How to enter

Follow seven simple steps to enter and be in the running for an IEMA Sustainability Impact Award:
  1. Select the categories you wish to enter
  2. Download your entry form
  3. Prepare your business case and supporting information to help you compile your entry
  4. Produce your entry
  5. Upload your entry form, supporting document PDF and photographs
  6. Make your payment for entry 
  7. Select finish to submit your entry

The 2020 Awards have now closed for entry.

Entry deadline: Friday 24 April 2020

Extended entry deadline: Thursday 14 May 2020

Shortlist announced: Wednesday 1 July 2020

Awards lunch: Friday 18 September 2020

Organisation Awards

The fee to enter is £125+VAT per entry per organisation award (categories 1-20).

We have decided that there will not be a late fee will be introduced for any entries received after the entry deadline of 24 April for this year.

Individual Awards

The Sustainability Leader of the Year and Future Sustainability Leader of the Year have an entry fee of £49+VAT.

There is no entry fee to enter the Best Volunteer Award.

Prices are based on cost per entry.

Please note that there are no refunds available for any entries and unless we have received payment for your entries they will not be passed on to the Judges for marking.

Please ensure that you read the How to Enter and the Terms and Conditions sections before completing the relevant category entry.

Entry form: Once completed, the category entry form should be uploaded during the online entry process.

The word counts are simply a guideline, but please ensure that your entry form is concise as possible by using bullet points if possible.

If you are entering multiple categories please complete the relevant entry form for each, ensuring that you have tailored the entry specifically to each category.

Please ensure you pay particular attention to all compulsory questions, in order for your entry to be accepted for judging.

Start early. The entry forms received early will be reviewed by the awards team and will allow us to flag up any further requirements prior to the judging day.

Sell the people/project/product. What is the biggest achievement or unique selling point? Bring out the winning points. Explain what is unique or innovative about your entry, how important it is, or the scale of the challenges that had to be overcome.

Send supporting photos. Photos are invaluable to the submission as they will be used to represent your entry at the awards ceremony and in the winners write up, should your entry be successful. 

Think about which images bring your entry to life. We ask for a minimum of 2, but up to 5 high resolution images may be included in support of your entry.

The entry form will be viewed by the individual judges assigned to the specific category.

Each entry will be judged on the information provided in the category entry form and on the supporting documents supplied during the online entry process. The entry form which have not been correctly submitted through our online system will be rejected.

There is a two-stage judging process. The judges will firstly be sent out the entries to review and mark remotely and then the judging panel will meet in June to discuss the entries and select the shortlist and winners.

In the individual categories, shortlisted entrants will be invited to an interview on the judging day. If entering the individual awards, please keep 22 June 2020 free in your diary should you be successful in reaching the shortlist.

After the judging day the shortlist will be published via twitter, online and in TRANSFORM magazine and on the awards website, and all entrants will be individually contacted. The entry form will be judged by a panel of selected judges. The judges decision is final, and no correspondence will be entered into.

Each entry will be judged on the information provided in the category entry form and in any supporting documents supplied during the online entry process.

The judges will be looking for proof that you have produced an award-winning entry.

The judging will aim to recognise organisations who add outstanding value to their business partnerships and relationships.

The entry must qualify for the period of eligibility as indicated within each category judging criteria.

The written part of the submission must be no longer than five A4 pages (minimum point size 10) and a word count of 1500 words.

IEMA accepts no liability for any inaccurate information contained within the submitted entry as it is the responsibility of the applicant to provide accurate information.

Entrants giving false or misleading information will be excluded from the awards competition. If an award is given and it is subsequently found that the entry information is false or misleading, IEMA reserves the right to withdraw the award.

Please note that all information provided on the entry forms and during the entry process is taken by IEMA and Redactive in good faith. If any information is subsequently discovered to be false or the recipient is found to have engaged in conduct unbecoming, IEMA/Redactive reserve the right to cancel the entry and, if after the awards have been presented and involves a winning entry, to cancel the Award win and publicise reasons to relevant parties. Please note that refunds will not be provided.

IEMA reserves the right to use entry material submitted in published form unless requested by the entrant not to.

Whilst you (or the licensors) continue to own the copyright in all works forming part of your entry, by submitting an entry you consent to our use of submitted photographic works in any publication, whether or not connected to the IEMA Sustainability Impact Awards, and you now waive all moral rights in such photographic works. We may allow third parties (e.g. journalists) to use such works for IEMA purposes. If a third party owns the copyright in such works, you confirm that you have obtained their consent to our use and a waiver of their moral rights for these purposes.

By entering, you agree to a representative attending the awards ceremony, in London on Friday 18 September, where the winners in each category will be announced and presented with a trophy. If no representative is available, IEMA reserve the right to nominate a person to collect the award on your behalf.

The Judges reserve the right, without prior consent of the entrants, to move entries to different categories if it is appropriate.

The Judges decision on all shortlisted entries and winners is final and no discussion or correspondence will be entered in to. Please also note that due to the high volume of entries received it is not possible to provide individual feedback for entries that are not shortlisted.

Entrants found to be resubmitting the same entry documents as a previous year will be excluded from the entry process. All entries must be completed on the individual category entry form for 2020 and any entries where the details provided are the same as a previous year will be excluded from the entry process. Any entry forms that include a project/product that has previously been entered must show how this project/product has developed since it was last entered and provide performance data to support this.

By entering and attending the awards ceremony, you acknowledge that the event or part of it may be filmed by audio, visual, audio-visual or electronic means or photographed, including photographs of individuals or groups of delegates. You agree to permit Redactive, or any third party licensed by Redactive, to use and distribute such footage and photographs, which may feature images of you, in all or any media (including social media) whether now known or hereafter to be invented throughout the world in perpetuity for the purposes of advertising, publicity, reporting and otherwise in relation to the exploitation of such recordings and photographs. Please inform the event organiser in writing prior to the event day by email to [email protected] if you do not wish to be included in any individual or group photographs.

Entry fees for the event are correct at the time of publication. Redactive reserves the right to change the fees at any time but changes will not affect entries which have already been confirmed by Redactive. The fees (where required) are payable at the same time as you submit your booking form by credit card. The entry fees are as published on the event website. Please note late entries may be charged an additional fee to cover the extra administration necessary to get these sent out to our Judges in good time.

Please note that there are no refunds available for any entries and unless we have received payment for your entries they will not be passed on to the Judges for marking.

The entry fee is based on cost per entry.

By submitting registration details, you agree to allow Redactive to contact you as required for the organisation and administration of the event. Redactive will comply with our privacy policy in respect of your registration details and other information we hold about you.

Redactive will only contact you for marketing purposes, and will only pass on your contact details to sponsors for marketing purposes, to the extent that you expressly consent to this (for example, by opting in during the registration process).

If you have any questions about these Terms and Conditions, please contact Redactive at our Registered Office address.

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"Our advice is to read through the categories and choose which to enter based on your strengths, your achievements and one which allows you to convey a positive message for the industry."
Sharon Maguire
Deputy Chair of Judges and Editor, TRANSFORM