2degrees announces winners of the Sustainability Champions Awards 2013

2degrees: inaugural awards

2degrees: inaugural awards

2degrees, the world’s largest network of sustainability professionals, has announced the winners of the Sustainability Champions Awards 2013, held last night at Lord’s Cricket Ground in London.

The awards scheme, which is unique in being selected and voted for by members of the 2degrees community, recognised the best examples of sustainability practice from across a range of sectors, with 34 shortlisted entries challenging for the top prize across 12 categories, from energy management, to buildings and property, to supporting players.

Telefonica O2 UK, SC Johnson and Unilever are among the winners in the Internal Engagement, Energy & Carbon Management (long term), and Supply Chain Management categories respectively, having demonstrated outstanding innovation, commitment, and inspiration across a broad range of projects in the highly competitive contest. Molson Coors Brewing Company came top in Water Management for its water stewardship work, while the Pop-Up-Foundation waved the flag for small business enterprises in Solution of the Year, for their initiative to design and develop sustainable solutions for our urban world. In personal categories rewarding people’s exceptional work behind-the-scenes Daniella Vega from Sky has been voted the Sustainability Champion of the Year and Lucy Findlay from Social Enterprise Mark Company recognised as the Supporting Player of the Year.

Breaking away from traditional models of behind-closed-doors judging panel, the Sustainability Champions Awards 2013, sponsored by RBS, asked 2degrees’ 32,000 members to cast their votes in favour of each company or person. The idea, based on peer-to-peer voting added an extra kudos to the awards for industry recognition, having also encouraged businesses to use creativity when showcasing their achievements and commitment to innovation and environmental responsibility.

Martin Chilcott, founder and CEO of 2degrees, said: “Putting the 2degrees community at the heart of the awards ensured an expert opinion was held throughout the decision process. This also created direct stakeholder engagement opportunities for companies and individuals around broad sustainability issues. From projects being published on 2degrees, to a unique judging process entirely based on votes from peers, to the ceremony itself – the awards encouraged and realised a plethora of creative stakeholder engagement opportunities for nominees’ success stories. Overall, we were overwhelmed by the sheer quality and number of entries that came through.”

Following is the list of Winners, Runners-up and entries that were Highly Commended:

Building or Property Project          

The Co-operative Group / WINNER

Marks & Spencer / RUNNER-UP

Green Mountain Data Centre / COMMENDED

Energy & Carbon Management – Long-Term      

SC Johnson / WINNER

The Co-operative Group / RUNNER-UP

Arla Foods / COMMENDED

Energy & Carbon Management – Short-Term     


Dawn Meats Group / WINNER

Walkers Snack Foods Ltd / RUNNER-UP

External Communications Campaign       

Planet  First/ COMMENDED

Pukka Herbs / WINNER

CCgroup / RUNNER-UP       

Internal Engagement           


Telefonica O2 UK / WINNER

University of Leeds / COMMENDED           

Solution of the Year

Integrated Environmental Solutions Ltd / RUNNER-UP

Pop-Up-Foundation / WINNER

Ventive Ltd / COMMENDED

Supply Chain Management


Unilever / WINNER

ZERYA Producciones sin Residuos S.L. / COMMENDED  

Waste & Resource Management   

Arla Foods / RUNNER-UP

Coca-Cola Enterprises / COMMENDED


Water Management 

Coca-Cola Enterprises / COMMENDED

Molson Coors Brewing Company / WINNER

Greenvale AP/ RUNNER-UP           

Supporting Player of the Year       

Tony Deans, Capgemini / RUNNER-UP

Stephen Bareham, Attivo Group / COMMENDED

Lucy Findlay, Social Enterprise Mark Company / WINNER

Sustainability Champion of the Year        

Ed Dixon, Marks & Spencer/ COMMENDED

Daniella Vega, BSkyB/ WINNER

Hayley Baines-Buffery, BioRegional/ RUNNER-UP            

Personality of the Year       

David Attenborough/ WINNER