winner Te Whangai Trust Commendation AgriSea NZ Commendation Rotorua Canopy Tours Finalists Agricom Ecolibrium Biologicals
Duffle and Co
Dung Beetle Innovations HealthPost Limited Sup Bro Paddle Boarding NZ
- Hardwired for Social Good
Sponsored by Alsco Winner Little Yellow Bird Commendation ecostore Finalists All Heart NZ Charitable Trust Koha Kai Natural Paint Co Thankyou Payroll
- Partnering for Good
Sponsored by Ministry for Primary Industries Winner Auckland Council, TROW Group and Green Way Commendation BNZ and The Salvation Army Finalists AccorHotels All Heart NZ Charitable Trust Business Working to End Family Violence (ANZ, Countdown, Ernst & Young, Fonterra, NZ Human Rights Commission, Ricoh, Vodafone, The Warehouse) Dung Beetle Innovations Tauranga City Council TerraCycle Tomorrow Inc
- Millennial on a Mission
Thank you to our amazing partners who have made the 2020 Sustainable Business Awards possible.