Aviva Investors Sustainability Media Awards (2023)

Aviva Investors Sustainability Media Awards (1)

Recognising excellence in UK media coverage of sustainability.

About the Awards

Now in its second year, the Aviva Investors Sustainability Media Awards is an annual event celebrating excellence in reporting across sustainability-linked topics in the UK media. The climate crisis is the greatest long-term threat to life on our planet and societies and the media plays a crucial role in shaping debate and understanding about how to respond.

The Awards aim to recognise the consistently high standards achieved by publications in the national press, institutional and wholesale investment trade media and specialist ESG publications. We welcome submissions from reporters, including freelancers, editors, sub-editors and editorial teams.

Presentation of the Awards will take place on the evening of Thursday, November 3rd at Aviva’s offices at St Helen's, 1 Undershaft, London EC3P 3DQ. Your safety is important, and the event will be held in accordance with prevailing Government guidelines and recommendations. Further details will be communicated in due course.

Categories

Publication of the Year

This award recognises the publication among the UK’s national titles, wholesale and institutional investment trade press and specialist ESG media, which has been at the forefront of the sustainability agenda over the last year (June 2021 – June 2022). Publications are invited to submit a selection of up to three articles, an outline of any initiatives undertaken and key hires, along with an 800-word summary detailing their contribution to the sustainability debate.

Editor of the year

This award recognises the editor that has made the biggest contribution to the media landscape on the topic of sustainability over the last year (June 2021 – June 2022).

Candidates can be self-nominated or by a third party, but all submissions must include an 800-word summary and up to three supporting articles or pieces of documentation.

Articles of the year

Last year’s news and features categories have been merged to recognize instead articles across distinct core areas of sustainability. Journalists are invited to submit one article and a 500-word summary for any/all of the sub-categories. Stories must have been published in the last year (June 2021 – June 2022). An overall winner may be selected at the Judges’ discretion.

  • Climate change article of the year:

o Articles and summaries should demonstrate how climate change and the challenges it poses for the asset management industry, its clients, and wider society, are influencing investment selection and decision making, engagement with investee companies, product development and corporate values.

  • Biodiversity article of the year:

o Articles and summaries should demonstrate how biodiversity loss and other natural capital themes, and the challenges these pose for the asset management industry, its clients, and wider society, are influencing investment selection and decision making, engagement with investee companies, product development and corporate values.

  • Social article of the year:

o Articles and summaries should demonstrate how social and human rights topics, and the challenges these pose for the asset management industry, its clients, and wider society, are influencing investment selection and decision making, engagement with investee companies, product development and corporate values.

  • Policy and regulation article of the year:

Articles and summaries should demonstrate an understanding of how evolving policy and regulation is/is not reshaping the rules and direction of ESG for the better protection and understanding of investors.

Judges’ Choice Award for Best Contribution to Climate Change Journalism

Awarded at the discretion of the judging panel, this category looks to recognise a journalist or editor that has made an outstanding contribution to climate change journalism over a prolonged period. We invite the submission of up to three articles, an outline of any industry or societal campaigns where the individual has played a key role, and an accompanying 800-word summary detailing their contribution to the climate change debate.

Newcomer of the Year

Journalists with less than two years of investment media experience as of June 2020 will be commended for their input into the sustainability debate. Please provide a 500-word summary of the candidate’s experience to date, their major achievements over the last year (June 2021 – June 2022) and a selection of up to three articles.

Best editorial ESG/Sustainability campaign

This award recognises the editorial team/publication’s sustainability-focused campaign conducted/launched in the last year (June 2021 – June 2022). The successful campaign can be focused on any aspect of sustainability and ESG. Please provide an 800-word summary and accompanying documentation to outline the objectives and results of the campaign submitted.

Real Assets Publication of the Year

This award recognises the dedicated Real Assets publication within the UK media, which has been at the forefront of the sustainability agenda over the last year (June 2021 – June 2022). Publications are invited to submit a selection of up to three articles, an outline of any initiatives or campaigns they have conducted in the last year, key hires and an 800-word summary of why they are qualified to win this accolade.

Judges

Steve Waygood Chief Responsible Investment Officer View profile Rhian-Mari Thomas Chief Executive, Green Finance Institute View profile Sarah Gordon Chief Executive, Impact Investing Institute View profile James Alexander Chief Executive Officer, UKSIF View profile Mark Cobley Communications Specialist, Principles for Responsible Investment View profile Emma Howard Boyd CBE Former Chair of the Environment Agency View profile

Rules of Entry

The awards are open to journalists writing for the national press, institutional and wholesale investment trade media and specialist ESG publications, with a predominantly UK based readership.

To enter, please fill out the four sections below and return this document by email to avivainvestorsawards@citigatedewerogerson.com by the closing date, Friday, 19th August.

All sections must be completed. Please insert any articles for consideration under Section 4 of this document.

For further information on the Awards, please contact avivainvestorsawards@citigatedewerogerson.com or Eleanor Pinnegar on +44 (0)20 7025 6610.

If you are submitting in more than one category, please complete a separate entry form for each one.

Please anonymise your supporting articles by removing all mentions of your name and publication.

There is no set word count for any of the categories. The word counts specified below are merely for guidance (and to act as a limit). We leave it up to your discretion on how much information you would like to provide. Shorter word counts will not affect your chances of winning the awards.

2022 Winners

Editor of the Year

  • Winner – James Murray, Business Green
  • Highly commended – Toby Mitchenall, New Private Markets
  • Shortlisted – Daniel Flatt, Capital Monitor

Best Editorial Campaign

  • Winner – Financial Times (Lex)
  • Highly commended – ESG Clarity

Judges’ Choice, Best Contribution to Climate Change Journalism

  • Winner – Alex Newman, Investors Chronicle

Newcomer of the Year

  • Winner – Polly Bindman, Capital Monitor
  • Highly commended – Siri Christiansen, Citywire Selector
  • Shortlisted – Dominic Webb, Responsible Investor

Climate Change Article of the Year

  • Winner – Vibeka Mair, Capital Monitor
  • Highly commended – Laurence Fletcher and Joshua Oliver, Financial Times

Biodiversity Article of the Year

  • Winner – Chris Hall, ESG Investor
  • Highly commended – Margaryta Kirakosian, Citywire Selector

Social Article of the Year

  • Winner – Paul Hodgson, Freelance
  • Highly Commended – Dan Jones, Investors Chronicle
  • Shortlisted – Gill Wadsworth, Freelance

Policy & Regulation Article of the Year

  • Winner – Alex Newman, Investors Chronicle
  • Highly Commended – Stephanie Baxter, Rhotic Media

Real Assets Publication of the Year

  • Winner – Infrastructure Investor
  • Highly commended – IPE Real Assets
  • Shortlisted – Real Asset Impact

2021 Winners

Best Contribution to Climate Change Journalism

  • Mike Scott, Freelancer [Winner]
  • Vibeka Mair, Capital Monitor (for work at Morningstar) [Highly Commended]

Best News Story

  • Dominic Webb, Responsible Investor [Winner]
  • June Yoon, Financial Times [Highly Commended]

Best Feature or Analysis Article

  • Vanessa Houlder, Financial Times [Winner]
  • Alex Hamer, Investors Chronicle [Highly Commended]

Best Editorial Campaign

  • Responsible Investor [Winner]
  • PEI [Highly Commended]

Newcomer of the Year

  • Oliver Telling, Investors Chronicle [Winner]
  • Gina Gambetta, Responsible Investor [Highly Commended]

Editor of the Year

  • Natalie Kenway, ESG Clarity [Winner]
  • Margaryta Kirakosian, Citywire Selector [Highly Commended]

Publication of the Year

  • Responsible Investor [Winner]
  • Investment Week [Highly Commended]

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