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 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 Achievement in Sustainable Development for the independent jury to review. 

Nominations are now CLOSED for the 38th WEC Gold Medal for International Achievement in Sustainable Development.

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2022 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.

37th Gold Medal Winner

The World Environment Center (WEC) is pleased to announce that its 37th annual Gold Medal for International Corporate Achievement in Sustainable Development will be awarded to Microsoft.

Through a global competition, the independent Gold Medal Jury selected Microsoft’s this year in recognition of the company’s strong sustainability record and ambitious commitments They recognized Microsoft for advancing global progress beyond its core business by its investment in carbon removal, its Climate Innovation Fund, and its public policy engagement on climate change.

Press Release

Read the full press release here. Read the full Jury Citation here.