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The Responsible Business Awards are open for entries!

Posted: Thursday 19 January 17, 11.53am GMT

From the CSR360 Global Partner Network we encourage you to apply for the two categories promoted by the International Team. The UPS International Disaster Relief and Resilience Award, supported by the Department for International Development and The Unilever Global Development Award, supported by Business Fights Poverty

The awards close on 17 February 2017. Don't miss the deadline!

UPS International Disaster Relief and Resilience Award, supported by the Department for International Development

Recognising business’ unique contribution to addressing international disasters, helping communities to prepare for, respond to and recover from disasters.

Businesses play an important role in addressing international disasters. Beyond financial contributions, they can offer skills, products and services, leverage their core business assets and competencies, and through collaborative partnerships, help address the impact of disasters.

International disaster relief in this award category refers to all aspects of the disaster management cycle: disaster risk reduction and risk mitigation, disaster preparedness, response, recovery, rebuilding and resilience. We define resilience as; preparing and supporting individuals, communities or organisations with the skills, capacities and knowledge in relation to natural disasters and humanitarian crisis so that they can respond to, recover from and reduce, the impact of international disasters more efficiently and effectively. We welcome entries addressing any of the above.

The frequency, intensity and complexity of disasters will increase over the coming decades. Globalisation means the impacts of those disasters on business and communities are increasingly evident, and businesses are being called upon to scale up their response to such events by internal and external stakeholders. Through their actions, businesses have demonstrated that business and social value can be increased by taking a strategic approach to international disasters, building the business case and developing long term collaborative partnerships.

This award recognises business’ unique contribution to addressing international disasters, helping communities at risk to prepare for, respond to and recover from disasters.

For learning more and register for the award click here

For more information, please email Danielle Cox, Programme Manager – International Disaster Relief at Business in the Community on danielle.cox@bitc.org.uk

The Unilever Global Development Award, supported by Business Fights Poverty

Recognising businesses that can demonstrate positive impact against one or more of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Adopted on 25 September 2015, 193 world leaders agreed to 17 Global Goals for Sustainable Development to end poverty, protect the planet, and ensure prosperity for all. If these Goals are completed, it would mean an end to extreme poverty, inequality and climate change by 2030.

The SDGs, also known as the Global Goals, build on the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). This comprehensive set of goals, relevant to everyone throughout the world, consists of the following:

1. No poverty
2. Zero hunger
3. Good health and well-being
4. Quality education
5. Gender equality
6. Clean water and sanitation
7. Affordable and clean energy
8. Decent work and economic growth
9. Industry, innovation and infrastructure
10. Reduced inequalities
11. Sustainable cities and communities
12. Responsible consumption and production
13. Climate action
14. Life below water
15. Life on land
16. Peace, justice and strong institutions
17. Partnerships for the goals

There has been much progress on the global development agenda since the launch of the MDGs in 2000. Key MDGs achievements include:

  • More than one billion people lifted out of extreme poverty (since 1990)
  • Child mortality reduced by more than half (since 1990)
  • The number of out of school children has dropped by more than half (since 1990)
  • HIV/AIDS infections fell by almost 40 percent (since 2000)1

However, there is still much more to do if we are to end poverty, protect the planet, and ensure prosperity for all. Businesses are a key enabler of global sustainable development and more and more businesses recognise that it is in their long-term interest to invest in building safer, more and more sustainable business and societies. Global challenges can also be a driver of innovation and new market opportunities.

The Unilever Global Development Award supported by Business Fights Poverty identifies and recognises those businesses that are demonstrating a positive impact on the Global Goals and addressing global sustainable development.

For learning more and register for the award click here

For more information, please email Lydia Parnell, Programme Manager – International Corporate Community Investment at Business in the Community on lydia.parnell@bitc.org.uk

[1] http://www.undp.org/content/undp/en/home/sustainable-development-goals/background.html


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