This year, 32 Scottish businesses were shortlisted from a record number of entries. Each of the finalists underwent a rigorous judging process, including a programme of site visits, to assess their environmental practices.
The Management Award recognises businesses whose management systems deliver continuous improvement in environmental performance. This category is aimed at businesses that are taking a holistic approach to environmental improvement and can demonstrate the associated economic and social benefits that have been achieved.
The Management Award is split into two sections- Large (over 250 employees) and Small to Medium Sized Enterprises (SMEs) (less than 250 employees)
The Centre for Sustainable Practice and Living (CSPL) is a collaborative initiative between the University of Stirling’s Management School and the Scottish Environment Protection Agency.
As an interdisciplinary research centre it aims to become one of the leading research and knowledge exchange centres globally studying the many dimensions of sustainability. CSPL brings together the public sector, academic research, business and environmental organisations to work collaboratively with sectors and communities towards a more sustainable future and a low carbon economy.
Although physically based at the University of Stirling the Centre is also a virtual network of experts across the public, academic and NGO sectors throughout the UK and beyond.
The Centre works with businesses who see environmental and social issues as market opportunities, to help develop transformational business models which place sustainability at the heart of decision-making.
Professor George Burt, Director of Centre for Advanced Management Education, said: “We are delighted to present Edinburgh International Conference Centre (EICC) with the Management (SME) Award in recognition of their strong commitment to environmental improvements. Their Plan-it Green Sustainable Events programme provides a framework for all events to provide the most sustainable option for customers”.
The VIBES Awards match the Management School’s commitment to sustainable corporate, social and environmental management, with the University’s innovative Centre for Sustainable Practice and Living (CSPL) sponsoring the Management (Small and Medium Enterprise - SME) category.
The winner of this year’s Management SME Award was Edinburgh International Conference Centre.
The Edinburgh International Conference Centre host sustainable events in Edinburgh. Conferences, government meetings, exhibitions, banquets, AGMs, performing arts (Edinburgh International Festival) and many more events are held at the centre. Edinburgh International Conference centre have a strong commitment to environmental improvements; their Plan-it Green Sustainable Events programme provides a framework for all events to provide the most sustainable option for customers.
Reynaldo Guino-o, Business Excellence, Edinburgh International Conference Centre (EICC): “We all have a role to play in mitigating the impacts of climate change and we are thrilled to have been awarded by VIBES which is dedicated to recognising and rewarding companies supporting sustainability. Congratulations to all winners and indeed finalists of this year’s awards, it has been great to see so many companies working hard to support the environment.”
The Management SME Shortlist
The other shortlisted companies in this category included: