The prestigious accolade, initiated by the Sustainability Brand Forum, awarded 24 initiatives – 11 Winners and 13 Honourable Mentions.
The winners are – BAT Bangladesh, Grameenphone Ltd, Bangladesh Steel Re-Rolling Mills Ltd, Baah Store Limited, BRAC Bank Limited, BRAC Bank Limited, The City Bank Limited, GPH Ispat Limited, LafargeHolcim Bangladesh Limited, Unilever Bangladesh Ltd, Iassical Handmade Products BD Ltd, Nestle Bangladesh PLC, DBL Group, Hill Model United Nation, Epyllion Group, Energypac Power Generation Ltd, Envoy Textiles Limited, Green Textile Limited, Pacific Jens Limited, Robi Axiata Limited.
The award aimed to recognise and honour private organisations and brands that have contributed outstandingly to achieving the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in Bangladesh.
The initiative garnered enthusiastic responses and appreciation from various industries as it became the first-of-its-kind accolade in sustainability practices.
With over 450 people in attendance, the award ceremony showcased the innovative and effective initiatives of businesses, non-governmental and development organisations, trade bodies, and brands that have actively promoted and implemented sustainable development goals in the country.
The awards were divided into nine distinct categories, representing the comprehensive scope of all 17 SDGs and their implications in Bangladesh. The nomination registration for the awards took place from April 11 to May 7. A total of 147 nominations were submitted for the award.
The winners were selected through a rigorous multiple-step jury process, including initial screening of nominations, followed by in-depth reviews by seven exclusive grand jury panels of experts between May 19 and 22. The jury sessions comprised 31 respected category experts across industries to bring out the best initiatives to recognise and keep the process transparent, accountable, and bias-free.
The jury board included Md Abul Kalam Azad, Former Principal Coordinator (SDGs), Prime Minister’s Office; Dr Syed Ferhat Anwar, President, Asia Marketing Federation (AMF) & Professor & Immediate Past Director, IBA – University of Dhaka; Prof. Imran Rahman, Vice Chancellor, University of Liberal Arts Bangladesh (ULAB); Asif Iqbal, Group Chief Executive Officer, Hamid Group; Yasir Azman, Chief Executive Officer, Grameenphone Ltd.; Naser Ezaz Bijoy, CEO, Standard Chartered Bangladesh; Sabbir Nasir, Executive Director, ACI Logistics Ltd. (SHWAPNO); Azadul Haque, Chief Executive Officer, Max Group (Power); Syed Tanvir Husain, Chief Human Resources Officer, Grameenphone Ltd.; Parvez Mohammad Asheque, Chief of Party, USAID Advancing Universal Health Coverage (AUHC); Dr Ananya Raihan, Chief Executive Officer, Infolady Social Enterprise Ltd.
At the event, Nazia Andaleeb Preema, director and creative editor of Bangladesh Brand Forum, expressed his vision for fostering a culture of sustainability in Bangladesh.
She said, “In this modern world, sustainability is rooted in the philosophy and core objectives of any economy. Therefore, we need to push our industries and businesses to pursue sustainability at the core. I believe this accolade will initiate the process of reaching that purpose.”