Green Awards 2014

Are you actively pursuing green initiatives in wine, spirits, beer, cider or soft drinks? Does anyone really know what you are doing?

The Drinks Business Green Awards 2014 is the world’s largest programme to raise awareness of green issues in the drinks trade and recognise and reward those who are leading the way in sustainability and environmental performance. As a winner, you receive third-party credibility judged by our independent panel of sustainability and drinks industry experts, and unrivalled recognition on a national and international scale. This year’s Green Awards encourage companies to decrease their impact on the environment and provides the international exposure these companies deserve. In every country and in every aspect we want to know what you are doing to tackle issues surrounding: water management / biodiversity / community / environmental training / supply chain efficiencies /how you are addressing the pressing challenges of global sustainability facing our industry. Every green initiative counts. If you have an environmentally friendly project or brand, enter now and let us help spread the word.

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This award will be given to the individual who has excelled in recent years, and particularly in the last 12 months, in furthering environmental causes within the industry or their company. The winning candidate will have demonstrated their belief and commitment to all matters related to the environment and improving their, the industry’s or their company’s impact upon it. He or she will ideally also have worked to bring their concerns regarding environmental matters to a broader audience within their field and/or area of interest. In short the winning candidate will be able to prove that by their actions and initiatives they are setting the standard in promoting better practice with regard to the environment at every level.


Awarded to the retailer who can best demonstrate how business practices have had a direct impact on improving their and their suppliers’ environmental credentials within the area of drinks retailing. The winner will be able to clearly show how it has worked with both suppliers and consumers to introduce new, more environmentally friendly products or initiatives to improve not only its carbon footprint but also to inform and educate the consumer about adopting and adapting to greener purchasing habits. Initiatives might include, for example, alternative packaging projects, the introduction of a wider range of organic or sustainably farmed products or changes in supply chain and recycling operations to reduce emissions. The Green Retailer of the Year will be able to demonstrate its commitment to improving its green credentials and those of whom its buys from and sells to.


With increasing focus being put on carbon footprints and emissions, drinks companies’ logistics and supply chain operations are under pressure to manage their environmental impact. Whether a transport initiative or a commitment to improve green credentials, this award will be given to a drinks company’s supply chain or logistics programme that has significantly reduced or improved its impact upon the environment in the last 12 months.


This will be awarded to the brand team for the launch of a product that has promoted an environmentally friendly cause and has environmental and sustainable issues at its core within the last 12 months. Whether produced organically or made from sustainably produced materials, carbon neutral or associated with a specific environmental project, this product will clearly demonstrate its green credentials and the benefits it has brought about in reducing its environmental impact during production. The Best Green Launch Award can be for a wine, beer, spirit or soft drink and will already have caught the attention of retail buyers with its potential to catch the imagination of the consumer.


Awarded to the company that has demonstrated its commitment to the environment in changing and improving its business practice to better its carbon footprint. It will have improved its own direct impact on the surrounding environment and promoted this effectively to a wider audience, whether trade or consumer facing. The judges will be looking for a clear demonstration of the ways in which your company has sought to better its green credentials over the last three years, with particular focus on activities undertaken in the last 12 months. Improvements in any area of the company will be considered, as long as this is part of general move within your company to move towards a more “green aware” culture in the way in which you and your employees go about your day-to-day business.


Awarded to a company or product whose foundations are firmly based in, and dedicated to, the community and/or environment where they are based. The Ethical Award will consider all types of activities related to improving and benefiting the surrounding community; be it funding education, bringing clean water to communities or promoting improved environmental practices. It will also recognise the efforts of the winning company, or brand, in carrying out best ethical practices in their day-to-day business by analysing the direct benefits of any project and its success in accomplishing its objectives.


Every winery or distillery now has to take sustainable practices into consideration when it comes to production. Indeed so necessary are these concerns that generic promotional bodies are working to drive change for their countries’ producers. This award will recognise the efforts made by one company, generic or brand to employ the most efficient and effective sustainable practices in their business whether in the production facilities or in their agricultural practices. Judges will take into account all aspects of production where waste management, recycling and sustainable practices have been improved in the last three years and more particularly in the last 12 months. The winner might be a brand owner, a wine, beer or spirits producer, a major multinational or generic body and will be able to easily show their drive to improve the environmental impact of the way in which their products are made. In addition this year the judges will only be considering like with like e.g. a brand will not be judged in the same category as an entire company, generic campaigns will be judged against their peers. This will include adherence to natural solutions such as cork closures.


The person winning this award will have excelled throughout their career in furthering environmental, sustainable or ethical practices in the drinks industry to the benefit and education of others. This individual will have dedicated a significant part of their working life to environmental and/or ethical causes. Whether in areas of production, marketing or management this individual will have a dedication to all matters green or ethical and will have sought to introduce a culture of best practice in these areas where ever they have been able to have some influence.

ENTRY FEE – £179 per entry

Competition now closed for new entries
Deadline: Tuesday, 8th April 2014

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