In order to promote the inspiring sustainability cases which are contributing to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the European Commission launched an award called “European Sustainability Award“. The award which is expected to raise awareness about the SDGs in the EU by giving concrete examples from several stakeholders will bring visibility to the winners.

The deadline for applications is 14 September 2018 and the winners will be announced by the European Commission First-Vice President Frans Timmermans and Vice-President Jyrki Katainen during a high-level ceremony in spring 2019.

This first “European Sustainability Award” will be given annually and this year’s one focuses on the theme “Empowering people and ensuring inclusiveness and equality”. The theme refers to a cluster of SDGs: SDG4 on quality education, SDG 8 on decent work and economic growth, SDG 10 on reduced inequalities, SDG 13 on climate action, SDG 16 on peace justice and strong institutions, and SDG 17 on partnerships for the goals.

The competition is open to 4 stakeholder categories and 7 rewards will be given in total:

  1. Youth (1 reward)
  2. Public bodies (1 reward for subnational legal public entities reaching a population above 100.000 individuals and 1 reward for subnational legal public entities reaching a population equal to/under 100.000 individuals)
  3. Private bodies (1 reward for an SME, 1 reward for a large enterprise, 1 reward for a large enterprise)
  4. Civil society (1 reward for a Project/initiative taking place inside the EU and 1 reward for a Project/initiative taking place outside the EU)

For further information, please check here

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