5th Edition

SEPTEMBER, 24

NORD EVENTS CENTER, GLOBALWORTH, SUMMIT HALL

About the Event

Sustainability developed as a wide concept in the past years with a nuanced understanding of its three dimensions: society, environment and business. Sustainability is considered to be everything included in the social and economic areas with environmental impact and puts a great pressure to Governments, authorities, organizations, public and private companies and not the least, people as stakeholders to all the processes, to address and support the long-term ecological balance for a greener and sustainable future.  

Established 5 years ago, SUSTAINABILITY IN BUSINESS FORUM & AWARDS GALA depicts each year the essentials and fundamentals of the sustainability and green developments within the SUSTAINABILITY FORUM and rewards the performance of initiatives, projects, companies and leaders acting in cross industries in Romania within the SUSTAINABILITY AWARDS GALA. 

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AGENDA

12:00 - 13:00

Welcome Guests & Official Opening Address

13:30 - 14:45

Partner Presentation

ds

13:10 – 14:40

SUSTAINABILITY FORUM- SESSION I

14:40 - 14:55

Coffee Break

14:55 – 15:05

Partner Presentation

15:05 - 16:15

SUSTAINABILITY FORUM- SESSION II

16:15 - 16:30

Coffee Break

16:30 – 17:45

SUSTAINABILITY FORUM- SESSION III

17:45 - 18:45

Networking Cocktail & Gala Dinner

18:45 – 20:30

THE SUSTAINABILITY AWARDS GALA CEREMONY

THE FORUM

TOPICS

DECISION MAKERS & KEY VOICES IN SUSTAINABILTY
The role of sustainability and the ESG integration in this field is part of every country’s top agenda. The concept is now better defined at the management level, whether it is about managing the overall impact that the company's activity has, or about creating long-term value for stakeholders. According to studies, the integration of sustainability in the decision-making process has a long-term impact on operational performance. Sustainability is a process and countries put in place strategies and made the steps towards a sustainable future. Which are the steps and updates of Romania’s strategy on sustainability, from the perspective of Romanian Government representatives and authorities, together with the decision-making organizations and key voices in business communities in terms of sustainability?

SUSTAINABILITY FOR CITIES AND COMMUNITIES
Besides the macro-economic measures taken to enable sustainable projects and strategies, sustainability is the most visible in everyday life and function of a community. The sustainability principles refer to making cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable. These large concepts are practically visible in strategies and projects regarding housing, accommodation, transportation, urbanization, risk management to disaster, reducing the community impact in environment, etc. The city halls’ strategies should have a long-term budgeted strategy to meet sustainability targets and after all, there can not be any development or refurbishment project anymore that doesn’t include the sustainability fundamentals.

SUSTAINABILITY FOR BUSINESSES
The impact of sustainability targets and strategies to companies and industries is already present in countries ‘economy, breeding new business models, products and even new economy fields, in the context of a circular economy. Companies and businesses of all kinds started to implement steps for developing a sustainable business model and learned how to demonstrate the value of impactful investments. However, the entire sustainability as a transforming process of a society implies building the vocabulary and vision that clearly explains how to create a business culture of sustainability and leveraging sustainability for competitive advantage and driving long-term sustainable growth.

FINANCING SUSTAINABILTY
The European Commission launched in 2018 an Action Plan on Financing Sustainable Growth, which contains 10 initiatives, referring to, among others: establishing a clear, detailed and uniform taxonomy at European level for classifying sustainable activities and creating a Europe-wide standard on green bonds and eco-labels for sustainable financial products, promoting investment in sustainable projects and incorporating sustainability into investment advice. This translates at the financial level in Romania into aspects regarding the preparation of financial institutions to address and facilitate the transition to sustainable financing, the bank’s management of data attesting the sustainability performance of their customer portfolio and the evolution of the Romanian green credit market and not the least, the main existing sustainable financing programs and instruments and ways to be accessed.

PRACTICING SUSTAINABILITY: SUCCESS STORIES
Sustainability in business development is changing the way companies’ management teams formulate, address, and execute their roles. Major changes in the approaches of business leaders in recent years show that they have become increasingly preoccupied with the impacts of their activities, products, and business relationships on the environment and people. For this consideration, businesses that will successfully integrate sustainability principles at all levels will become best practices and benchmarks for other organizations and entire industries to follow. 

Event Moderators

ALEX. LAIBAR

Executive Director
at Circular Economy
Coalition CERC

RAUL POP

Waste Management Expert,
Ecoteca

MIHAELA CROITORU

Sustainability, Climate & ESG Advisor, CEO,
Sustainability Lens

AWARDS GALA

The SUSTAINABILITY AWARDS GALA is dedicated to the performance and proven commitment in the development of sustainable initiatives, projects and leaders in the business sectors of the Romanian economy, to highlight even more the primary importance of acting sustainably regardless of industry or region. The Gala event portrays and rewards the concepts, projects, leaders and companies that made a mark in the sustainability field in Romania. The Gala Awards displays and explores cutting-edge solutions and the most relevant voices in climate change, resource conservation, and ethical business practices. The event not only serves as a catalyst for driving change but also cultivates a sense of collective responsibility, inspiring participants to play an active role in shaping a more sustainable and resilient global economy. 

The SUSTAINABILITY AWARDS GALA aims at offering the spotlight for standing out leading companies, managers and projects as FRONT-RUNNERS IN SUSTAINABILITY.

THE SUSTAINABILITY AWARDS have been designated to COMPANIES, LEADERS AND INITIATIVES that have met the criteria of:
• Successfully meeting the sustainability objectives / targets
• The innovative and new approach of the project / initiative
• The commitment and perseverance of promoting and leading sustainable projects in the company and industry
• The scale up potential of the initiative / project at the level of company and industry

NOMINATION TIMELINE 

June 6. START OF All categories nominations entries. Companies and individuals can submit their nomination choices on the online forms for GENERAL & SPECIAL CATEGORIES.
July 17. Deadline for nominations entries. The nominating procedure will be closed after this date and late entries will not be considered for Sustainability Awards 2024 edition
July 18. All nominations entered in the competition (except BRAND OF THE YEAR, NET-ZERO CARBON STRATEGY OF THE YEAR and SUSTAINABILITY REPORTING & COMMUNICATIONS) will be submitted to Jury.
July 18 - August 10 The Nominations for categories: BRAND OF THE YEAR, NET-ZERO CARBON STRATEGY OF THE YEAR & SUSTAINABILITY REPORTING & COMMUNICATIONS will be submitted to ONLINE PUBLIC VOTING


September 24. The WINNERS’ announcement and Awarding Ceremony   

AWARDS CATEGORIES

GENERAL AWARDS CATEGORIES

COMPANY AWARDS

MAKE YOUR NOMINATIONS

• GAME CHANGER IN SUSTAINABILITY
• SUSTAINABILITY FRONTRUNNER IN THE INDUSTRY
• SUSTAINABILITY PARTNERSHIP OF THE YEAR
• ESG INVESTOR OF THE YEAR
• BEST SUSTAINABLE FINANCE SOLUTIONS PROVIDER
• SUSTAINABLE SUPPLY CHAIN OF THE YEAR
• LEADERSHIP IN SUSTAINABILITY

INITIATIVE AWARDS

MAKE YOUR NOMINATIONS

• EDUCATIONAL PROJECT IN SUSTAINABILITY
• SMART SUSTAINABLE CONCEPT
• SOCIAL VALUE INITIATIVE IN SUSTAINABILITY
• CIRCULAR ECONOMY INNOVATION OF THE YEAR
• WASTE AND RESOURCE MANAGEMENT PROJECT OF THE YEAR
• TECHNOLOGY FOR GOOD AWARD

INDIVIDUAL AWARDS

MAKE YOUR NOMINATIONS

• SUSTAINABILITY AMBASSADOR
• PERSONALITY OF THE YEAR

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SPECIAL AWARDS CATEGORIES

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• NET-ZERO CARBON STRATEGY OF THE YEAR
• SUSTAINABILITY REPORTING & COMMUNICATIONS
• BRAND OF THE YEAR 

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JURY

Applicants can be nominated or self-submitted. At the end of the submission period, the nominations are submitted to the JURY BOARD who will select the winners

MIHAELA FRASINEANU

State Counselor, Environment protection, Prime Minister's Chancellery

RAMONA JURUBITA

Country Managing Partner,
 KPMG Romania & Moldova,
FIC Vice President

MIHAELA CROITORU

Sustainability, Climate & ESG Advisor, CEO,
Sustainability Lens

MONICA MOVILEANU

Partner, ESG Leader,
PwC Romania

ALEX. LAIBAR

Executive Director
at Circular Economy
Coalition CERC

ILINCA PANDELE

Member of the Executive Board,
AHK Romania 

ADELINA DABU

Head of Public Affairs,
Confederatia
Patronala Concordia

COLIN LOVERING

Co-Founder, Lovering & Partners Business Performance Consultants, Chairman of British-Romanian Chamber of Commerce

Awards selection criteria:

- Sustainability strategy: Demonstration of forward-looking ESG/sustainability strategy integrated with business strategy by Integrating ESG considerations into the core corporate strategy and explain how they relate to their businesses and operations
- The commitment and perseverance of promoting and leading sustainable projects in the company and industry
- Corporate governance: Strong involvement and commitment from management in leading the organization to manage sustainability risks and opportunities and achieve its sustainability goals
- Identifying and engaging key stakeholders as well as address the material ESG issues concerned by stakeholders
- Creating value through social performance. Community contributions and development engage with local community to understand their needs and concerns with an aim to prevent and solve problems contribute (e.g., time, money and other resources) in the areas of environmental protection, employment opportunities, education, health, culture and heritage, sport and technology development & access
- Creating quantifiable value through environmental performance
(e.g.
• Climate Change: identify and mitigate significant climate-related issues; monitor and mitigate carbon emissions; finance environmental impact
• Pollution & Waste: monitor, manage and mitigate emissions (SOx, NOx and PM), hazardous and nonhazardous waste, spills and sewage
• Use of resources: promote sustainable and efficient use of energy, water and other raw materials
• Natural capital: protect, conserve and enhance biodiversity & land use, ecosystems and other natural resources
• Environmental opportunities: create opportunities in clean tech, green building, renewable energy)
- Successfully meeting the sustainability objectives / targets.

- Setting out clearly its sustainability vision, strategy, management approach with action plans and initiatives to implement its strategy
-Setting sustainability targets or key performance indicators (KPIs)facilitating comparative information on economic, environmental and social performance, supported by reasonable length of explanations of the underlying changes * specific, measurable, achievable, relevant and time bound
- Setting ambitious but realistic goals in relation to available resources.
- The project’s goals and outcomes having been clearly documented.
- The project/initiative serves as a good example for other institutions.
- The innovative and new approach of the project / initiative
- The scale up potential of the initiative / project at the level of company and industry
- Successfully meeting the sustainability objectives / targets

- The awardees must have made, and continue to make, a unique and outstanding academic or societal contribution to sustainability in general or to a sustainability-relevant issue in particular.
- Outstanding contribution in sustainability projects in 2022. Disclosed actions taken with quantifiable results, scope of impact, targets and future plans of the initiatives
- Demonstrated innovation & value addition
- Testimonials

The awarded WINNERS of SUSTAINABILITY AWARDS GALA will be announced and celebrated on stage on September 24, during a prestigious Awards Gala.

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NORD EVENTS CENTER, GLOBALWORTH, SUMMIT HALL,
Strada George Constantinescu 4B, București 020339

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