2014 NZI National Sustainable Business Network Awards – FAQs

5 August 2014

Thinking about entering our 2014 Awards? Here are some FAQs to help you with your entry plus five benefits of entering.

Have you got a sustainability success story to share with New Zealand? The NZI National Sustainable Business Network Awards are an ideal way to celebrate your progress. The awards are open to all individuals and organisations in New Zealand and there are 10 different categories to choose from.

The 2014 Awards are open for entry, but get your skates on as entries close on 29 August. Full details are on our Awards website. We’ve also put together some FAQs to help you on your way.

How do I enter?
It’s simple to enter. You need to fill in the entry form for Stage 1 online, detailing which category(ies) you wish to enter and describing your initiative. The entry form includes 4-6 questions (depending on the category) and the closing date is 29 August 2014.

The expert judges will select a ‘longlist’, who will be asked to complete Stage 2 of the entry process. This will include general sustainability questions and specific questions related to your entered categories.

Click here to find out more about the entry process.

Can I nominate myself or does someone else have to nominate me/my organisation?
Either – you can nominate yourself or someone else can nominate you. However you need to have consent of the organisation involved to enter the Awards (with the exception of the Sustainability Champion category, which anyone can enter).

Can small businesses and individuals enter, as well as larger businesses?
Organisations of any size, as well as individuals, can enter the awards. The judges will take the size of the organisation into account when considering the applications.

Can collaborations and partnerships enter?
Yes!

Can overseas projects enter?
You can enter projects that were undertaken overseas only if the technology and ideas were generated in New Zealand.

How much does it cost to enter?
Nothing – entry is free.

Do I have to be a member of the Sustainable Business Network to enter?
No – anyone can enter.

Can I enter more than one category?
Yes – you can enter as many categories as you like. However you will need to fill in a separate entry form for each category.

I’m not sure which category to enter – can you help?
Absolutely. You can read descriptions of the different categories on the Awards website, but if you have any queries please contact us on office@sustainable.org.nz or 09 826 0394 and we will be able to help.

When is the closing date?
The closing date for Stage 1 is 29 August 2014.

What are the benefits of entering?

  1. Award winners and finalists receive public recognition of their sustainability achievements, including widespread media coverage
  2. The entry process is a useful means of taking stock of your sustainability progress
  3. The entry process helps you celebrate your achievements
  4. Longlist candidates will receive invaluable feedback from our expert judging panel
  5. Success in the awards can lead to valuable collaboration and networking opportunities with other businesses.

Other queries?
Please contact us on office@sustainable.org.nz or 09 826 0394 and we will be happy to help.

Check out our Awards video to find out more.