Award Force + sustainability

Award Force helps recognise extraordinary human achievement and we believe it’s important for future generations to have the opportunity to do remarkable things. For this reason, sustainability is a high priority for us. We want to ensure a healthy and livable planet for many generations to come.

Climate change and loss of biodiversity is threatening life on earth and we believe organisations have a responsibility to minimise their environmental impact. We aim to run our business profitably, while minimising our environmental impact, delivering a valuable service for our clients, and providing fulfilling employment opportunities for talented people around the world.

Energy use

Our servers are hosted with Amazon Web Services (AWS) who have a long-term commitment to 100% renewable energy. Currently, AWS data centre energy needs come from 50% renewables. We wanted to do better, now. So since mid 2017, we have offset carbon dioxide from the other 50% of server energy coming from non-renewable sources, through Greenfleet. Greenfleet have planted 9 million native trees since 1997.

Waste and recycling

Award Force has a policy of zero paper waste. All our documentation is electronic and we do not do any printing. We also help clients reduce paper waste by facilitating the entry, judging, and management of their programs through a fully online service, dispensing with the need to print and ship physical entries.

Remote workforce

We are a fully distributed and remote workforce with the majority of employees working from home. This generates significant environmental benefits through not having to commute to and from work each day. It reduces the demand for office space, which takes up land, consumes resources in construction and maintenance, and comes with significant heating and cooling costs. And we’re less likely to be sending single-use coffee cups to landfill! That’s not to say we don’t appreciate a good cup of coffee. We just want to make sure future humans get to enjoy coffee too :)

Offsetting travel

We make a small number of flights per year for business purposes. Our carbon footprint from flights for the 2017-2018 Australian financial year was 35 tonnes of CO2. Like our server energy use, we’ve offset that carbon dioxide through tree planting via Greenfleet.

Product environmental benefits

Award Force is the environmentally friendly solution for awards and grant management. We help program organisers reduce their carbon footprint and environmental impact by:

  • Eliminating the need for entrants to print and ship physical entries

  • Eliminating the need to reproduce and distribute physical entries for judging

  • Facilitating judging remotely online— reducing or eliminating the need for judges to travel, in many cases by air locally and internationally

  • Facilitating the administration and management of award and grant programs online— reducing or eliminating the need for staff to travel

  • Provisioning for online galleries of winners— eliminating the need to print booklets and ship information about winners

Support for environmental defenders

We support the following environmental charities through donations. For the 2017-2018 Australian financial year, we donated 1.49% of profit to:

Sea Shepherd Australia

Australian Conservation Foundation

The Wilderness Society

Lock the Gate Alliance