2019 Sedex Awards Winners

We are delighted to announce the winners for the annual Sedex Awards 2019. The Sedex Awards highlight the best practice projects Sedex members have carried out all over the world across a range of industries to improve working conditions and the environment in supply chains.

We would like to congratulate all shortlisted companies and the winners from the five awards categories:

Best Collaborative Effort

Members collaborating with customers, suppliers or other stakeholders to improve working conditions or to solve a responsible sourcing challenge.

Winner: Dutjahn Sandalwood Oils (Australia)

Dutjahn Sandalwood Oils (DSO) is a 50:50 partnership between Indigenous Australians and the Australian plantation industry that produces ethical and sustainable Australian sandalwood oil (Santalum spicatum). All oil coming from DSO has a 50% Indigenous financial benefit will all royalties controlled by Indigenous people.

Shortlist: ScanCom (Vietnam) and Accommodation Working Group (UK)

 

Best Health/Safety Labour Programme (Buyers)

Members who have successfully implemented a programme related to health and safety and/or labour practices.

Winner: Driscoll’s (USA)

Driscoll’s have developed a comprehensive approach to compliance that extends beyond auditing and is designed to address barriers to worker welfare. They have facilitated collaboration between their growers and NGOs, customers, and local governments to enable workers to better understand and access legal social security entitlements. In Mexico and Morocco, they have reached over 40,000 workers and their families.

Shortlist: G’s Fresh (UK) and Britvic (UK)

 

Best Health & Safety/Labour Programme (Suppliers)

Members who have successfully implemented a programme related to health and safety and/or labour practices.

Winner: Epyllion Style (Bangladesh)

Epyllion’s driving force is its human spirit. Through responsible manufacturing, Epyllion ensure sustainable business by providing their employees with a safe workplace, improved health & safety conditions, support of education of worker families, and ensuring equal rights for all.

Shortlist: Pantaleon (Guatemala) and Snowtex (Bangladesh)

 

Best Environmental Sustainability Programme (Buyers)

Members who have implemented programmes to protect their workers or their surroundings and improve environmental issues.

Winner: Mace (UK)

Mace are aiming to lead in the development of sustainable infrastructure. One of their core business values is integrity and to be a responsible business. Their 2022 responsible business (RB 2022) drives everything that they do. They will use RB 2022 to deliver an annual £500m net positive contribution towards society by 2022.

Shortlist: Mondelēz (Singapore) and Refresco (UK)

 

Best Environmental Sustainability Programme (Suppliers)

Members who have implemented programmes to protect their workers or their surroundings a­­­nd improve environmental issues.

Winners: Varcli Pinares (Costa Rica) and Welspun India (India)

Varcli Pinares (Costa Rica)

Varcli Pinares S.A is a small family banana farm committed to improving sustainability in their industry. They have done this by addressing fair wages, introducing renewable energy systems, water and soil preservation techniques, as well as investing resources into protecting the wildlife of Costa Rica.

 

Welspun India (India)

Sustainability is at the core at Welspun. They have built a sewage treatment plant to collect sewage from Gandhidham-Adipur & Anjar and re-cycle the waste water which improves the conditions for surrounding communities. It also reduces fresh water consumption from the Narmada river for manufacturing purpose.

Shortlist: JCDecaux (UK)

 

 

Each programme winner in the award submission has been evaluated based on:

  • The level of innovation
  • Scale of impact and implementation
  • The possibility of replication
  • Transparency of communication and leadership

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