About the Gold Medal

The WEC Gold Medal Award for International Corporate 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 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. 
  2. Application Process:  Nominations are reviewed.  Companies meeting the application criteria are invited to submit an application for the WEC Gold Medal for International Corporate Achievement in Sustainable Development for the independent jury to review. Criteria and guidelines for the full application can be found here.

Nominations are now CLOSED for the 39th WEC Gold Medal for International Corporate Achievement in Sustainable Development.

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2023 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.

38th Gold Medal Winner

The World Environment Center is pleased to announce that its 39th Gold Medal for International Corporate Achievement in Sustainable Development will be awarded to Jacobs. The Gold Medal Award will be presented to Jacobs at an in-person ceremony at Washington, DC’s Planet Word on Wednesday, May 17, 2023.

The Gold Medal Award is presented annually to a global company that has integrated sustainability into its business practices, created ground-breaking solutions to critical environmental and social challenges, and demonstrated global leadership to accelerate progress toward a sustainable future. An independent Gold Medal Jury comprised of recognized sustainability experts selects the Gold Medalist through a global competition among nominated companies invited to apply for the Award.

Press Release

Read the full press release here.