IFS Change for Good Sustainability Awards

IFS celebrates customers who make a difference

The awards recognize sustainability excellence within our customer community, at both a business and individual level, and provide an opportunity to celebrate those:

  • who make a difference
  • who raise the bar
  • who act sustainably

Winners were invited to dine with Lewis Pugh (UN Patron of the Oceans) in Scotland during the United Nations Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP26) in November 2021.

Our 2021 winners were announced on October 1, discover why they won below.

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The Winners

We're proud to share the five winners of the 2021 IFS Change for Good awards for their commitment to sustainable excellence:

Rolls-Royce: Going green at 35,000 feet
The winner in the “Best use of IFS Technology in a Sustainability Initiative” category is aircraft engine manufacturer Rolls-Royce. For the last two decades, the company has been at the core of innovation within aviation since pioneering Totalcare—a servitization model that included providing maintenance support for every engine sold. Since then, the company has innovated further with its Blue Data Thread and InteligentEngine technology, which utilizes IFS Maintenix software allow two-way data exchange between Rolls-Royce and its customers on engine health. “The IntelligentEngine combines the physical and digital worlds, by using digital twins to inform data-driven decisions to increase availability and minimize unexpected maintenance disruption,” explains Nick Ward, VP of Digital Systems.
Read the Rolls-Royce winner's profile and find out their IntelligentEngine vision is safely extending the time between engine overhauls by up to 45%.

Eco Spindles: From discarded plastics to fashionable fabrics
The winner in our “Most Innovative Solution for Sustainability” category, Eco Spindles is a pioneer in tackling the one of the biggest environmental challenges this century—plastic waste. The company currently collects 7.5 million PET (polyethylene terephthalate) bottles a month that lay discarded on Sri Lanka’s beaches. Each is then pioneeringly recycled into new products.
Read the complete Eco Spindles winner's profile and discover more about Sri Lanka’s first and only plastic recycler.

Climate for Life: Heating homes, not the planet
Introducing this year’s winner in our “Journey of Transformation to Sustainable Business” category, Netherlands-based Climate for Life. As its name suggests, Climate for Life has been at forefront of sustainability for years and at its core has a mission to offer sustainable heating and ventilation solutions to customers. In the last decade it has implemented a four-point strategy focused on sustainability: to transition from gas condensing boilers to heat pumps, to develop products and services that reduce emissions, to increase its product recyclability and to cut the carbon footprint of its manufacturing process.
Read the winner's profile for Climate for Life and explore their ‘climate as a service’ proposition.

Nature’s Path Foods: Sowing the seeds of sustainability
This year’s winner in our “Social Impact” category is Canadian based Nature’s Path Foods. Nature’s Path is a family run, independent business that produces 150 varieties of organic breakfast cereals and other snacks. The company has sustainability at its roots and has actioned many socially responsible strategies to help cut its carbon footprint and those of its customers. The company has become the first North American food producer to achieve zero-waste certification across its production line. Samantha Falk, Communications Director explains: “Our vision is to always leave the earth better than we found it, so we genuinely hold ourselves accountable to doing what’s best for people and the planet.”
Read Nature's Path Foods winner's profile and learn why they are never afraid to at least try and do the difficult – but right – thing.

Wrightbus: Getting from A to B carbon free
This year’s winner in our “Individual Contribution” category is Wrightbus. Hailing from Antrum, Northern Ireland, the company has risen like a phoenix, from administration in 2019 to introducing the world’s first hydrogen-powered bus into service this year. The Streetdeck Hydroliner fleet has since clocked up over 620,000 miles, saving over a million kilograms of CO2 in the process.
Read the complete winner's profile for Wrightbus and discover why their ambition was never just to save their company – it was to help save the planet.


The Award Categories


Best use of IFS technology in a sustainability initiative
This award is open to any business which is using IFS technology to enable or support a sustainability initiative. The judges will be looking for evidence that the entity is using IFS technology to the greatest extent possible and delivering metrics to help drive their sustainability goals.

Most innovative solution for sustainability
This award recognizes multi-faceted innovation projects—those that achieve multiple goals in areas such as sustainability, social and environmental aspects. All phases of the project should be considered. Extra weight will be given to those demonstrating how environmental, social and financial considerations can be successfully integrated.

Journey of transformation to a sustainable business
This category is for any business that has developed an effective, comprehensive and purpose-driven business plan that is credible, results driven, addresses their core business function and reinforces their commitment to operating in an economically, socially and environmentally responsible manner.

Social impact
If you are an organisation that demonstrates an all-round commitment to your social impact programs, by supporting and delivering well thought-out and successful workplace schemes, then you are eligible to enter this award.

Individual contribution
This award is open to organisations wishing to enter an individual (or themselves) who have shown outstanding commitment in promoting responsible and ethical practices and driving real change within their chosen field. This can include individuals leading a programme within the organisation, for example, a charity partnership or employee engagement scheme.

The Judges

Lewis Pugh

Lewis Pugh is an endurance swimmer and the UN Patron of the Oceans. He pioneers swims in the most vulnerable ecosystems on Earth to call for their protection. He was the first person to complete a long-distance swim in every ocean of the world. He was also the first to swim across the North Pole, and the first to swim the full length of the English Channel.
Lewis has been instrumental in protecting over 2 million km2 of vulnerable ocean—an area larger than Western Europe. His dream is to fully protect 30% of the world’s oceans by 2030.
He was appointed IFS’ Sustainability Ambassador in April 2021.

Jacqueline de Rojas

Jacqueline is the President of techUK, Co-Chair at the Institute of Coding and the President of the Digital Leaders board. She sits as a Non-Executive Director on the board of UK technology business Rightmove; on the board of Costain plc, which is committed to solving the nation’s infrastructure problems; and also serves on the board of global tech consultancy and skills business FDM Group plc.
She is a passionate advocate for diversity and inclusion which informs where she places her support. Jacqueline was awarded a CBE for Services to International Trade in Technology in the Queen's New Year Honours list 2018.
Jacqueline joined the IFS Board as non-executive director in May 2021.

Michelle Lancaster

Michelle Lancaster is Director of Sustainability at Microsoft, where she leads the company’s sustainability-focused work with external stakeholders, as well as go-to-market strategy with customers and product development. For the past seven years prior, she led Microsoft’s sustainability and corporate responsibility communications and prior to that, led public affairs campaigns for Fortune 500 companies in Washington, D.C.

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Terms and Conditions

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