Q: What are the Sustainable Business Awards?

A: The SBAs aim to increase awareness of sustainable business best-practices and demonstrate how sustainable business benefits companies, the environment and all stakeholders, today and for the future.


Q: How many category winners are there in the Sustainable Business Awards?

A: There are 12 categories and several special categories.


Q: What are the categories?

A: There are awards for 12 categories and several special awards. The 12 categories are:

  1. Strategy and sustainability management
  2. Workforce
  3. Community
  4. Energy management
  5. Water management
  6. Waste and material productivity
  7. Climate Change
  8. Supply Chain Management
  9. Land Use and Biodiversity
  10. Business Responsibility and Ethics
  11. Stakeholder Engagement and Materiality
  12. UN Sustainable Development Goals

The special awards are:

Overall winner

Best Newcomer

Best SME

Cooling Efficiency (Indonesia only)

Best Public Sector Service Award


Q: How long have the Sustainable Business Awards been in existence?

A: The SBA was founded in 2012 and has been conducted in multiple South East Asian Countries.


Q: What is the judging process?

A: Finalists will be selected from among all entries based on scores of the completed questionnaires and its supporting data. These finalists are presented to the Nation Advisory Panel to give input on the final winners. Please check the Awards process here http://sustainablebusinessawards.com/about/


Q: Who makes up the National Advisory Panels for the awards?

A: The SBA National Advisory Panels comprise sustainability experts and leaders from different stakeholder groups such as the government, academia and NGOs, who are very familiar with the national business landscape.


Q: What do winners receive?

A: The winners are recognized at an awards ceremony where they will be awarded a trophy for each category that they win. In addition, there will be considerable media coverage and visibility at the awards ceremony.


Q: Where can I find a list of past winners of SBA?

A: Please check http://sustainablebusinessawards.com/winners/


Q: What are the benefits of participating in the SBAs?

A: Participating in the SBAs helps companies identify gaps and opportunities in their sustainability journey. It also provides a benchmark against peers in the country.


Q: What sort of publicity can SBA winners expect to receive?

A: The Awards' public relations agency will generate national, regional, and local exposure for SBA winners through videos and online press.


Q: Who can be nominated or submit entries?

A: Any registered companies in Singapore, Malaysia and Indonesia.


Q: When is the submission deadline?

A: The deadline to complete the SBA in the respective countries are"

  • Singapore: Wednesday, 20 June 2018
  • Indonesia: Monday, 23 July 2018
  • Malaysia: Monday, 15 October 2018


Q: Are there entry fees?

A: No. Entering the awards is free.


Q: Who sponsors the SBA?

A: Depending on the country and location, the venues hosting the award ceremony can sponsor the gala dinner to highlight their commitment to sustainability. If your company is interested in partnering with Global Initiatives on the SBA, please contact us at social@globalinitiatives.com

The companies who win the awards are also required to attend the inauguration and to purchase a table (of 8 people including dinner) as support for the award ceremony organisation.


Q: Are entry forms kept confidential?

A: Yes. The organisers ensure that only the authorized team and panel will review entries, and that information about nominees is not released to anyone else without prior approval


Q: When will the awards ceremony take place?

A: The award ceremonies are expected to take place on:

  • Singapore: Thursday, 26 July 2018, 7pm at the Fullerton Hotel
  • Indonesia: Monday, 7 January 2019, 5.30pm at Mandarin Oriental Jakarta
  • Malaysia: Tuesday, 29 January 2019, 6.30pm at Hilton Kuala Lumpur


Q: What will it cost to attend the awards dinner?

A: To attend the awards inauguration, winning companies are required to book a table in advance.

  • Singapore: Per table: S$3,000
  • Indonesia: Per table: US$2,600
  • Malaysia: Per table: RM8,000