- Every organization that issues a sustainability report on its activities in Belgium and beyond – regardless of the size of the organization or its business – can participate in the Awards.
- The report has to inform about the activities of a Belgian legal entity or on the Belgian activities of a foreign entity.
- To be eligible, the report on the Belgian activities of a foreign entity must set clear sustainability objectives and provide sufficient information on the basis of certain selected criteria (targets, results etc.) for Belgium.
- The organization has to report on its economic, social and environmental activities and performance.
- The 2018 edition promotes sustainability reports relating to the year 2017 or - if not available - the most recent sustainability report (for a year prior to 2017) provided that it has not been submitted for previous editions of these Awards.
- Large organizations: +250 employees (FTE).
- Other organizations: SMEs, NGOs, not-for-profit organisations (ASBL/VZW), international not-for-profit organisations (AISBL/IVZW) or foundations, which are based in Belgium and operate in or outside the Belgian territory, together with schools, federations, public sector, etc.
- The “best 1st report” cross categories, chosen by the Jury.
- The“best impact report” in each category: the Jury will short-list nominees with the best evolution in comparison to a previous report. The winners will be designated by a public vote on the day of the ceremony, after a short presentation by the nominees.
The evaluation criteria are based on the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) guidelines (GRI G4) as these are commonly accepted guidelines which provide for clear criteria and therefore for a strong basis for the Jury to deliberate upon. The criteria now also include the Sustainable Development Goals adopted by the United Nations.
The evaluation criteria are described in the Code of participation (in preparation for 2018). The Jury members also receive additional guidance (in preparation for 2018) on how to assess the various criteria. This additional guidance is provided for illustrative purposes and is not mandatory.
SDG Compass which provides guidance for companies on how they can align their strategies as well as measure and manage their contribution to the realization of the SDG, has developped an Inventory of Business Indicators which might help. This inventory maps existing business indicators against the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). It allows you to explore commonly used indicators and other relevant indicators that may be useful when measuring and reporting your organization’s contribution to the SDGs.