I am honored to be invited to judge on this award panel.
The reason why I agreed is that it focuses on ‘significance’ as one of the measures of success – highlighting impact, as opposed to output and outcomes.
It gives equal priority to the environment and societal well-being. It also walks the talk by inviting nominations from both ‘for-profit’ and ‘not -for profit organizations, including charities.
PEOPLE and businesses that have made a significant positive difference to the environment and community – not just talked about it – could soon earn recognition for their achievements.
The Business Times (BT) and UOB on Wednesday (Feb 1) opened nominations for the inaugural Sustainability Impact Awards, which were inspired by what BT editor Chen Huifen described as an attempt to combat the burnishing of sustainability credentials commonly termed as “greenwashing”.
“Sustainability, while not a new agenda, has for some time been treated as a box-checking exercise,” she said. “More companies are pushing out sustainability reports, yet greenwashing is also becoming a growing concern. We are thus delighted that UOB is taking the lead in supporting the Sustainability Impact Awards. This will hopefully help us to separate the wheat from the chaff.”