Sustainability champions and enlightened leaders were amongst those being celebrated at The Planet Mark Awards, hosted at Sadlers Wells Theatre, on 12th October
Sustainability champions were celebrated in London last week at The Planet Mark’s inaugural awards, as the certification programme marked its fifth anniversary with a rallying call to action and a move to add social impact to its critical measures of sustainability.
The Planet Mark was established five years ago, and set out to empower and inspire individuals within organisations to do their bit for climate change, positioning sustainability as “achievable, easy to do and aspirational, from a personal and organisational perspective.
The fifth anniversary awards, at London’s Sadler’s Wells theatre, showcased achievements in sustainability from The Planet Mark’s community, with 12 separate winners across four categories – engage, measure, communicate and overall. See the winner list below.
The evening also served as an opportunity to introduce the measurement of social value as part of The Planet Mark certification programme. Sarah Gillett, director of Planet First, explained measuring social impact alongside environmental impact, would provide “a more rounded and holistic picture” of an organisation’s sustainability.
Founder Steve Malkin took to the stage to unveil the impact The Planet Mark has had to date. “This is a special day for us,” he said, “Five years to the month after the new certification brand was launched in partnership with the Eden Project, the Awards being announced today offer a fantastic opportunity for our holder teams to celebrate, and be recognised for the great work they are doing. “Much has happened in our world since then, some good, some less so. But one thing has not changed, and that is our commitment to creating a better quality of life for us, our future generations and our fellow passengers on this wonderful planet.”
Guest speaker Sir Tim Smit commented “We are all psychotically hooked into a world where we don’t know when to say stop. We are better than being just consumers, we are citizens and we have future generations to keep in mind. That is why The Planet Mark is important, it is something around which we can cohere, it is about having a moral compass” Watch Tim Smit’s speech.
The Planet Mark Awards 2018 –
Employee Engagement Award
Winner- CLARITY-The Soap Co.
Sustainability Campaign Award
Annual Sustainability Report
Carbon Reduction per Employee
Winner- Eight Associates
Outstanding Individual Award
Winner- Ed Van Reenen
Sustainability Influencer Award
Winner- Emma Cowper
Community Engagement Award
Supply Chain Engagement Award
Winner- Prologis UK
Absolute Carbon Reduction Award
Winner- Giant Peach
Data Quality and Collection
Winner- The Furniture Practice
Best Newcomer Award
Winner- CLARITY-The Soap Co.
Best Company Award
Winner- GreenZone Cleaning & Support Services