National Categories

National Categories

BANKSIA AWARDS CATEGORIES

The Banksia Awards reflect the goals of the Banksia Foundation. By aligning with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), we aim to create sustainable solutions for poverty-free and equitable communities.

Entries close on the 15th of December 2021!

Entry Kit
Communications for Impact Award

The Communications for Impact Award recognises outstanding initiatives by an organisation using internal engagement, external communication, online marketing or social media campaign that has measurably delivered positive social or environmental change inspire, either within an organisation or across Australia.

Criteria

Entries will be considered over a 2- to 5- year timescale, but activity during 2019- 2021 must be demonstrated.

Criteria for winning this award requires the winning recipient to show achievements in creating public advertising or private / public educational campaigns that share a sustainability journey, inform customers, drive change through innovative platforms, engage others, and campaign for a better and brighter future.

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Clean Technology Award

The Clean Technology Award recognises outstanding initiatives by an organisation or business that showcase efficient resources through renewable energy, low emissions technology, and appreciable pollution reduction (beyond compliance) of Australia’s water, air, and land.

Criteria

Entries will be considered over a 2- to 5- year timescale, but activity during 2019- 2021 must be demonstrated.

Criteria for winning this award requires the winning recipient/s to highlight verified or audited achievements in creating eco-efficient and economic systems, emission-free alternatives, bio-based technologies, and transparent (publicly accessible) repurposing methodology.

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Biodiversity Award

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

Criteria

Entries will be considered over a 2- to 5- year timescale, but activity during 2019- 2021 must be demonstrated.

Criteria for winning this award requires the winning recipient/s to highlight measurable achievements in preventing the exploitation of species, assisting in plant, animal and water conservation and initiatives that protect Australian biodiversity through scientific, technological, and/or educational pursuits.

There needs to be clear documentation as to how a regenerative approach to nature runs throughout the business or organisation, and identifiable metrics as to how this approach will benefit the business or organisation. Data, investments and alignment at board-level are critical.

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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.

Criteria

Entries will be considered over a 2- to 5-year timescale, but activity during 2019- 2021 must be demonstrated.

Criteria for winning this award should highlight initiatives that demonstrate the incremental positive impact of their tourism business on the environment, culture and community they operate in, efforts to eliminate the negative impacts of tourism, and the creation of economic and other measures of positive value for the environment and communities.

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Future Cities Award

Criteria for winning this award should highlight designers, energy-efficient projects, technological inventions, transport, and mobility solutions that exhibit progress towards a future where cities and citizens thrive.

Criteria

Entries will be considered over a 2- to 5- year timescale, but activity during 2019- 2021 must be demonstrated.

Criteria for winning this award should highlight designers, energy-efficient projects, technological inventions, transport, and mobility solutions that exhibit progress towards a future where cities and citizens thrive.

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Health and Wellbeing Award

The Health and Wellbeing Award recognises outstanding achievements towards promoting increased awareness and support for physical and mental health and wellbeing needs across a diverse range of individuals, groups, and communities within Australia.

Criteria

Entries will be considered over a 2- to 5- year timescale, but activity during 2019- 2021 must be demonstrated.

Criteria for winning this award should highlight practical and technological solutions that promote healthy lives and wellbeing for Australians of all ages, including new programs or technology that has been developed for the those who have been affected by the Covid-19 global pandemic.

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Ethical Sourcing Award

Criteria for winning this award highlights the incorporation of an influential social or environmental goal into core business models and the commercial objectives; initiatives undertaken by supply chains and networks to minimise their carbon footprint, use minimal resources, aim to eradicate slave labour, promote fair trade and develop energy-efficient processes.

Criteria

Entries will be considered over a 2- to 5- year timescale, but activity during 2019- 2021 must be demonstrated.

Criteria for winning this award highlights the incorporation of an influential social or environmental goal into core business models and the commercial objectives, in conjunction to initiatives undertaken by supply chains and networks that minimise their carbon footprint, use minimal resources, aim to eradicate slave labour, promote fair trade and develop energy-efficient processes.

Entrants would be expository in mapping their supply chain, communicating expectations, baselining supplier performance, developing training or capacity building programs and driving performance improvement, all while joining industry collaboration.

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Agriculture and Regional Development Award

The Agriculture and Regional Development Award recognises outstanding achievements by businesses, organisations, government bodies and individuals that facilitate sustainable strategies across regional Australia.

Criteria

Entries will be considered over a 2-to- 5-year timescale, but activity during 2019- 2021 must be demonstrated.

Criteria for winning this award should highlighs positive action towards agroecology in regional Australia, including water use, farming planning and management, biodiversity, land planning and development, and environmental preservation.

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Circular Transition Award

The Circular Transition Award recognises outstanding achievements in innovative design in; waste and pollution systems, products, and regenerating strategies. Successful entrants will have adopted technology, initiatives or commenced projects that help their business move from a linear to a circular model.

Criteria

Entries will be considered over a 2- to 5- year timescale, but activity during 2019- 2021 must be demonstrated.

Criteria for winning this award should highlight:

  • Projects that help maintain a harmonious relationship with nature to create a sustainable Circular Economy.
  • The importance of data, disclosures and investments that showcase this new circular ambition for the business.
  • A clear pathway indicating how this new approach can be scaled across the business, and potentially a sector, industry or system as a whole,

Entries will highlight:

  • Innovation and ambitions to build a fully circular model with clear stakeholder buy-in;
  • Evidence that the strategy can be scaled across the business industry;
  • Qualitative and quantitative results evidencing how this has positively impacted the business and the SDGs
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Diversity Award

The Diversity 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, physical and mental abilities.

Criteria

Entries will be considered over a 2- to 5- year timescale, but activity during 2019- 2021 must be demonstrated.

Criteria for winning this award highlights;

  • initiatives that facilitate understanding, implement equal opportunities, identity choice, representation and the unification of large communities and marginal groups to promote inclusiveness and a strong sense of belonging.
  • evidence to how the inclusiveness of the diversity approach is incorporated into all levels of the organisation from entry level positions to key stakeholders.

This award will go to a project or initiative that best demonstrates measurable impact in promoting progressive diversity, with the goal towards a fair and equal society. There must be data, disclosures and investments that support this ambition, as well as evidence of a supporting governance structure, featuring incentives and business objectives.

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Net Zero Action Award

The Net Zero Action Award recognises organisations that can demonstrate a tangible program or initiative that evidences transition toward net-zero across emissions, waste and consumption. This can be through a publicly communicated net zero commitment, plus data, disclosures and investments to support it.

Criteria

Entries will be considered over a 2- to 5- year timescale, but activity during 2019- 2021 must be demonstrated.

Criteria for winning this award should highlight:

  • innovations and investments (private, public, community) to create a clean energy transition
  • metrics and data that showcase how the program or initiative is on track to hit its Net Zero target
  • evidence highlighting the positive impact on communities with wider environmental goals for Australia.
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Small, Medium Enterprises Transformation Award

The Small, Medium Enterprise Award recognises outstanding achievements that demonstrate business and values alignment with multiple UN Sustainable Development Goals and by integrating sustainability principles and practices across business activities, whether as a for profit or for purpose organisation.

Criteria

Entries will be considered over a 2- to 5- year timescale, but activity during 2019- 2021 must be demonstrated.

Criteria for winning this award should highlight businesses from all market sectors, that use the UN SDGs as their benchmark for implementing sustainable solutions across their business including corporate mapping of positive and negative impacts and reporting strategies.

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Large Business Transformation Award

The Large Business Transformation Award recognises outstanding achievements that demonstrate business and values alignment with multiple UN Sustainable Development Goals and by integrating sustainability principles and practices across business activities.

Criteria

Criteria for winning this award highlights how the large business aligns with multiple or all the UN SDGs; implements a robust ethical culture, facilitates positive social Impact, uses fair trade systems, a transparent supply chain, promotes and supports equal opportunities, sustainable and environmental planning and reporting (including positive and negative impacts).

Entries will highlight;

  • an SDG framework in a company’s business model, board of director governance or strategy which incorporates consistent, ESG led decision-making process spanning across multiple functions such as innovation, investor relations, R&D
  • evidence of how the needs of stakeholders(other than shareholders) is core to their transformed business
  • metrics (including targets) showcasing positive social or environmental impacts, evidence of mitigating or avoiding negative impacts that highlight the opportunity to scale and deliver transformational change
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Youth as our Changemakers Award

The Youth as our Changemakers Award recognises young innovators aged between 18 – 35 years, who bring fresh perspectives, bold ideas and compelling initiatives that align with any or the multiple UN SDGs.

Criteria

Entries will be considered over a 2- to 5- year timescale, but activity during 2019-2021 must be demonstrated.

Criteria for winning this award should highlight the passion and action of our future leaders that bring sustainable solutions to current social and environmental issues and a platform to share their learnings and inspire others.

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Indigenous Award

The Indigenous Award recognises leadership and innovation in sharing 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.

Criteria

Entries will be considered over a 2- to 5- year timescale, but activity during 2019 –2021 must be demonstrated.

Criteria for winning this award should highlight the importance of the positive social impacts that benefit Indigenous people, natural resource management and heritage, and cultural preservation strategies.

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Ignite Award – Innovation for Our Sustainable Future

The Inaugural Banksia Ignite Award encourages innovation and new ideas so that we provide momentum for sustainability to flourish around Australia.

Banksia Ignite is looking for the inspiration behind new products, processes, services and technologies that contribute to the development and well-being of human needs and institutions while respecting the world’s natural resources and regenerative capacity.

It is for the best projects, ideas and initiatives that don’t yet have the results, resources or funding!

The Banksia Gold Award

The Banksia Gold Award, recognises ‘the best of the best’ and highlights the outstanding achievements by the overall winner from all Banksia award categories.

This award celebrates leaders who are pioneering new ideas and actions which challenge the status quo within the Australian community.

The accolade honour will go to an outstanding person or business leader that has demonstrated inspiring, motivational, and passionate work with a clear commitment to long-term impacts.

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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