Responsible Business Awards on again

by Kent Caddick

Lincoln Envirotown has made a few tweaks to its highly successful annual Responsible Business Awards for this year.

Since 2008 Lincoln Envirotown (LET) has run the awards which aim to encourage and support local businesses to become more environmentally sustainable without involving any significant costs.

LET project manager Dave Fitzjohn said this year the awards have undergone changes to both the survey that businesses are asked to complete, and the process which will be conducted online.

“The new look survey has also been designed to make the awards a little more challenging,” Mr Fitzjohn said.

“It is to the credit of our local businesses that this has become necessary because their practices were improving so rapidly.

“The other exciting development is that for the first time, businesses of every Selwyn district will be invited to participate.

“Malvern and West Melton were assessed last year for the first time and were the only areas that underwent the process in 2016 while work was done on the new awards for everyone.”

He said businesses will still be aiming to receive awards ranging from Bronze to Platinum and there will be the same area winners.

“However, this year we aim to declare an overall Selwyn winner and to have a separate category for educational entries which will allow all our district’s schools to compete against each other, as well as receiving their relevant certificate.

“It is a testament to the educators that schools have traditionally received high awards for their sustainable practices.”

In June assessors and LET’s Responsible Business Coordinator will be sending an online survey to businesses. Assessors will then arrange visits, to discuss the results of the survey and talk to people about their practices and initiatives.

“Businesses have reported very favourably on the changes that have been implemented and we look forward to an interesting and exciting awards season.”

Mr Fitzjohn said they would like to thank the Lincoln University Researchers Tracy Anne De Silva, Azadeh Nilipour, and Charlotte Thompson, who have been largely instrumental in getting business feedback on our previous awards and devising a new survey in response to this feedback.

“We are also grateful to Andrew Boyd of Selwyn District Council for his advice in some areas.”