The WEC Gold Medal Award is presented annually to a global company that has demonstrated successful integration of sustainability as a core part of its business practice, with commitment at all levels of the corporation; that has demonstrated its commitment to innovation to provide ground-breaking solutions in its industry to critical environmental and social challenges; and that has invested in global leadership to transform market conditions so as to accelerate progress toward a sustainable future.

The successful applicant will demonstrate its performance on all three of these elements, bolstered by evidence that its path has resulted in extraordinary results and impact. Global corporations that can document well-implemented, outstanding and sustained success are eligible to compete for the award.

Successful applicants will tell the story of the strategy it has chosen, explain its implementation, provide evidence of results, and convey the company’s passion and commitment through concrete examples that give a sense of the level of difficulty of the endeavor, intensity of investment, and the concrete demonstrated results achieved.

Who is Eligible?

  • Multinational manufacturing, processing and/or services companies with operations outside the headquarters’ country.
  • Parent companies or subsidiaries.
  • Candidates that show improvement in sustainable development over consecutive years.
  • Past applicants may re-apply with the same application within three years of original submission.

The winner of the 39th Annual Gold Medal for International Corporate Achievement in Sustainable Development will be honored at a celebration in May 2023.

What are the Criteria for the award?

Criteria for the award can be found in the guide, here.

What is the application process for the Gold Medal Award?

Any person can nominate a company that meets the criteria listed. Self-nominations are accepted. It’s a two-step application process where: 1) applicants first complete the online nomination form, then if selected to proceed, 2) submit a full application. Criteria for the full application and guidelines can be found here.

What is the time frame for submitting an application for the 2023 Award?

Nomination deadline: Friday, October 21, 2022

Full application deadline: Friday, November 18, 2022

How long should an application be?

There is no official page limit, but applicants should aim for an ideal maximum of 12-13 pages. Applicants are welcome to be creative with their application and can submit their application as a PDF and annexes as a PDF or other common media format. More details can be found here.

Who are the members of the Jury?

WEC Gold Medal Jury 2022 list can be found here.