The winning companies of the 2018 Sustainable Business Awards (SBA) were announced on Thursday after nearly 70 of Singapore’s largest companies and SMEs entered the awards, making it a record year for entrants. This year has also seen the highest number of new companies entering the Awards with over 70% being first-time contestants. Not only that, almost half of the winners across all categories this year are Singaporean companies.
Organised by Global Initiatives, the awards’ 4th edition is run in collaboration with PwC, Business Council for Sustainable Development (BCSD), Control Union and the Fullerton Hotel. Established in 2012, The Sustainable Business Awards is the region’s leading sustainable awards platform, recognising outstanding leadership in sustainable business practices. SBA awards businesses through a rigorous assessment using a methodology that scores both process and performance across the following 12 categories including strategy and sustainability management, energy management and the United Nations’ SDGs (sustainable development goals).
This year the SBA has also created two new award categories – Best Social Enterprise and Best Public Sector Service. These categories aim to give recognition to organisations which are not always acknowledged for their sustainability efforts but often have a big impact with local communities.
“Singapore’s sustainability leadership is evident in this year’s awards, both in terms of business engagement as well as a country, leading by example in the region. Business can and must strengthen this momentum even further to progress on the Singapore sustainable movement and reach the 2030 UN Goals in time” Remarked Tony Gourlay, CEO, Global Initiatives.
Winners in sustainable categories
- Overall: Unilever and CDL
- Best workforce: Sodexo
- Best sustainability in the community: APRIL
- Best energy management: Ericsson
- Best water management: Unilever
- Best water and material productivity: Kimberly-Clark
- Best climate change: Singtel & City Developments Ltd
- Best supply chain management: Unilever
- Best land and biodiversity: CDL
- Best business responsibility and ethics: Accor Hotels
- Best stakeholder engagement and materiality: DSM Singapore
- Best UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)s: Keppel Corporation
Winners in special categories
- Best flagship initiative: DBS
- Best SMEL Sindicatum Renewable Energy Company
- Best social enterprise: The Bliss Group
- Best newcomer: Sembcorp Industries
- Best public sector service: Maritime & Port Authority of Singapore