World Environment Center Announces Call for Nominations for 2012 Gold Medal Award for International Corporate Achievement in Sustainable Development

Jun 29, 2011 1:00 PM ET
Campaign: Gold Medal

(3BL Media / theCSRfeed) June 29, 2011 - Washington, D.C. - The World Environment Center (WEC) is now accepting nominations for the 28th WEC Gold Medal for International Corporate Achievement in Sustainable Development. Global corporations demonstrating a unique and sustained contribution to sustainable development will be eligible for consideration. Nominations must be submitted by Friday, July 29, 2011 through WEC's website. Self-nominations are welcome. WEC membership is not required as a criterion for submitting a nomination.

Presented annually since 1985, the WEC Gold Medal Award is the most prestigious recognition of a global company's ongoing commitment to sustainability, as embodied by a unique signature contribution that is part of the winning company’s global vision and commitment to sustainable development. The signature contribution may be an innovative application of international economic, environmental, and/or social solutions to sustainability challenges. An independent Jury of international experts in business and sustainability selects the Gold Medal awardee. 

Nestlé S.A. was the recipient of the 2011 Gold Medal Award for its initiative, Creating Shared Value, incorporating water, nutrition, and rural development into its business model to create value for both society and shareholders.  The Gold Medal Award was presented to Nestlé CEO Mr. Paul Bulcke by Professor Jim Schorr of Vanderbilt University during WEC’s annual Gold Medal Gala on May 19, 2011, in Washington, DC. Professor Schorr is also the co-founder of Net Impact, an international organization that leverages the power of business to create a more socially and environmentally sustainable world.   

Previous recent recipients of the WEC Gold Medal Award include: Wal-mart Stores, Inc. (2010), The Coca-Cola Company (2009), Marks & Spencer (2008), Alcan (2007), ABN AMRO Bank (2006), Starbucks (2005), Johnson Controls Inc. (2004), Ricoh Group Ltd. (2003), CEMEX (2002), and The Royal Dutch/Shell Group (2001).

About World Environment Center

WEC is an independent, global non-profit, non-advocacy organization that advances sustainable development through the business practices and operations of its member companies and in partnership with governments, multi-lateral organizations, non-governmental organizations, universities and other stakeholders. WEC’s mission is to promote business and societal value by advancing solutions to sustainable development-related problems.  It manages projects for companies across their global operations, builds executive level learning and competency in incorporating sustainable development principles across a number of business sectors, and recognizes performance excellence through an annual awards program.  WEC is headquartered in Washington, D.C., with regional offices in China, El Salvador and Germany.