An Post, Grant Thornton and CIE in the mix for best sustainable team of the year

Countdown to Ireland’s top ESG awards has begun with strongest ever range of entries from public and private companies, large and small

David McGee of PwC (left), Rory Leahy, chief safety and sustainability officer, Bus Éireann and Daniel McConnell, editor of the Business Post: Bus Éireann was announced as the grand prix winner at last year’s Sustainable Business Awards

An Post, Grant Thornton and the RCSI are among the candidates battling it out for the crown of best team of the year at this year’s PwC/Business Post Sustainable Business Awards.

Also in contention are Ballymaguire Foods and the state’s transport group CIÉ.

The awards now in their third year seek to highlight achievement in large and small private and public companies in the area of sustainability.

In what is a rigorous assessment process, companies are being judged on their overall understanding of environmental sustainability within the sector and the role of the nominated team in addressing challenges which have presented themselves.

The entrants are also being judged on the company’s efforts to tackle its environmental footprint or the footprint of its customers and how the company’s nominated sustainability team integrates environmental measures into the overall firm’s decision-making.

A total of 66 entries have been shortlisted for the third annual edition of the PwC Business Post Sustainable Business Awards and the gala ceremony will take place in Dublin on Thursday, March 21.

The awards received a record number of entries this year, garnering more 150 submissions from 100 businesses active in Ireland.

The awards programme has been extended to 13 categories, reflecting the strong growth in interest in the awards this year.

Established in 2022, the PwC Business Post Sustainable Business Awards recognise leadership, innovation, investment and ingenuity in the areas of Environment, Social and Governance (ESG).

Past winners have included An Post, Bus Éireann, Bord na Móna and University College Cork (UCC).

Business Post political correspondent Daniel Murray who is chair of the SBA judging panel said he was delighted to see such a strong set of entries from across a broad range of businesses and industries.

“The range of entries received this year is testament to the commitment of Irish business people to sustainability, and we’re delighted to be able to showcase their efforts through these annual awards. We’d particularly like to thank PwC for their ongoing support of the awards,” he said.

Business Post Editor Daniel McConnell said the Business Post prides itself on the quality of its energy, environmental and social coverage.

“As a news organisation, we invest more in ESG journalism than any other Irish national media outlet. In addition to daily news and analysis, plus a dedicated ESG newsletter, we produce the leading environmental journalism podcast Five Degrees of Change, hosted by Daniel Murray,” he said.

The involvement of the Business Post editorial team in the shortlisting and final adjudication of the awards is an effort to bring those standards and in-house expertise to the process, which makes these awards different to many other environmental awards in Ireland.

By doing so, we hope to recognise genuine efforts being made in the business community in tackling their environmental footprints.

David McGee, PwC Ireland ESG Leader, said the awards “celebrate best in class Irish businesses across a wide range of ESG categories that invest in and promote sustainable practices, innovation and leadership”.