2021 Award Timeline:
Awards will be open: April 1 - June 30, 2021
Scoring by WSBC Board in July
Winners Announced in August
The Sustainable Business Awards recognize businesses and individuals who prioritize sustainability and are making strides towards impactful change in Wisconsin. The winners of these awards demonstrate leadership, initiative, innovation, and are making measurable improvements and positive 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 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 who develop sustainable products, services, or business models. They demonstrate 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 greater communities.
The business has its headquarters or a major facility in Wisconsin
The process or product you are applying for (or nominating) is within the company’s Wisconsin operations
The nominee has 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
If applying for a product, the product has to be available on the market
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.
**New this Year**
We have added an Innovative Service Award that replaces our Sustainable Process Award, and we are taking public nominations for the "Thomas L. Eggert Leadership Forward" award!
Please email email@example.com with any questions!
Congratulations to our 2019 Awardees!
N1 Critical Technologies
Pam Mehnert of Outpost Natural Foods Cooperative
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 service are different and that creative and unique solutions to integrating sustainability are happening. We encourage any business with any product or service they consider to be sustainable to apply. Applications should include identification, and, if possible, quantification of direct and indirect benefits.
For the Sustainable Leadership Awards, think about those people who inspire you or work consistently to move sustainability forward without the recognition they deserve. Feel free to self-nominate or nominate others you feel worthy of the award!
Please read the guidelines and application questions for each award found in the download and use the online survey to turn in nominations.
Companies may apply (or be nominated) in one, two, or all three award categories, however can only win one award a year. Each award category has its own nomination form and we ask you to be as detailed as possible.
How we Evaluate Nominations
The nominations will be divided by the award category and scored with a matrix by members of the Wisconsin Sustainable Business Council’s Board of Advisors. There will be two or 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 across Wisconsin. There is particular emphasis on metrics that can showcase a truly innovative and leading approach to mainstreaming sustainability. More detailed applications, with data to demonstrate improvements and impact in sustainability performance, traditionally score higher.
Again, note that there are different nomination applications for each award.
Self-nominations are encouraged and are in fact, the norm. The nominations will be accepted from April 1st to June 30th, 2021. Nomination forms should include a description of the sustainable product, service, 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 and email Jessy@wisconsinsustainability with inquiries or questions!