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Planet Mark Awards 2022

Planet Mark trophies
25 January 2023
 

The Planet Mark Awards ceremony returned for a fourth year on Thursday 19 January at The Royal Institution to celebrate sustainable business. 

Every year, Planet Mark shines a light on members and individuals that have gone above and beyond to maximise their impact. Recognising the work undertaken by businesses during their reporting period of 2021, the 13 categories of awards were based on key environmental challenges: reducing carbon emissions, engaging stakeholders in the process, and communicating progress with transparency and authenticity. 

The Awards had record-breaking entries which were shortlisted to 41 finalists by a judging panel of sustainability experts including; Martin Cooper, VP of Project Management Team at Prologis UK, Dan Ryan, learning Curator at Eden Project, Fiona Macklin, Race to Zero Campaign Manager at Climate Champions, Matt Sexton, Strategy Director at Futerra, Mais Callan, Senior Responsible Investment Manager at NEST and Forget Shareka, Environmental Officer at Dunbia Group. 

 

"Every single member has made amazing progress and that is focused here tonight.”
 

– Lily Miller
CFO, Planet Mark

 

Ten Years of Progress

 

Planet Mark CFO, Lily Miller welcomed 400 guests from across the country, commenting “I’m so incredibly overwhelmed and proud to be standing here in front of you this evening. When we started Planet Mark 10 years ago, we had a tiny team and around 30 members. We’re now approaching 700 members and I’d like to thank every one of you for being here with us to celebrate your achievements. Every single member has made amazing progress and that is focused here tonight.”

In these ten years, Planet Mark has gone above and beyond to promote the much-needed changes in this “Decade of Action”. Members are assisted to measure their carbon impact, control it and communicate it –  encouraging employees and suppliers to help drive improvements and sharing the social responsibility steps with the world via Planet Mark's toolkits, promotional materials and marketing channels.

In 2021 Planet Mark embarked on an eight-month tour in an electric bus, taking the net zero carbon message to communities across the UK in support of the UN-backed Race to Zero campaign, which is the world’s largest alliance of actors committed to halving global emissions by 2030 and achieving net zero emissions by 2050 at the latest.

With energy prices soaring, there is more incentive than ever for companies to transition to cleaner practices. At EMEX 2022, we met with the CEO and Founder of Planet Mark Steve Malkin, to talk all things carbon reporting and the net-zero journey for SMEs.

 

Planet Priority

 

At the awards evening, the attendees were joined by the esteemed Laura Penhaul double world record holder and keynote speaker who has inspiring talks on leadership, team effectiveness and cohesion, and the strength of adaptability.  

Steve Malkin ended the evening by emphasising the importance of net zero. “We would like every member of the Planet Mark community to commit to net zero. We want you and the Planet Mark to be at the centre of a net zero ecosystem where you and your business are aligned with your customers, suppliers and organisations near and far beyond. It is a tremendous opportunity to drive change and transform your business, society, the environment, and the economy. 

“There is an unbeatable business case for sustainability cutting carbon and going to net-zero. Knowing that you save money, increase profits, win business, align with customers and attract and retain employees by aligning with their values and demand for sustainability makes it a business no-brainer. 

"We want you and the Planet Mark to be at the centre of a net zero ecosystem where you and your business are aligned with your customers, suppliers and organisations near and far beyond. It is a tremendous opportunity to drive change and transform your business, society, the environment, and the economy.” 

The evening wouldn’t have been possible without the Planet Mark Award sponsors Prologis, VolkerWessels UK, GLP Europe, Stephen George + Partners, D Hammond Group, Mount Anvil, Fenix Carbon, Lambert Smith Hampton, Open Energy Market, Bumblebee Conservation Trust, Eden Project, The National Lottery Community Fund, Mental Health Charter and SKCI.

Each of the finalists’ and winners’ actions go beyond the demands of certification. Their commitment to sustainability and passion to measure, engage and communicate with employees, supply chains and wider communities mean our common goal of a brighter future is one step closer. 

Following a rigorous selection process focused on the most impactful climate actions, the full list of 2022 finalists and winners can be seen on Planet Mark’s website.

 

Picture: Planet Mark trophies. Image credit: Planet Mark.

Article written by Bailey Sparkes | Published 25 January 2023

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