The Cornwall Sustainability Awards have been designed to encourage businesses from all sectors to apply. In judging the awards, it is accepted that some businesses may be inherently dirtier, riskier or more likely to cause environmental problems than others. However, the nature of the business should not be a disadvantage for these awards. What the judges are keen to see is the measures that have been undertaken to minimise impacts and the results that have been achieved.
Applications for Best Managed Small, Medium and Large Businesses will be scored on efforts made to tackle the ten questions in the Guide to Applicants. Applications for the Low Carbon Business, the Products and Services and the Best Individual awards will be scored on the basis of the reports submitted.
Applicants in all categories will be shortlisted down to five leading entries by a judge with assistance from sustainability practitioners employed by the organisers, after this the judges will meet to score and decide the top three places in each category. The judges may request that a site visit is carried out at any time to validate applications.
Your attention is drawn to the Guide to Applicants, but the organisers would also like to point out the following:
- We receive a number of applications from companies with
ambitious proposals that are still "on the drawing board". Whilst it is important to have a strong vision about where an organisation or project is heading, the judges will focus mainly on what has been achieved to date.
- Some business sectors may be further ahead than others in terms of developing approaches for tackling sustainability issues. Notwithstanding the scoring process, the judges may take into consideration how well applicants are performing relative to others in their sector when evaluating them against companies from other sectors. This is in order to ensure than pioneering work in less developed sectors is recognised.
Judges for the Cornwall Sustainability Awards
- Matt Coleman: Health, Safety and Environmental Solutions
- Mark Summers: Head of Environmental Services for Cornwall NHS Trusts
- Caron Thompson: Sustainable Construction Manager for the Eden Project
- Gitty Ankers MBE: Senior Environment Officer (Business Advice) Environment Agency
- Gaynor Coley: Local Enterprise Partnership
- Special Guest judge: Environmental Manager at previous years Overall Winner
The Judges decision will be final.
A full list of judges will be finalised soon