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For business organisations, winners require balanced progress towards three inter-connected objectives:

Environmental excellence:
Preventing pollution and optimising resource efficiency in operations and developing products or services ,with minimal lifecycle environmental impacts.

Social responsibility:
Meeting the wider concerns of stakeholders (e.g. employees, suppliers, customers, local communities) over issues such as working conditions, human rights and community involvement.

Strong financial performance:
Profitability and competitiveness bringing benefits to shareholders and securing long-term growth and security of employment for the future. Business has a key role to play in ensuring a sustainable future for the environment. The European Business Awards for the Environment allow us to celebrate what has already been done, showcasing companies that are pioneers in green innovation.

The European Business Awards for the Environment are presented by the European Commission every two years to recognise and reward European companies that set an example by successfully bringing together innovation, economic viability and environmental concerns.

The scheme comprises five award categories in which companies are rewarded for management practices, products, processes and international co-operation and business and biodiversity activities that contribute to economic and social development without detriment to the environment.
To be eligible for the European Business Awards for the Environment, companies must first succeed in their national award schemes, which are organised throughout Europe every year.

This means that the companies who win a European Business Award for the Environment are ‘the best of the best’; the most far-sighted, responsible and innovative across Europe. Participation is open to companies from all EU Member States and candidate countries. The submission of entries to the European awards competition is managed by national coordinating bodies.


Download the EBAE handbook, presenting the evaluation guidelines