Launched in 2021, The Circle Awards recognise and celebrate the businesses, organisations, projects and people who are creating a positive environmental and social impact. And while public recognition is obviously a part of proceedings, founder Nick Hoskin sees it more as an opportunity for businesses to learn, connect and innovate.
“I set out to find a way to celebrate those leading the way and share their stories as inspiration and education to empower others to adopt a more purpose-driven approach within their businesses and organisations,” he says. “The goal was simple: create an annual awards program that grows a community of passionate individuals and fosters a culture of collaboration and collective action, not competition.”
“Our focus is on celebrating those making progress towards a better future, not just those who are doing things perfectly – we want The Circle Awards to be accessible to as many entrants as possible,” he adds. “Last year we had lots of questions about whether or not certain businesses were ‘good enough’ to enter, but we always encourage everyone to take part as even if they don’t win, they will still get value out of taking part.”
“By making it easy for people to discover these better products and services, we’re [also] accelerating the growth of conscious consumption – taking it from a niche movement and helping it become the normal behaviour amongst the majority.”
The Circle Awards 2022 were open to Australian and New Zealand-registered businesses of any size in categories that spanned architecture, construction, health and beauty, lifestyle, technology, transport, tourism, travel and more.
As well as a who’s who of sustainability on the official judging panel, the awards also recognise the value of people power with People’s Choice voting open this week. Time is limited though, with public voting only open until 6pm AEST on Friday 30 September. By voting, you’ll also be in the running for a prize pack featuring goodies from the likes of Great Wrap, Ulu Hye, Karst, The Swag (2021 People’s Choice winners) and more! You can see the full list of nominees and vote for your favourite here!
Winners of the 14 other categories will be revealed at a ceremony on 18 October. For more information about The Circle Awards 2022, visit their website!