Selection Process


The Judging Panel

Application Process

The Scoring Criteria

Scoring Categories Considering Factors Weighting
This award is for recognizing the best practice in corporate governance. The winning report will demonstrate leadership practice in board composition, structure and responsibility, ethics and integrity, risk management, and how sustainability is integrated into the reporting organization's governance.
  • The comprehensiveness and quality of governance disclosures
  • The Board oversight
  • Performance relating to sustainability strategy, risks and opportunities
Leadership Commitment
This award will go to a report demonstrating exceptional leadership by the senior-most executive, typically the CEO, of the reporting organization in addressing economic, environmental and social impacts, risks and opportunities and stewardship through the message from the management.
  • Level of the seniority of the management representative
  • A credible and authentic account of sustainability issues, performance, challenges and outlook, such as sustainability economic, environmental or social impacts
SDG Reporting
This award recognizes reports that clearly demonstrate how a company’s sustainability strategy supports the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The winning report goes beyond describing a high level of alignment with the SDGs overall. Instead, it should provide an in-depth account of the selected SDGs, providing a detailed review of which SDGs goals – and targets – are advanced through the organization's business and how it intends to amplify its positive impacts.
  • The rationale of how the SDGs are selected
  • Strategic integration with selected SDGs
  • Description of SDG targets supported
  • Plans to amplify impacts supporting SDGs
Materiality Reporting
This category is for recognizing the best practice in materiality assessment and disclosure. The winning report demonstrates the due process in identifying and prioritizing material impacts, why they are important and what the organization is doing to address them. The report clearly demonstrates an understanding of material impacts, risks and opportunities, and its strategies to deal with each of these. The report will also illustrate how it navigates various concepts of materiality to meet the information needs of its various stakeholders.
  • Details of the process by which material impacts were defined and prioritized
  • Description of organization's impacts on the environment, society and economy across the value chain
  • Description of the influence of material impacts on stakeholder views and opinions
  • Stakeholder engagement for identifying material impacts
  • Application of industry-specific materiality frameworks and benchmarks
  • Explanation of the importance of material impacts
  • Performance in addressing material impacts
Stakeholder Reporting
The award of this category will go to the report demonstrating the organization's strategies, goals and objectives in engaging with key stakeholders and using the engagement to develop effective sustainability programs. The framework for stakeholder engagement should be described, with evidence of real engagement with stakeholders presented at the same time.
  • The process for identifying and prioritizing stakeholders
  • Strategies and approaches adopted for engaging critical stakeholders
  • Goals and targets
  • Methods for measuring the effectiveness of engagement
  • The inclusion of stakeholder views in the report
  • How the organization has used stakeholder engagement in identifying sustainability topics for reporting
  • Outcome of stakeholder engagement including successes and failures
Climate Reporting
The reporting organization applies international standards and best practices for providing a credible account of its climate-related governance, risk management, strategy and metrics and targets. The report should provide comprehensive detail of the organization's measuring, monitoring, and reporting of its GHG emissions. In addition, the report discloses targets, plans and strategies of enhancing the transition to low-carbon operations, including reduction and mitigation.
  • The organization's commitment to the Science-Based Targets
  • The Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures (TCFD) recommendations and the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP)
  • Carbon mitigation strategy and targets
  • Detailed carbon footprint disclosure
  • Description of carbon mitigation practices
  • Details of carbon mitigation performance across all Scopes
Environmental Impact Reporting
The category celebrates the leading edge in environmental reporting by comprehensively considering the most material ecological impacts of the reporting organization. The winner demonstrates the strategic importance of its environmental initiatives to its business and its stakeholders, identifies specific environmental impacts and reports performance. Ideally, the report will disclose multi-year targets and performance.
  • Environmental strategy and management systems
  • Description of environmental impacts
  • Risks and opportunities
  • Explanation of environmental practices, targets and performance
Workplace Reporting
This award is for the report that reflects all the elements of active employee engagement and responsible workplace undertaken by the company and how these contribute to business success in a strategic way. The report covers the full range of workplace impacts on employees, including attraction, retention, training and development, compensation and benefits, safety, labour rights, occupational health and safety, labour and management relations, internal communications and employee engagement.
  • Responsible workplace strategy and targets
  • Description of workplace impacts on employees and the business
  • Description of key practices
  • Performance results, including employee surveys
Supply Chain Reporting
This award is for the most transparent and comprehensive supply chain disclosure. The winning report describes its supply chain, critical impacts along the supply chain, and ways the company ensures sustainable and ethical supply chain management. The best reports in this category will disclose specific steps taken to engage suppliers in ethical conduct and the results of social and environmental supplier assessments and interventions.
  • Description of the supply chain
  • Approach to sustainable procurement
  • Performance of suppliers against defined standards
  • Disclosure of measures taken to mitigate supply chain risk
Community Impact Reporting
This award goes to the winner who provided a coherent account of its community investment, impacts and the difference made. The winning report will link community investment to its broader role in the community at the local level and in society at a national, regional or global level. Community reporting should include philanthropic programs, employee volunteering and industry engagement and demonstrate how it meets identified social needs while contributing to business objectives. This category also includes specific engagement in disaster relief or emergency assistance where required.
  • Strategic alignment of community investment
  • Clear description of activities and investment in cash/kind
  • Measured reach and outcomes of community investment
  • Business benefits of community investment