Sustainability Innovation Award


The World Commission on Environment and Development (Brundtland Commission) defined sustainability as “[Meeting] the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs” and the OED defines innovation as “The introduction of novelties; the alteration of what is established by the introduction of new elements or forms.” While many see innovations as being primarily about “products”, for us, there are in fact four domains of innovation: Technical, Biotic, Social, and Conceptual. Innovations could stand on their own in any of these domains or represent an interdependent crossing several or all of these domains. With these definitions as the backdrop, we offer the following criteria for judge the best of the world’s Sustainability Innovations.

The criteria for the Sustainability Innovation category of Globe Award offer applicants wide latitude in their submission. Candidate sustainable innovations will be evaluated and judged using 6 sequential criteria: prime, prosperity, people, planet, perpetuity and principle.

  1. Prime: Is it a genuine innovation?
  2. Prosperity: Is it economically viable?
  3. People: Is it socially viable?
  4. Planet: Is it ecologically viable?
  5. Perpetual: Is it renewable into perpetuity?
  6. Principle: Is it ethically viable?

How to apply

The application period for Globe Award 2011 has ended. The Nominees are listed here.

Jury group for Globe Sustainability Innovation Award

Philip Desautels

Philip DesAutels, Chairman
Microsoft’s manager of Academic Evangelism and researcher at Bentley University; USA

Charlotte Masiello

Charlotte Masiello-Riome
Communication Expert Consultant for the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO), UK

Francesca Polini

Francesca Polini
Former Global Communications Director for Greenpeace and Founder of Wecare, Italy

M.S Swaminathan

Dr. M. S. Swaminathan
Chairman of the UNESCO – Cousteau and the National Commission on Agriculture, Food and Nutrition Security of India, India

Pierre Berthon

Dr. Pierre Berthon
Holds the Clifford F Youse Chair of Marketing and Strategy at Bentley University, USA