Below are a few useful tips and pieces of advice directly from the judges to hopefully help you create a successful entry.
Please note that our judges are volunteers and kindly give up their valuable time to judge the high number of entries we receive. Because of this individual feedback on your entry is not possible, so to give yourself the best opportunity make sure you read the below information careful and familiarise yourself with what the judging panel will be looking out for when they convene to review your entry!
When writing your entry, bear in mind the following questions:
- How did you research and scope the initiative before you started?
- What did you initially investigate or reject and why?
- What was the budget? (And how much did it actually cost?)
- What was the proposed timescale? (And how long did it actually take?)
- What were your benchmarks for success and what targets did you set yourselves?
- What did it involve and how was it implemented?
- How many suppliers were involved and who were they?
- Why were they selected?
- What disruption to operations did you anticipate?
- What was put in place to mitigate that?
- Did those measures work?
- What has been the payback?
- How is it performing against target?
- What would you do differently?
- What have you learned?
- Why is this deserving of an edie Sustainability Leaders Award?
DO YOUR HOMEWORK
Research your potential entry – are there similar products or systems already in place or on the market? If so, how does yours compare? Find out and draw on these comparisons in your entry. This will impress the judges far more than you just assuming you are the ‘first’, or not knowing that similar products exist.
CREATE A STRONG OPENING SUMMARY
The judges have hundreds of entries to look through and you may have included lots of impressive facts and figures further into your entry, but burying your best bits is not a good idea – talk about them up front. A summary should be just that – summarise your entry with key facts and figures in a brief paragraph to grab the judges’ attention from the first line.
PROVIDE ALL THE NECESSARY INFORMATION
If you are submitting an entry from a larger organisation, do not assume the judges already know your operations, business or product. Smaller or lesser known organisations will sometimes submit far more detailed entries giving background information and statistics to help put their entry into perspective.
USE FACTS & FIGURES
Year on year our judges come back to us with the same comments: why don’t entrants tell us the figures? Financial savings, implementation costs, industry comparisons, year-on- year internal evaluations, before and after figures, overall statistics, results…all are massively important when it comes to reviewing your entry.
USE THE RIGHT LANGUAGE
Write your entry in plain English – marketing hyperbole will not impress the judges, nor will incredibly detailed technical information unless completely pertinent to the entry. Bullet points are a great way of communicating key information points in a short and ‘to the point’ way. A well-crafted entry should also include facts and figures that back up your statements. You can submit images, graphs and reports as part of your ‘Supporting materials’ and these may well be used to determine a winner where two or more finalists are level-pegging in the judges’ eyes…
INCLUDE IMPACT AND RESULTS
You may have the perfect project or product, but if you do not back this up with the impact it has had and/or results it has driven the judges cannot determine how successful your entry has been.
"A HIGH IMPACT ENTRY DOES NOT NECESSARILY MEAN A HIGHER SCORE!"
When submitting your entry remember to include the little things as well as the high impact results –the judges want to hear all the impacts and effects and they know that not all of them will be on a global scale. They are just as interested in positive impacts on the local community and environment.
GIVE YOURSELF PLENTY OF TIME TO COMPLETE YOUR ENTRY SO YOU CAN INCORPORATE ALL THE ABOVE POINTS!
The entry deadline is always well published, including any changes or extensions to the deadline. You can also look at the criteria for each category before you enter by go to the ‘CATEGORIES & CRITERIA’ page, so familiarise yourself with the questions and requirements before you enter, do your research and be select about what you submit. Good luck with your entries and if you have any further questions regarding the entry process please contact us using the links on the 'CONTACT US' page.
The Sustainability Leaders Awards are included in the highly regarded RSA accreditation scheme - one of only a handful of environmental schemes to be chosen for this honour. This means that award winners have the opportunity to gain further accolades on the international stage, as they are automatically given access to the European Business Awards for the Environment.