National Categories

National Categories

34th NATIONAL BANKSIA SUSTAINABILITY AWARD CATEGORIES

Australia’s longest-running and most prestigious sustainability awards recognise leadership in biodiversity, climate change, and First Nations people, reinforcing the diversity of sustainability with over 15 categories.

Please download your chosen category’s corresponding entry kit. The entry kit will guide you through the category criteria and application structure, as well as the entry and judging process. Submit your entry through our online portal.

Entries are now open and close on the 13th of December 2022.

Watch the recorded Information Session to gain additional insight into your entry and awards process.

Agriculture and Regional Development Award

The Agriculture and Regional Development Award recognises outstanding achievements by businesses, organisations, government bodies, and individuals that facilitate adaptation and mitigation strategies across regional Australia to support thriving and resilient communities.

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Biodiversity Award

The Biodiversity Award recognises outstanding initiatives by an organisation or organisations in collaboration that work to conserve, protect, and restore our habitat, flora, and/or fauna to ensure Australia’s ecosystems are secured and flourish for future generations.

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Circular Transition Award

The Circular Transition Award recognises outstanding achievements [by companies or individuals] in innovative design in waste and pollution systems, products, and regenerating strategies. Successful entrants will have pushed for a more circular system and/or adopted technology, initiatives or commenced projects or partnerships that have unleashed circular solutions.

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Diversity and Inclusion Award

The Diversity and Inclusion Award recognises outstanding achievements by individuals, businesses, and organisations who campaign and facilitate the inclusion of people from all genders, races, ages, religions, cultures, orientations, classes, and physical and mental abilities.

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Ethical Sourcing Award

The Ethical Sourcing Award recognises outstanding achievements in initiatives, programs, and processes by individuals, procurement teams, or companies in partnerships that facilitate sustainable and economical solutions throughout supply chains across Australia and beyond.

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First Nations Leading a Sustainable Future Award

The First Nations Leading a Sustainable Future Award recognises indigenous owned and operated community groups and/or individuals leading the way in creating a movement towards a sustainable future by embracing the knowledge and respect for our Indigenous history, culture, the care of land and waterways, supporting communities to enhance wellbeing, education, and long-term economic growth, whilst delivering against any one of the SDGs.

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Future Places Award

The Future Places Award recognises outstanding initiatives in design, energy-efficient builds and/or significant, technological inventions, transport, and mobility solutions that exhibit progress towards a future where cities and citizens are resilient and thrive in their communities and environment.

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Health and Wellbeing Award

The Health and Wellbeing Award recognises outstanding achievements towards sustainably enhancing physical and mental health and wellbeing across all individuals, groups, and communities within Australia. The Award will consider the intimate connection between the long-term health and wellbeing of people and the quality of the natural environment.

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Large Business Sustainable Leadership Award

The Large Business Sustainable Leadership Award recognises outstanding achievements that work towards SDG targets by integrating sustainability principles and practices across business activities in this critical decade.

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Marketing and Communications for Impact Award

The Marketing and Communications for Impact Award recognises outstanding initiatives by an organisation using internal and external communication and/or marketing, advertising, public relations, or social media campaign tactics. These initiatives should have measurably delivered positive social or environmental change either within an organisation or across Australia.

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Net Zero Leadership Award

The Net Zero Leadership Award recognises organisations that can demonstrate how they are leading the way in net zero action, acting on the sense of urgency required to reach reductions across emissions, water, waste, and consumption. This can be through a publicly communicated net zero commitment, partnerships, plus data, disclosures, and investments to support it.

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SME Sustainable Leadership Award

The Small and Medium Enterprise Sustainable Leadership Award recognises outstanding achievements that demonstrate business values that align with the SDGs by integrating sustainability principles and practices across business activities and outcomes, whether as a for profit or for purpose organisation.

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Sustainable Leadership in the eCommerce & reCommerce Industry Award

The Sustainable Leadership in the eCommerce & reCommerce Industry Award seeks to recognise online and/or multichannel retailers who are leading the way in sustainability by demonstrating innovation throughout their value chain and the various ways they’re improving their practices. This can be through emissions reduction, packaging and circularity of packaging, product innovation, circularity of product, and ethical sourcing.

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Sustainable Tourism Award

The Sustainable Tourism Award recognises outstanding achievements by an organisation or organisations in collaboration in championing the protection, conservation, and regeneration of the environment they operate in and/or the protection of the natural environment across Australia, securing, nurturing, and supporting the economic and physical wellbeing of community and culture, both indigenous and local.

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Young Changemakers Award

The Young Changemakers Award recognises young innovators under 30 who bring fresh perspectives, bold ideas, and compelling initiatives that align with any of the SDGs.

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WHAT OUR PAST WINNERS AND FINALISTS HAVE TO SAY

Winning the prestigious Banksia Award Community and Charity 2020 has been just the boost that MK needed. It has reinvigorated our small team and our supporters, but more importantly it has shone a spotlight on the young people who are the drivers of all MK programs. The award has legitimised our process by validating the projects developed by our young people to make the world a better place. Young people can make a difference with the right support and mentoring.”

Catrina Aniere – Millennium kids Winner, 2020, Banksia Award Community and Charity, and People’s Choice

“It’s the highest sustainability honour In Australia and not something we ever expected as a TV show and production company! We’re overwhelmed by the acknowledgement by the people and companies in the sustainability community”

War on Waste, Winner, 2017, Communication for Change Award and Gold Award

“After winning the Banksia Sustainability Award, the GlamCorner team felt an even greater responsibility to ensure we made ourselves worthy of and accountable for such recognition. This milestone was a galvanising force for our team to stay the course on our mission to revolutionise the way fashion Is consumed and to continue to align our business goals with those of the UN WC’s” – GlamCorner, Winner, 2018, Medium Business Award

 

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