Sustainability Leadership - Eligibility Criteria & Application Questions - ISCouncil

Sustainability Leadership Category

Driving global best practice in infrastructure 

This category of awards seeks to recognise excellence in sustainability practice in infrastructure, with a focus on the delivery of impact and outcomes through an initiative, innovation or approach. Submissions will be considered within the broader context of their IS Rating assessment and achievement. 

Award Descriptions 

Excellence in Governance Outcomes 

The winner of this award will be an organisation who can demonstrate how project governance processes (sustainability strategy, risk and opportunity management, sustainable procurement, integrated decision-making) have delivered outstanding sustainability outcomes across priority issues. External stakeholders’ involvement in governance aspects should be highlighted. 

Excellence in Social Outcomes 

Entrants should demonstrate beneficial, measurable, and enduring outcomes for people achieved by the initiative, innovation or approach – whether that be the local community, specific stakeholder groups, indigenous peoples or the project workforce. Partnerships with others to achieve these outcomes should be highlighted. 

Excellence in Environmental Outcomes 

Entrants should demonstrate beneficial, measurable, and enduring outcomes for the natural environment achieved by the initiative, innovation or approach – whether driving towards net zero, achieving circular economy outcomes or enhancing ecological values. Partnerships with others and external stakeholder involvement to achieve these outcomes should be highlighted. 

Excellence in Economic Outcomes 

Entrants should demonstrate beneficial, measurable, and enduring economic outcomes achieved by the initiative, innovation, or approach – through including broader sustainability factors (e.g., the social cost of carbon) in project decisions, enhancing the local business economy, building workforce capability, or driving long term benefits realisation. Partnerships with others and stakeholder involvement to achieve these outcomes should be highlighted. 

Eligibility Criteria

To be eligible to enter for an award in the Sustainability Leadership category, the initiative, innovation, or approach must have been implemented in a project that is registered for or has achieved an Infrastructure Sustainability Council Rating (IS Rating). 

The organisation applying for an award must be a current member of Infrastructure Sustainability Council. 

To be eligible to enter applicants, their current employer or employer at time of application through to the completion of the Awards process, may not have been prosecuted, fined, or have charges or fines pending, for a violation of any environmental, social, or commercial law in Australia, New Zealand or overseas in the past three (3) years. 

To be eligible to enter applicants require an initiative, innovation or approach with the outcomes achieved between 1 July 2021 and 30 June 2022. 

Application Questions

Submission Question

Word limit

Weighting

Describe WHAT you have done and HOW you have done it. Please provide a summary of your initiative, innovation, or approach.

500 words

15% of total score

What were the OUTCOMES this initiative, innovation or approach achieved? And how were those outcomes shared?

700 words

35% of total score

Describe WHO has benefited from your initiative, innovation, or approach (e.g., workforce, supply chain, communities, stakeholders).

400 words

20% of total score

What LEGACY was achieved, including SDG contribution, as a result of this initiative, innovation or approach?

600 words

30% of total score