About the Awards

Now in its fourth edition, the Gulf Sustainability and CSR Awards enables businesses across the Gulf to compete for the ultimate accolade in the world of sustainability and corporate social responsibility. This year, the Awards return with a streamlined set of 12 categories that cover the range of inspiring initiatives deserving recognition. So whether you’re a large corporation, a dynamic young start-up or an established SME, we want to hear how you’re implementing outstanding Sustainability and CSR initiatives.

To create an experience that protects people’s health, we’re holding the Awards over two days this year. On Day 1, the Awards Finals will take place online. Every finalist will use videoconferencing software to present their initiatives to an independent judging panel. There will also be separate ‘rooms’ dedicated to networking with other top professionals.

On Day 2, we will hold the Awards Ceremony at Jumeirah Creekside Hotel in Dubai. We will ensure that social distancing measures remain in place at this event. There will be a three-course gala lunch, keynote speech and, of course, the announcement of the winners in each category.

Since our Awards are cross-sector, business professionals from across the economy will be in attendance. This makes our Awards the perfect place to acquire new ideas and see how Sustainability and CSR best practice is achieved across the Gulf.

By bringing together hundreds of business professionals, the Awards offer unparalleled brand positioning and networking opportunities. This event is not to be missed.

Find out more about Awards International


Gain recognition for what you’ve achieved.

Hear stories of company success by attending the Open Presentations.

Raise your profile and generate PR for your company.

Increase your network, with the opportunity to connect with hundreds of professionals.

Raise staff morale by attending a fun and memorable event with the whole team.

Improve your strategy with detailed feedback following the awards.

Who can enter the Gulf Sustainability and CSR Awards?

We welcome and encourage entries from all business, organisations and individuals, regardless of sector, who are committed to exceptional sustainability and corporate social responsibility.

SME or multinational?

Our judges recognise excellence and innovation no matter the size of the organisation. SMEs and large organisations fare equally well in front of our panels of independent judges. The important thing is that you can demonstrate the value of your initiative!

What kinds of initiatives can enter the Awards?

Any initiative in your organisation that has yielded impressive Sustainability and CSR results is worthy of nomination for these Awards. If you can demonstrate tangible benefits in either of these areas, you are an ideal candidate!


Early Bird Entry Deadline - 26th December 2019

Entry Deadline - 5th March 2020

Finalists Announced - 12th March 2020

Early Bird Booking Deadline - 27th August 2020

Booking Deadline - 8th October 2020

Awards Finals - 20th October 2020

Awards Cermony - 21st October 2020

The Awards Finals

October 20th is the final round of competition for the Awards. Finalists have already submitted a written entry, which counts for 50% of their score. At the Awards Finals, they present their initiative in front of an independent judging panel to determine their ultimate score.

You have 15 minutes to present and 15 minutes to take questions from the judges. These presentations will be running throughout the morning, so you’ll have the opportunity to see other companies sharing their story too.

To protect our customers’ health, we will be holding the Awards Finals fully online this year. Each category will be its own online ‘channel’, administered by a member of the Awards International team. There will also be dedicated networking spaces where you can connect with other sustainability and CSR professionals.

The Awards Ceremony

The next day, October 21st, we will gather at the Jumeirah Creekside Hotel in Dubai for the Awards Ceremony. We will ensure that social distancing is respected at this event to protect the health of all our customers.

The ceremony will feature a three-course meal, a keynote speech, tree planting, plus a videolink to our conservation partners in the Galapagos! It will also feature the announcement of the winners in each category!