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3rd Annual Social Innovation Awards Deadline – November 15th, 2010

The deadline for applications to the 3rd Annual Social Innovation Awards is less than a month away on November 15th, 2010. This international awards program recognizes companies implementing groundbreaking strategies and programs that drive social and environmental innovation and responsibility. To request an application, please email or learn more at Award winners will be recognized at the 2011 Redefining Value: Integrated Reporting and Measuring Sustainability Conference, to be held in London on March 1st, 2011.

The newly expanded categories for the awards program are:

- Best Social Investment Strategy
- Best Employee Engagement Strategy
- Best Use of New Media
- Best Integrated Report
- Best Online Report
- Best Stakeholder Engagement
- Best Sustainability Performance
- Best Product Design
- Best Incorporation of Ethical Sourcing/Certification
- Most Strategic Use of Philanthropic Funds

Some of last year’s winners included:

Best New Green Product: Tesla Motors, a Silicon Valley-based company that engineers and manufactures electric cars. The Tesla Roadster, the company’s first vehicle, can get 200 miles on a single charge, can accelerate from 0-60 mph in 2.9 seconds, and is roughly twice as energy-efficient as the Toyota Prius. The company produced its 1,000th Roaster in January of this year.

Best Social Investment Strategy: Sparkseed, an incubator for social innovation startups conceived by young risk-takers and college students, encouraging them to apply business principles to address the world’s toughest problems. The program works with young social entrepreneurs for six months, giving them coaching and seed resources to help them succeed.

Most Influential Supply Chain Management Strategy: Dispensary of Hope, a nonprofit social venture that crowd-sources medication to uninsured populations. The program is a partnership with three leading pharmaceutical companies, including Merck; the dispensary, founded in 2003, has so far filled more than 200,000 prescriptions for patients who otherwise couldn’t afford them.

Best Base of Pyramid Strategy: Thomson-Reuters, for its “market lite” short-messaging news and information service that tells BOP farmers in India the latest market and weather information, helping them to offset risk and plant/sell their crops more successfully.

Best Employee Engagement Strategy: eBay, for its Green Team, a grassroots effort started by a small group of eBay employees to make eBay a green place to work. The Green Team has since has grown into a group of more than 2,000 eBay employees, all supporting environmental causes in local communities and promoting sustainable business practices within the company. A year ago, eBay invited its community of buyers and sellers to join the Green Team; after just six weeks, the team had more than 100,000 members.

Best Stakeholder Engagement: Cisco Networking Academy. Since 1997, the networking academy has grown from a small-scale program designed to help schools get the most out of Cisco’s networking equipment to Cisco’s largest CSR program, with courses taught at more than 9,000 academies in 165 countries. More than 800,000 students develop ICT skills through the program each year.

Best Internal Sustainability: Con-way, a $4.3 billion freight transportation and logistics services company based in San Mateo, Calif., for its aggressive internal sustainability program to cut waste, reduce fuel consumption, recycle equipment and supplies, and procure goods and services from companies that have clearly stated sustainability goals and values.

About Valerie J. Amor:
As an architectural consultant, LEED AP, LEED certification reviewer, real estate broker and AIA associate, Valerie J. Amor is dynamically engaged in sustainability and issues regarding the built environment. Actively participating in several local, county and national organizations and committees focused on sustainability issues, she is also owner/principal of Drawing Conclusions and founder/president of Green Collar Connection, companies engaged in sustainable design, real estate development, green job training and research. Knowledgeable and well connected she brings you timely and thoughtful articles. Reach her at .

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