About the Gold Medal

The WEC Gold Medal Award for International Achievement in Sustainable Development is one of the most prestigious forms of recognition of a global company’s ongoing commitment to the practice of sustainable development. Only global manufacturing, processing or service corporations that can document well implemented, outstanding and sustained success are eligible to compete for the award.

A potential applicant company must demonstrate global vision and a commitment to sustainable development through innovative application of policies, and international economic, environmental, and social responsibilities. An independent Jury of international leaders selects the Gold Medal recipient.

Gold Medal Application Process

The 2021 Gold Medal application process occurs in two phases:  

  1. Nomination Process:  Companies are invited to nominate the organization to be considered as a Gold Medal Applicant by filling out the form here (By January 26, 2021). 
  2. Application Process:  Nominations are reviewed.  Companies meeting the application criteria are invited to submit an application for the WEC Gold Medal for International Achievement in Sustainable Development for the independent jury to review. (Deadline by February 19, 2021)

Nominations are now OPEN for the 37th WEC Gold Medal for International Achievement in Sustainable Development 

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2021 Award Criteria & Process

Learn more about the Gold Medal, application process, deadlines here.


Submit a nomination here

WEC Gold Medal Jury 

Meet the members of our independent Gold Medal Jury can be found here.

Historic Winners

Learn more about the past winners here.

36th Gold Medal Winner

The World Environment Center (WEC) is pleased to announce that its 36th annual Gold Medal for International Corporate Achievement in Sustainable Development will be awarded to Ford Motor Company.  President and Chief Executive Officer of Ford Motor Company, Jim Farley, accepts the Gold Medal Award presented for their outstanding work in Sustainability.

Through a global competition, the independent Gold Medal Jury selected Ford’s application for their commitment to transforming its culture and innovating across the business, from the production line to the design studio; for their commitment to reduce the CO2 emissions from their facilities and their vehicles, in line with the climate targets outlined in the Paris Climate Accord; and for a global carbon reduction strategy focused on powering facilities with renewable energy.

WEC Jury Citation for Ford Motor Company 

Read the full citation from the independent 2020 WEC Gold Medal Jury here.