Submission guidelines

The SBA has been developed as a tool for companies to assess their sustainability performance, whilst gaining recognition for their initiatives. Larger organisations have greater impacts across various areas and it is therefore important to assess an organisation’s performance in all these areas.

With the growing interest in the SBA, there has also been an increasing need to make the awards more accessible and relatable to a variety of organisations, such as SMEs and social enterprises. The SBA can help smaller organisations unlock value by identifying small changes that they can easily implement to create a better workplace or business environment.

The SBA caters for all types of organisations by identifying “core” questions that are relevant to the type of organisation. These core questions represent the minimum that the organisation should have in place across the 12 categories. If your organisation falls under this category, you must complete the core questions. While all other questions are optional, we would still encourage you to consider what is relevant to your organisation and respond to the optional questions as this would award you additional points. Responding to more questions, means your company will likely score more points and also demonstrates that your company is performing well.

The guidelines for large enterprises are as follows:

  • Must answer all CORE questions in all 12 categories
  • Companies are encouraged to answer the stretch questions which will provide the opportunity

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The guidelines for SMEs1 are as follows:

  • Must answer all CORE questions in the following categories: Strategy and Sustainability Management, Workforce, Community, Business Responsibility and Ethics.
  • Must answer all CORE questions in at least two (2) of the environmental categories: Energy management, Water management, Waste management or Climate Change.
  • Companies may opt to (and are encouraged to) answer other stretch questions and categories to score more points.

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The guidelines for social enterprises / NGOs2 are as follows:

  • Must answer all CORE questions in the following categories: Strategy and Sustainability Management, Workforce, Community, Business Responsibility and Ethics.
  • Optional: Environmental categories: Energy management, Water management, Waste management or Climate Change. If your company chooses to respond to an environmental category then all core questions in that category must be answered.
  • Companies may opt to (and are encouraged to) answer other stretch questions and categories to score more points.

1Country-specific definitions of SMEs

 

Indonesia:

An enterprise that has net assets up to a maximum amount of Rp.10,000,000,000.00 (ten billion Rupiah), exclusive of land and building of their place of business; or having maximum annual sales proceeds of up to Rp.50,000,000,000.00 (fifty billion Rupiah).

 

Malaysia:

(a) For the manufacturing sector, SMEs are defined as firms with sales turnover not exceeding RM50 million OR number of full-time employees not exceeding 200.

(b) For the services and other sectors, SMEs are defined as firms with sales turnover not exceeding RM20 million OR number of full-time employees not exceeding 75.

 

Philippines:

Any enterprise with 10 to 199 employees and/or assets valued from P3 million to P100 million

 

Singapore:

Companies with at least 30% local shareholding; AND group annual sales turnover of not more than $100 million OR Group employment size of not more than 200 employees.

 

Thailand:

(a) For the manufacturing and service sectors, SMEs are defined as having not more than 200 employees or fixed assets (excluding land) of less than Baht 200 million

(b) For the wholesale trade sector, SMEs are defined as having not more than 50 employees or fixed assets of less than Baht 100 million

(c) For the retail sector, SMEs are defined as having not more than 30 employees or fixed assets of less than Baht 60 million.

 

Vietnam:

(a) For the agriculture, forestry and fishery sectors, SMEs are defined as having less than VND 100 billion in total capital OR less than 300 employees.

(b) For the industry and construction sectors, SMEs are defined as having less than VND 100 billion in total capital OR less than 300 employees.

(c) For the trade and services sectors, SMEs are defined as having less than VND 50 billion in total capital OR less than 100 employees.

If your company is defined as an SME, please enter under the SME section and read the guidelines for participation carefully.

2 Definition of social enterprises and NGOs

  • Social enterprises are defined as typically small organisations whose business has specific objectives to maximize benefits to society and/or the environment. 
  • NGOs are organisations that operate independently of any government and whose purpose is to address an environmental, social or political issue.

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