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Net-Works is the winner of the Responsible Business Award 2014

The 5th Annual Responsible Business Awards 2014 Winners Announced.

On Monday, 29th September 2014, nearly 200 of the world’s leading responsible business experts gathered at Ethical Corporation’s Fifth Annual Responsible Business Awards ceremony in London’s Mayfair.

About 400 entries were received this year, covering a range of sectors and industries from all over the world, in itself reiterating the fact that responsible business is steadily becoming mainstream. The judges were looking for entries that clearly demonstrated how the company had incorporated responsible business and sustainability thinking into various areas of business, linking it back to commercial objectives.

Opening up the Awards Ceremony, chairman of this year’s judging committee Professor David Grayson said that the standard from this year’s entrants had been very high, and that it’s great to see and read about all the great sustainable work that’s being done around the world. More information on the judges’ feedback is available here.


Nominees for this category:

  • Marks and Spencer and Good World Solutions – Leveraging mobile technology for real-time supply chain transparency
  • Shell and the Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves
  • Woolworths and WWF-SA partnerships: Sustainable business initiative
  • Barclays and Care and Plan UK – Banking on Change
  • Interface and Zoological Society of London – Net-Works: delivering social, economic and environmental benefits to the Philippines
  • Central England Cooperative and Saffron Lane Neighbourhood Council – The Saffron Acres Project
  • Starwood Hotels & Resorts and UNICEF – ‘Check Out for Children’
  • B&Q and BioRegional and The Sylva Foundation – Good Woods
  • Turk Telekom (TT) and Bogazici University GETEM and Assistive Technology and Education Laboratory – Books on the phone
  • SM Prime Holdings – Sensory Friendly Movies

The judges were looking to the same criteria as in B2B Partnership. The only difference here was that the partnership should have taken place between a company and other entities (i.e. NGOs, governmental body, charity or other).

Having perhaps, the longest list of nominees, this category was one of the hardest to choose from. Nevertheless, judges selected a partnership between Barclays, Care and Plan UK with their project Banking on Change as highly commended, stating:

“A unique savings rather than credit-led approach that allows increasing individual savings and financial literacy in undeveloped areas.”

The winner was Interface and Zoological Society of London – Net-Works: delivering social, economic and environmental benefits to the Philippines. The judges gave it the highest appraisals:

“It’s a real social business project, economically successful and one that creates a truly sustainable business model.”

Source: Ethical Corporation. View the full press release here.