Footprint Awards is accredited by the RSA Environment Awards Scheme

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Footprint Awards officially received its RSA accredited status, thereby becoming the first awards initiative in foodservice and one of only 12 schemes to have ever received accreditation.


The RSA Environment Awards Accreditation Scheme has been in operation for the past 10 years, with the aim of helping to differentiate the large number of award schemes currently in existence. It provides a mechanism with which to identify the best from the rest, giving recognition to those award schemes that meet a robust set of criteria and by doing so demonstrate high quality and validity.

The Scheme is committed to improving the design, operation and efficiency of award schemes across the UK and so supporting DEFRA in meeting its overarching challenge ‘to secure a healthy environment in which we and future generations can prosper’.

It does this by accrediting awards to objective standards, ensuring that there is a benchmark for awards that reward real progress towards sustainability. The Accreditation Scheme encourages the creation of new awards and provides guidance and advice on best practice for running award schemes.

It is run by the RSA Environment Awards Forum, whose broad range of disciplines, professional experience and sectoral representation forms the necessary bedrock on which to base an evaluation framework that ensures UK Awards remain robust, credible and exemplary.

Good news for Footprint Awards Winners and Runners-Up: An important aim of the Accreditation Scheme is to provide good quality feeder schemes for the European Commission’s biennial European Business Awards for the Environment (EBAE). The EBAE play a crucial role in demonstrating progress on environmental and sustainable development issues worldwide. The Forum is tasked with selecting the UK entrants through accredited feeder schemes for the EBAE, meaning that the companies that get through are the cream of the crop in terms of UK environmental innovation. The UK is an exemplar throughout Europe due to its success at the EBAE (it has won 9 consecutive rounds, the last one being in 2010 with Findus Group).

Winners and Runners-Up of Footprint Awards 2011 qualify to enter EBAE’s 2012 and Winners and Runners-Up of Footprint Awards 2012 qualify to enter EBAE’s 2014. For more information and criteria please contact Footprint.