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.

Our Rationale

Besides being an award that gives recognition to companies for their initiatives, the SBA is a tool for companies to assess their sustainability performance. Our submission guidelines ensure that corporations, regardless of size and type, have equal access to the awards and are fairly assessed. Larger organisations have far-reaching impacts across all areas and are therefore assessed across our 12 categories.

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.

Our Guidelines

Large Enterprises

(1) Must answer all CORE questions in all 12 categories.

(2) Companies are encouraged to answer the stretch questions which will provide the opportunity.

SMEs

(1) Must answer all CORE questions in the following categories: Strategy and Sustainability Management, Workforce, Community, Business Responsibility and Ethics.

(2) Must answer all CORE questions in at least two of the environmental categories: Energy management, Water management, Waste management or Climate Change.

(3) Companies may opt to (and are encouraged to) answer other stretch questions and categories to score more points.

SOCIAL ENTERPRISES/NGOs

(1) Must answer all CORE questions in the following categories: Strategy and Sustainability Management, Workforce, Community, Business Responsibility and Ethics.

(2) 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.

(3) Companies may opt to (and are encouraged to) answer other stretch questions and categories to score more points.

Country-specific definitions of large enterprises

Indonesia

In Indonesia’s National Entrepreneurship Draft Bill, social enterprise is defined as a venture that has a vision and mission to solve social problems and/or promote positive changes to the welfare of society and the environment through activities that have measurable impact, and which reinvests the majority of its profit to support the mission.

Thailand

According to the Royal Decree on Tax Exemption (No. 621): 

1) Be established under Thai law, with the objectives of operating a business for the sale of goods or provision of services

2) Aim to promote employment at the location of its social enterprise, or solve problems or develop local communities, societies, or the environment

3) Not emphasize maximizing profits for shareholders or partners, with at least 70% of its profit invested back into the business, or for the benefit of farmers, the poor, the disabled, the disadvantaged, or other common benefits as prescribed by the Minister of Finance.

Singapore

The Singapore Centre for Social Enterprises (raiSE) defines it asbusiness entities set up with clear social goals; and where there is clear management intent and resources allocated to fulfill their social objectives.

Country-specific definitions of SMEs

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

Indonesia

An enterprise with net assets up to 10 billion rupiah (excluding land or buildings) AND annual sales not exceeding 50 billion rupiah

Philippines

An enterprise with up to 199 employees and/or assets valued up to P100 million

Singapore

An enterprise with at least 30% local shareholding;
AND annual sales up to S$100 million OR up to 200 employees

Malaysia

Manufacturing sector: An enterprise that has annual sales turnover of up to RM50 million OR up to 200 full-time employees

Services and other sectors: An enterprise that has annual sales turnover of up to RM20 million OR up to 75 full-time employees

Thailand

Manufacturing and service industry: An enterprise with assets up to 200 million bahts (excluding land) OR up to 200 employees

Wholesale industry: An enterprise with assets up to 100 million bahts (excluding land) OR up to 200 employees

Retailing industry: An enterprise with assets up to 60 million bahts (excluding land) OR up to 150 employees

Definition of social enterprises and NGOs

SOCIAL ENTERPRISE

Social enterprises are defined as typically small organisations whose business has specific objectives to maximize benefits to society and/or the environment.

NGO

NGOs are organisations that operate independently of any government and whose purpose is to address an environmental, social or political issue.