Awards: Categories

IGCC 2019 Climate Awards

Award Categories

There are four award categories in the IGCC Climate Awards. Expand each category below for the eligibility criteria, judging criteria and category questions.

Outstanding Individual

Outstanding Individual

Awarded to an individual who has demonstrated outstanding climate and investor leadership at an organisational or sector-wide level.

Eligibility criteria
  • Demonstrated outstanding leadership qualities in driving an organisational or investment-industry sector response to climate change.
  • Overseen, implemented or supported investment initiatives, products or portfolio solutions which significantly advance investor understanding or action on climate change.
  • Effectively communicated across the industry to promote the wide adoption of leading investment industry responses to climate related issues and impacts.
Judging Criteria:
  • Climate change impact: demonstrated individual leadership to significantly and materially achieve climate change related outcomes, whether transition or physical risk related.
  • Industry impact: demonstrated leadership in developing investment initiatives or organisational responses on climate change which inform, shape or significantly advanced investor practice.
  • Influence and outreach: demonstrated role in going above and beyond to influence investor practice on climate change, support the development of other individuals across the industry and contribute to industry-wide initiatives to drive investor practice on climate change.
  • The X factor: assessment of whether the individual has delivered industry-wide impacts which are transformative in tackling climate change.
Category Questions:
  1. Please provide a short description of the individual being nominated (max 150 words).
  2. Describe one or two major initiatives or programs that the nominated individual has undertaken which demonstrated outstanding leadership qualities (max 400 words).
  3. Describe the impact or outcome that the nominated individual has achieved on climate change related matters (max 250 words).
  4. What’s the point of difference between this person and other individuals operating in the sector (max 150 words)?

Outstanding Initiative by an Asset Owner

Outstanding Initiative by an Asset Owner

Awarded to an asset owner which has implemented an initiative, investment strategy, product, portfolio solution or transaction which constitutes a sector-leading approach to climate change.

Eligibility criteria
  • An initiative, investment strategy, product, portfolio solution or transaction which significantly advances investor understanding or action on climate change.
  • An initiative developed, undertaken or released in the period from 1 July 2018 to 30 June 2019).
  • An initiative predominantly developed by the regional division, released or undertaken in Australia or New Zealand or targeted at Australian and New Zealand investors.
Judging Criteria:
  • Climate change impact: ability to significantly and materially achieve climate change related impacts, whether transition or physical risk related.
  • Industry impact: ability to inform, shape or push forward investor practice for asset owners.
  • Quality and performance: initial assessment of the quality of design or implementation of the initiative being nominated, potential effectiveness or outcomes/impacts achieved to date.
  • The X factor: assessment of whether the initiative has current or potential future industry significance or has the potential to be transformative in tackling climate change.
Category Questions:
  1. Please provide a short, factual description of the initiative being nominated (max 150 words).
  2. Describe the climate change outcome or impact that the nominated initiative is aiming to achieve (max 150 words).
  3. Outline why the nominated initiative has the potential to inform, shape or drive asset owner practice on climate change in Australia and New Zealand (max 400 words).
  4. What outcomes or impacts have been achieved by the nominated initiative? (Where possible, please provide specific details such as dollars invested or allocated, % of portfolio covered, or public outcome achieved for example). Max 250 words.
  5. What’s the point of difference between this initiative and others in the sector (max 150 words)?

Outstanding Initiative by an Asset Manager

Outstanding initiative by an Asset Manager

Awarded to an asset manager which has implemented an initiative, investment strategy, product, portfolio solution or transaction which constitutes a sector-leading approach to climate change.

Eligibility criteria
  • An initiative, investment strategy, product, portfolio solution or transaction which significantly advances investor understanding or action on climate change.
  • An initiative developed, undertaken or released in the period from 1 July 2018 to 30 June 2019).
  • An initiative predominantly developed by the regional division, released or undertaken in Australia or New Zealand or targeted at Australian and New Zealand investors.
Judging Criteria:
  • Climate change impact: ability to significantly and materially achieve climate change related impacts, whether transition or physical risk related.
  • Industry impact: ability to inform, shape or push forward investor practice for asset managers.
  • Quality and performance: initial assessment of the quality of design or implementation of the initiative being nominated, potential effectiveness or outcomes/impacts achieved to date.
  • The X factor: assessment of whether the initiative has current or potential future industry significance or has the potential to be transformative in tackling climate change.
Category Questions:
  1. Please provide a short, factual description of the initiative being nominated (max 150 words).
  2. Describe the climate change outcome or impact that the nominated initiative is aiming to achieve (max 150 words).
  3. Outline why the nominated initiative has the potential to inform, shape or drive asset manager practice on climate change in Australia and New Zealand (max 400 words).
  4. What outcomes or impacts have been achieved by the nominated initiative? (Where possible, please provide specific details such as dollars invested or allocated, % of portfolio covered, or public outcome achieved for example). Max 250 words.
  5. What’s the point of difference between this initiative and others in the sector (max 150 words)?

Innovation of the Year

Innovation of the year

Awarded to an individual, asset owner, asset manager or investment service provider who has demonstrated outstanding leadership at an organisational or sector-wide level to drive transformational change or advance investor practice towards alignment with the goal of limiting global warming to 1.5°C and moving to a net zero emissions economy.

Eligibility criteria
  • An individual, asset owner, asset manager, or investment service provider who has demonstrated exceptional leadership or influencing skills to substantively change industry practice on climate change.
  • An initiative predominantly developed by the regional division, released or undertaken in Australia or New Zealand or targeted at Australian and New Zealand investors.
  • An initiative developed, undertaken, released or reaching a pivotal point of impact in the period from 1 July 2018 to 30 June 2019).
Judging Criteria:
  • Climate change impact: demonstrating outstanding and material climate change related impacts, whether transition or physical risk related.
  • Industry impact: ability to transform, substantively reshape or drive a step change in investor practice.
  • Ambition: Alignment with the goals of the Paris Agreement to limit global warming to 1.5°C and moving to a net zero emissions economy
  • The X factor: how exceptional is the nomination?
Category Questions:
  1. Please provide a short, factual description of the individual or initiative being nominated (max 150 words).
  2. Describe the climate change outcome or impact that the nominated individual or initiative is aiming to achieve (max 150 words).
  3. Outline why the nominated individual or initiative has the potential to transform or drive a step change in investor practice on climate change in Australia and New Zealand (max 400 words).
  4. What outcomes or impacts have been achieved by the nominated individual or initiative in aiming to keep global warming to 1.5C? (Where possible, please provide specific details such as evidence of leadership impact, dollars invested or allocated, % of portfolio covered, or public outcome achieved for example). Max 250 words.
  5. Provide a short explanation as to why you believe this nomination is exceptional (max 150 words)?