14 December 2022
The sub-categories are “Business and the Environment” and “Business and Society”. The coordinators of the awards have prepared some definitions and guidance for the kind of reporting that may be submitted.
With an increasing number of catastrophic, climate-related events affecting populations and geographies, we’re seeing business leaders intensifying their focus on climate and environmental sustainability.
Private and public sector executives are beginning to acknowledge the business imperative of climate change. And they are beginning to respond and act on the mounting pressure from stakeholders and risks to their businesses.
The ways in which business responds to environmental and particularly climate challenges, as well as the opportunities of ESG provide a field filled with possibilities for insightful and critical reporting.
Corporations express their societal engagement and responsibilities to direct stakeholders and the wider society in many ways.
Businesses are expected to be responsible and transparent in the way they operate and with due attention to the impact that they have on their stakeholders.
Companies are increasingly looking at innovation to address the opportunities ESG presents, including changes to their business model or optimising new technologies.
Employees, consumers, investors, and governments are increasingly concerned about whether the way goods and services are provided is fair and ethical.
The Business and Society award category requires reporting that goes beyond recording charitable or social investment activities.
The media has a critical role to play in ensuring informative, insightful, and critical coverage of the ESG issues driving global and continental policy and investment activities.
Reporting on ESG performs critical functions that include but are not limited to:
The reason for introducing these categories is to acknowledge the critical role of ESG from a financial and non-financial perspective in contributing to a company’s resilience. Additionally, this category will look at financial journalists who have contributed to the broader sustainability agenda, adding to the debate by insightfully addressing core issues from an African perspective.
In particular, the judges are looking for submissions that: