Sustainable Business Awards

 2021 Award Timeline:

Awards wil be open from February through March 2021

Application Deadline: March 31

Awards determined in April 

Awards given in May, 2021


Award Categories:

Sustainable Product

Sustainable Process

Executive Leader 

Sustainability Champion 


The Sustainable Business Awards recognize businesses and individuals that are prioritizing sustainability and making strides towards impactful change in Wisconsin. The winners of these awards demonstrate leadership, initiative, innovation and are making measurable impacts.


The awards offer the prestige of being recognized by the Wisconsin business community and serve as a platform to elevate sustainable practices in the greater community.  The Sustainable Business Awards celebrate recipients for challenging conventional business practices and demonstrating cutting edge environmental, social and governance leadership while rewarding them for being leaders in their industry and community.


Presented for the first time in 2014, these awards honor businesses, teams or individuals for developing sustainable products, processes, or business models and demonstrating that financial, environmental and social performance work together to strengthen resiliency and long-term business strength while also enhancing relationships with customers, employees, investors and our greater communities.

Award Eligibility

  • The business has its headquarters or operations in Wisconsin  

  • The process or product you are applying for (or nominating) is within the company’s Wisconsin operations  

  • Have not won an award from us within the last three years in the category in which you are applying

  • You can self-nominate or nominate a business, team or individual 

Return Applicants

Please note that this year we eliminated the small and large business categories as well as added a second leadership category. Additionally, there are separate application links per award.


Please email with any questions! 

Congratulations to our 2019 Awardees!

Sustainable Product:

N1 Critical Technologies

Sustainable Process:

Mercury Marine


Executive Leader:

Pam Mehnert of Outpost Natural Foods Cooperative

Sustainability Champion:

Dr. Peggy Murphy of Kimberly-Clark Corp.


What are we looking for?

We are looking to hear your story.  


We know that each business, product, and process are different and that creative and unique solutions to integrating sustainability are happening. We encourage any business with any product or process they consider to be sustainable to apply. Applications should include identification, and, if possible, quantification of direct and indirect benefits,


For the Leadership Awards, think about those that inspire you or work hard to move sustainability forward without the recognition they deserve. Feel free to self nominate or nominate others you feel worthy of an award! 

Please read the guidelines and application questions for each award found in the download but use the online survey to turn in nominations.


Companies may apply (or be nominated) in one, two, or all three award categories. Please note that there is a different application for each award this year! 

How we evaluate applicants

Applications will be divided by award and scored by members of the Wisconsin Sustainable Business Council’s Board of Advisors. There will be two to three award finalists per category, however, only one award winner will be selected per category.

The judges are looking for projects that demonstrate impact, scalability, and innovation. There will be particular emphasis on metrics that can showcase a truly innovative and leading approach to mainstreaming sustainability.  More detailed applications, with data to demonstrate the improvements in sustainability performance, have traditionally scored higher.

Again, note that there is a different application for each award this year. 



Nomination requirements

Self-nominations are encouraged and are in fact, the norm.  The nominations will open in August, 2020.  Applications should include a description of the sustainable product, process or leader, and, if possible, quantification of direct and indirect benefits.  Applications are to be received solely through the online survey form, the links are provided above.   

Please review eligibility prior to submitting your application, as some things have changed this year.