The Selwyn Responsible Business Awards began in earnest in early June 2019. These are run by Lincoln Envirotown with the generous support of the Selwyn District Council.
Much work has been done on the online survey to make it a streamlined and enjoyable process and judging by the number of businesses that have already completed it, this goal has been achieved. It is aimed at providing a thought provoking exercise which prompts businesses to examine the environmental and community engagement aspects of their practices. Coordinators have been appointed to visit those businesses who opt to undertake the process, to assess and discuss their surveys and grant them an appropriate award.
Awards will be presented at a big event in the latter part of October. This is always an enjoyable evening and a celebration of the achievements of all our Selwyn businesses. Businesses receive certificates and “digital badges” for their media pages and stationery.
The chance to take part in this scheme is offered to all Selwyn businesses every two years. Over the years more than 150 businesses have participated and many improve on their award in successive periods as they implement new initiatives. This has been a very pleasing aspect of the project.
Businesses off er many reasons for entering, including:
• It is important to see where they are at in terms of environmental practices
• It is becoming more important to customers so businesses must show that they are concerned about these important issues.
• It is good to have an outside opinion regarding what more can be done.
• Some environmentally friendly initiatives save money.