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Reaping rewards through awards

At the start of a new year, it is always good to look back over what you’ve achieved and make plans for the future. When we talk to businesses about their communications, one of the most frequent regrets is that they haven’t communicated their sustainability achievements as well as they could have. Well, this year why not make it a resolution to get the recognition you deserve by entering your company for an award.

Being nominated or winning an award can help establish your reputation as a responsible business and gives credibility to your claims with stakeholders. Winning an award can also be a great door-opener for smaller innovative businesses, helping to establish their brand and providing a useful communications tool. Even for established businesses, winning an award is an important employee engagement tool, creating motivation and a sense of pride in employees.

In the UK, there is a thriving award community that helps to profile the innovative and leading work that businesses are doing on sustainability. In fact there are over 400 award schemes in the UK alone that focus on sustainability achievements. The sheer number of schemes makes it difficult to know where to start, which is why the RSA (Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce) established accreditation scheme for environment and sustainability awards. IMS Consulting manages the scheme, which helps to simplify the choice for applicants by providing a mark of quality for those awards that meet a robust set of criteria that demonstrate quality and validity.

By entering an RSA accredited award scheme, you also will have the opportunity to enter the European Business Awards for the Environment that is held every two years. Winners and runner-up from UK accredited schemes are invited to enter the prestigious EBAE, which can pay massive dividends for your company. Over the past decade, UK entrants have won more EBAE awards than any other country.

If you’re looking back over your work last year and feel proud of what you’ve achieved, we’ve produced a series of free to download handy guides, available on the RSA accreditation website, to help you get started on your path to recognition.

The RSA Accreditation scheme is managed in the UK by IMS Consulting (Europe) Ltd. IMS also represent the UK on the European Business Awards for the Environment (EBAE) Steering Group.

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