Submitted by World Environment Center
Nominations are now being accepted for candidates for the World Environment Center (WEC) 2016 Gold Medal for International Corporate Achievement in Sustainable Development. The Gold Medal Award is presented annually to a global company that demonstrates systemic commitment to sustainability in business practice.
Nominations must be submitted by Friday, August 21, 2015 through WEC's website. Self-nominations are welcome. WEC membership is not required as a criterion for submitting a nomination.
Now in its 32nd year, the WEC Gold Medal Award is the most prestigious recognition of a global company's contributions to sustainability, as embodied by the winning company’s global engagement and ongoing commitment to sustainable development. An independent jury of international experts in business and sustainability selects the Gold Medal awardee. Please note that the 2016 criteria have been updated for this current award cycle.
SC Johnson was the recipient of the 2015 Gold Medal Award, recognized for its comprehensive, company-wide focus on sustainability and transparency initiatives, and capped off by its rigorous Greenlist™ process to improve product ingredients. Chairman and CEO H. Fisk Johnson III was on hand to accept the award at the Gold Medal Gala on May 14, 2015, and delivered a memorable and heartfelt speech. The following day’s Gold Medal Colloquium focused on the role of business in the run-up to COP21 in Paris in December.
Previous recent recipients of the WEC Gold Medal Award include: Volkswagen (2014), Unilever (2013), IBM (2012), Nestlé (2011), Walmart (2010), The Coca-Cola Company (2009), Marks & Spencer (2008), Alcan (2007), ABN AMRO Bank (2006), Starbucks (2005), Johnson Controls Inc. (2004), Ricoh Group Ltd. (2003), CEMEX (2002), and The Royal Dutch/Shell Group (2001).
About World Environment Center
WEC is an independent, global non-profit, non-advocacy organization that advances sustainable development through the business practices and operations of its member companies and in partnership with governments, multi-lateral organizations, non-governmental organizations, universities and other stakeholders. WEC’s mission is to promote business and societal value by advancing solutions to sustainable development-related problems. It manages projects for companies across their global operations, builds executive level learning and competency in incorporating sustainable development principles across a number of business sectors, and recognizes performance excellence through an annual awards program. WEC is headquartered in Washington, D.C., with regional offices in China, El Salvador and Germany.
The World Environment Center (WEC) is an independent, not-for-profit, non-advocacy organization. Working with the private sector, international organizations, non-governmental organizations and academia, the WEC promotes sustainable development by encouraging leadership, improving health and safety practices worldwide, and fostering the efficient use of natural resources to protect the global environment. The WEC supports its mission through three central programs: the International Environment Forum (IEF); the WEC Gold Medal Award; and Capacity Building for the Environment programs.
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