Readers, cast your votes.
The Guardian Sustainable Business Awards are not just about recognising organisations driving change, we want to reward individuals too. Today we’re opening reader nominations for two special awards.
Business leader of the year 2017
This award will be given to a leader who has shown dedication and bravery in progressing the sustainable business agenda, both within their own organisation and sector as a whole. Find out who won last year.
Unsung hero of the year 2017
This award is for an employee in the engine room of sustainability who has gone beyond the call of duty to drive change in their organisation, and perhaps has not been given the credit deserved. Find out who won last year.
How does the nomination process work?
Nominations will close on 14 July and a shortlist will be created. Readers will then have a chance to vote for the winner. The nominees must work for an organisation with a place of business or registered office in the UK.
Five reasons to enter the 2017 Guardian Sustainable Business Awards
The opportunity to be featured online and more …
Winners will have an in-depth profile published on Guardian Sustainable Business and will also be added to the sustainability case studies database. Runners-up will have their names published online. Your work will be seen by those who really matter.
2. An opportunity to celebrate
Every shortlisted entrant is given three free tickets to attend the awards ceremony, which has quickly become an institution in the sustainable business calendar, offering a great opportunity to network and celebrate with colleagues new and old.
3. Rewarding your team
Working in sustainability can be a tough job, and an award from one of the world’s most authoritative voices on sustainability helps make the hard work worth it.
4. Get your work in front of the people that matter
Our judges are some of the world’s most influential sustainability thinkers and doers. Even if you don’t win, this is great way to make them aware of your work.
5. Make an impression
Winning a Guardian award is different. The recognition helps gain cut-through internally and raises your profile externally.
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