Sedex Awards 2018

We are excited to host the Sedex Awards 2018, which celebrate the fantastic work done by Sedex Members worldwide.

Applications for these awards are now closed and the winners have been announced.


Awards winners


The Sedex awards are a chance to highlight the important and sustainable work our members have carried out across a range of different industries. If you believe your organisation has showcased continuous improvement and created positive impact on the supply chain, people or the environment, then you could be the recipients of one of Sedex’s distinguished awards.


Showcase your efforts

Highlight the great work that your business is doing, throughout the Sedex Member network and beyond. Enter now to have the opportunity to:

  • Present your project or programme during the Sedex Conference 2018
  • Have your project profiled on the Sedex website
  • Be featured in the Sedex newsletter and emails, which go out to over 125,000 subscribers globally
  • Have a case study written on your business and why you won the award, which will be promoted throughout the Sedex community
  • Be included in our media outreach celebrating the award winners
  • Receive a special Sedex Awards trophy
  • Raise awareness of your business across the global Sedex community


The Award Categories

This year, there are four award categories, each open to a different type of Sedex Member:

Best Example of Continuous Improvement (Buyer (A) and Buyer/Supplier (AB) members):

Examples of how a positive impact has been made within the supply chain through a project or programme of continuous improvement.

Best Collaborative Effort (Buyer/Supplier (AB) and Supplier (B) members):

Examples of how a supplier has used collaboration or partnership with customers, suppliers or other stakeholders to improve working conditions or to solve a responsible sourcing challenge.

Most Innovative New Programme (Service Providers):

Examples of how an innovative supply chain monitoring, capacity building or worker engagement programme has helped support positive impact or continuous improvement within the supply chain.

Best New Programme Implemented (Buyer (A), Buyer/Supplier (AB) and Supplier (B) members):

Examples of how members at any stage of their responsible sourcing journey have successfully implemented a new programme.


How the Sedex Awards work

  • After the closing date of 16th February 2018, the Sedex team will review all submissions before creating a shortlist of the top three entries per category
  • The shortlisted candidates will be announced and invited to attend the Sedex Conference 2018
  • A small panel of experts (non-Sedex Members) will review the shortlist and select one winner per category
  • The award ceremony will take place on 13th March 2018 at the Sedex Conference 2018 during the Awards and networking dinner, when the winner of each category will be presented with a trophy

Sedex Dinner and Awards

The winners were announced during the exclusive Sedex Dinner and Awards, held on the evening of the 13th of March.


Read more about the winners


The 2018 Judges

The shortlist will be judged by the below expert panel of judges who use the following criteria:

  • Scale of impact, including social, monetary and community benefits;
  • Level of innovation;
  • Possibility of replicating the project/programme


Elise More, Regional Director EMEA, International Labor Standards Group at The Walt Disney Company

Elise More leads the engagement with all businesses in the EMEA region, enabling them and their external partners to implement the ILS program within their branded product supply chains. Elise arrived in this role via an earlier career including external relations and learning and development at the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, at the Geneva HQs and in Pakistan; an MBA; a stint in freelance consulting in the UK private sector, and project management at the Institute of Business Ethics. Elise is a Member, CIPD and holds a first degree in Modern Languages and an MBA with a specialism in Human Resources & Management.


Dr Theo HackingDirector, Graduate Programmes, University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership

Before embarking on an academic career Theo spent 15 years working in industry and as a consultant in the fields of environmental management and sustainable development. From 2003 to 2006 he took a career break to undertake research towards a PhD at Cambridge, which involved an investigation into the ‘Sustainability Assessment’ of mining projects. After another short stint working in industry, Theo returned to Cambridge’s Engineering Department in 2008 as a Senior Research Associate. In this role he oversaw the establishment of an industry-funded research programme into energy efficiency in the built environment, and supervised research by Masters and PhD students. At CISL Theo is director of the graduate programmes, which includes: Master’s courses in Sustainability Leadership, and Interdisciplinary Design for the Built Environment; and Postgraduate Certificates in Sustainable Business, and Sustainable Value Chains. He also serves as a part-time research director.


Mark DriscollAffiliate Director for Sustainable Nutrition with Forum for the Future

Mark Driscoll is Affiliate Director for Sustainable Nutrition with Forum for the Future, an international sustainability non-profit organisation. He is responsible for the development and delivery Forums work on sustainable food systems, working with businesses, governments and others with the aim of creating a sustainable, fair and equitable global food system.  Having graduated from Wye College (London University) with a degree in Agriculture and environmental science, Mark has worked in the fields of sustainable development and sustainable food for over 25 years. He has worked extensively on sustainable value chains including within the tea, fish, cocoa and diary sectors. He also leads a number of collaborative projects, including the Protein challenge 2040 initiative.  Mark has been involved in a wide range of innovative external food initiatives, working with governments and the food industry, both within the UK and globally. He sits on a number of governmental and business advisory boards and works with a number of global food businesses supporting the development of their sustainability strategies


Jermyn P Brooks, Transparency International

Jermyn Brooks was a founding Board Member of the World Economic Forum’s Partnering Against Corruption Initiative, and since 2009 chairs the 10th Principle Working Group of the United Nations Global Compact. Jermyn joined Price Waterhouse London in 1962, and worked for the company in senior roles around the globe until 2000. He is also a member of the Wolfsberg Group, which developed the Wolfsberg Anti-Money Laundering Principles, and serves as Independent Chair of the Global Network Initiative. Jermyn chaired the Steering Committee of the Business Principles for Countering Bribery. He served on Transparency International Board from 2003-2006 and was elected again in 2011.


Last year’s winners

Best example of continuous improvement (Buyer (A) and Buyer/Supplier (AB) members): M&S (UK) – M&S Food How We Do Business Sustainability Framework.

Best collaborative effort (Buyer/Supplier (AB) and Supplier (B) members): AMC Group (Spain) – The Juice CSR Platform.

Most innovative new programme (service providers): ELEVATE (UK) in collaboration with EICC – Workplace of Choice Programme.


Entries for the Sedex Awards 2018 have now closed. If you have any questions, please feel free to get in touch with

We hope that you enter next year and you can read more about the winning entries below.


Awards winners

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