NORTHAMPTON, Mass., April 30, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Once a year for the last 20 years, hundreds of visionary business and thought leaders, policy makers, investors, and nonprofits ambassadors gather at the Ceres conference to discuss the current state and future goals of sustainable business. And this year, Justmeans was proud to add social innovation to the agenda through the 2012 Social Innovation Awards.
The Justmeans Social Innovation Awards exist to honor the global leaders from the business and nonprofit sectors that are tackling global issues through social innovation. Since the Social Innovation Awards launched in early 2009, they have recognized companies that have implemented groundbreaking strategies and programs that drive social and environmental responsibility and innovation. This year marked one of the most diverse years ever as applications came from over 17 countries on five continents and ranged in organizational size from the small startup nonprofit to the Fortune 100 company.
Within this competitive application pool and through a two-stage evaluation process, judges narrowed the applicants down to 29 finalists. Justmeans founder and Chair of 3BL Media Martin Smith announced the winners at the 2012 Social Innovation Awards Ceremony:
Best Social Investment Strategy
Winner: Vestergaard Frandsen
Best Employee Engagement Strategy
Winner: Santander Brasil
Best Use of New Media
Best Online Report
Winner: Nestle Waters North America
Best Integrated Report
Best Stakeholder Engagement
Best Product Design
Winner: Be Green Packaging, LLC
Best Incorporation of Ethical Sourcing/Certification
Winner: H.J. Heinz Company
Most Strategic Use of Philanthropic Funds
Best Sustainability Performance
Winner: Novo Nordisk
Said Smith of the Awards, "This year was absolutely one of the most exciting the Social Innovation Awards has been a part of. As social innovation continues to grow its stronghold within the business and nonprofit community, it is fascinating to watch how different organizations are embracing it within their respective strategies. I look forward to seeing what changes in next year's competition."
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Justmeans, a subsidiary of 3BL Media, is a leading source of information and connections for the sustainable business industry. Founded in 2008, the company has rapidly grown its online community of practitioners, investors, journalists, activists, and students to 250,000 registered users. Additionally, Justmeans provides content and distribution consulting for companies committed to social and environmental performance, a listing of sustainability jobs and events, and produces the Justmeans Social Innovation Awards. http://justmeans.com
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