Independent recognition

Since we launched Plan A in 2007 we have received over 100 awards covering all aspects of sustainability. These pages list the most recent.

2013

Ethisphere
2013 World’s Most Responsible Companies
Drinks Retailing Awards
2013 Ethical Retailer of the Year
sustain Magazine
2013 Award for Construction (Cheshire Oaks)
sustain Magazine
2013 Award for Retail Hospitality and Tourism (Cheshire Oaks)
The Sustainable Cities
2013 Award for Sustainable Fashion
The Times
2013 Top 50 Employees for Women
The Environment and Energy Awards
2013 Sustainable Business of the Year
The Big Society Awards
2013 Award (Shwopping)
Business in the Community Corporate Responsibility Index
Platinum Plus performer 2013
Business in the Community Excellence Awards
Platinum Big Tick 2013
Retail Week Awards
2013 Best CSR Initiative (Shwopping)
PEA Business Awards
2013 Building and construction (Cheshire Oaks)
Resource Revolution Awards
2013 Closed Loop Exemplar (with Somerset Waste Partnership)
Guardian Sustainable Business Awards
2013 Built environment (Cheshire Oaks)

2012

People And the Environment (PEA) Business Awards
2012 Retail Award
Ethisphere 2012
World’s Most Responsible Companies
Forest Footprint Disclosure Project
2012 Best General Retail Sector Performer
Business in the Community Corporate Responsibility Index
Platinum Plus performer 2011
New Energy Awards
2012 Retailer of the Year (for energy efficiency)
The Times
2012 Top 50 Employers for Women
Corporate Register
2012 Relevance and materiality
Corporate Register
2012 Openness and honesty
Queen’s Award for Enterprise
2012 Sustainable Development
Business in the Community National Awards for Excellence
2012 Responsible Supply Chain Big Tick
Rainforest Alliance Honorees
2012 Sustainable Standard-Setter
European Business Awards for the Environment
2012 Award for Management
The Guardian Sustainable Business Awards
2012 Supply Chain
Business in the Community Awards for Excellence
2012 Responsible Business of the Year
Ethical Corporation Responsible Business Awards
2012 Supply Chain Excellence
IR Magazine
2012 Best practice of corporate social responsibility
Royal Institute of British Architects
2012 White Rose Award (Ecclesall Road store for sustainable design)
World Retail Award
2012 Joint Winner for Responsible Retailer of the Year
Greenpeace sustainable tuna table
2012 Joint Top
Carbon Disclosure Project
2012 best retailer and only retailer in the global Carbon Performance Leadership Index
Newsweek Global 500 Green Rankings
2012 best retailer (10th overall)
PR Week Awards
2012 Consumer Marketing Communications (Shwopping)
Chartered Institute for Personnel and Development People Management
2012 Corporate Social Responsibility Award
Chartered Institute for Logistics and Transport Awards for Excellence
2012 Supply Chain Collaboration
Carbon Clear FTSE 100 carbon management performance
2012 top company
The National Business Awards
2012 Sustainability Award
PR Consultants Association Awards
2012 Corporate Social Responsibility (Shwopping)
Forest Footprint Disclosure Project
2013 Best General Retail Sector Performer
British Quality Foundation Awards
2012 Sustainable Future
Queen’s Award for Enterprise
2012 Sustainable Development

2011

Business in the Community Corporate Responsibility Index
Platinum Plus performer 2011
Greenpeace (sustainable) Tuna League Table
2011 Joint best retailer
FT ArcelorMittal Boldness in Business
2011 Corporate Responsibility
The Times
2011 Top 50 Employers for Women
Fast Company
2011 The World’s 50 Most Innovative Companies (for Plan A)
Fish2fork and Zoological Society of London
2011 Bluefish Award for Sustainable Sourcing
Sunday Times Green Companies
2011 60 Best Green Companies
The Guardian Sustainable Business Awards
2011 Employee Engagement Award
The Marketing Week Engage Awards
2011 Retail Award (for Plan A)
Business in the Community Awards for Excellence
2011 Responsible Supply Chain
Compassion in World Farming Awards
2011 Good Dairy Commendation
National Recycling Awards
2011 Retail Recycler
Carbonclear reporting on carbon emissions
2011 Top Retailer Performer
(2nd overall)
Retail Week Supply Chain Awards
2011 Transport Initiative of the Year (for use of rail freight)
Business in the Community Ireland- 2011 Eco-Business Award
Multinational Company
AARP Best Employers for Workers over 50
2011 Global Award for Innovative Older Workforce Practice
World Retail Award
2011 Winner for CSR
PWC Building Public Trust Awards
2011 FTSE 100 Sustainability Reporting Award
Ipsos MORI CR Experts survey
2011 Leaders in reporting impacts on society and the environment
Ipsos MORI CR Experts survey
2011 ‘Top of mind’ leaders on responsibility
Starpack Industry Awards
2011 Special Award for Plan A packaging
RSPCA Good Business Awards
2011 Sustained Excellence Winner
Green Business Awards Green Globes
2011 Built Environment Award
Edie.net Awards for Environmental Excellence
2011 Green Corporate Initiative Award (for energy efficiency)
Edie.net Awards for Environmental Excellence
2011 Renewable Energy Award
Cooling Industry Awards
2011 Retail Project of the Year (refrigeration)
WWF Palm Oil Buyers
Scorecard 2011 Joint first
Business in the Community
CommunityMark (2011 reapproval)
The Carbon Trust
Carbon Trust Standard (recertified for two years in 2011)
Premises and Facilities Management Awards
2011 Partners in CSR (with Helistrat Management Services)
Pesticide Action Network UK 2011 supermarket league table
Joint top
Forest Footprint Disclosure Project
2011 Best General Retail Sector Performer
International WWF Palm Oil Buyers Scorecard 2011
Joint top