Winners Announced for the Business & Finance ESG Awards 2024

Galway Company, Xerotech Battery Systems Triumphs as Grand Prix Winner

The Business & Finance ESG Awards in collaboration with Grant Thornton, celebrates the accomplishments of Irish businesses committed to Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) excellence at a prestigious gala lunch held at the Mansion House, Dublin today. 

Now in its third year, the Business & Finance ESG Awards continues to grow, reflecting the escalating significance of ESG practices in shaping sustainable business strategies. The awards serve as a platform for companies to showcase their commitment to ESG principles and to contribute visibly to a greener future. 

Congratulating the winners, Grant Thornton Ireland Partner & Head of Consulting Amanda Ward said: “The European Environment Agency most recent climate risk assessment highlights the major challenges we face as a society as a result of climate change. Today’s winners embody the leadership and innovation required in order to deliver a better, greener tomorrow alongside a just transition. These champions of sustainability, led by Xerotech Battery Systems, highlight how the challenges we currently face can also be seen as an opportunity and will serve as an inspiration for others to follow in their footsteps.”

The awards recognises standout winners across 20 categories, each reflecting the diverse and evolving landscape of ESG initiatives in Ireland. 

Top Honours were awarded to:

Grand Prix Award: Xerotech Battery Systems emerged victorious for their ground-breaking innovations in electrification, offering cost-effective and efficient solutions for battery electric vehicles.

Net Zero Carbon Award: Sodexo Ireland received this accolade for their ‘clearly defined and significant results’ and ambitious targets.

Diversity, Equality & Inclusion Initiative Award: Permanent TSB (PTSB) was celebrated for pioneering initiatives that foster a workplace environment championing DEI, setting new benchmarks in corporate inclusivity.

ESG Leader Award: Adam Harris, CEO of ASIAM, Ireland’s National Autism Charity, was recognised for his impactful work in promoting inclusivity and understanding for the autistic community. His recognition coincides with World Autism Month, providing a timely moment to celebrate his influential contributions. 

Tracey Carney, Managing Director, Business & Finance, emphasised the increasing importance of ESG principles stating, “ESG principles have become not just a framework but a cornerstone for sustainable business strategies across Ireland. The Business & Finance ESG Awards stand as a pivotal event, spotlighting and celebrating the visionary companies leading this charge. As we navigate the urgent challenges of our era, from climate change to social equity, its crucial for businesses to integrate ESG considerations into their core strategies. This positions the Business & Finance ESG Awards as a key platform not only for acknowledging outstanding achievements but also for inspiring and catalysing broader industry commitment to a sustainable and equitable future. We are proud to recognise and honour the dedication, innovation, and transformative impact of all our winners and nominees. 

The Business & Finance ESG 2024 Winners are;

Net Zero Carbon Award: Sodexo Ireland
In partnership with Diligent

ESG Innovation Award: Xerotech Battery Systems
In partnership with Gas Networks Ireland

Sustainable Procurement Award: An Post

Green Logistics Excellence Award: DPD

Biodiversity Leadership in Business Award: Wildacres

ESG Investment Award: Amundi

Future ESG Leader Award: Kate Kerrane, H&MV Engineering
In partnership with SSE Airtricity

Social Impact Award (Enterprise): Vodafone
In partnership with Sia Partners

Social Impact Award (SME): Speedpak Group
In partnership with Enterprise Ireland

Employee Well-Being Award: Core

ESG Leader Award: Adam Harris
In partnership with Grant Thornton

Diversity, Equality & Inclusion Initiative: PTSB

Governance Best Practice Award: Coolmine Therapeutic Community
In partnership with Xenergie

ESG Finance Award: Strikepay
In partnership with Ibec

Energy Efficiency Initiative Award: TCS
In partnership with Climeaction

ESG Team Award: Coillte
In partnership with Musgrave

ESG Consultancy Award: Sustainability Works

ESG Company Award (SME): CoolPlanet

ESG Company Award (Enterprise): DAA
In partnership with Flogas Enterprise Solutions

Grand Prix Award: Xerotech Battery Systems
In partnership with Grant Thornton

The awards witnessed a remarkable surge in participation this year, with a record number of entries showcasing the growing commitment of Irish businesses to environmental, social and governance initiatives. The high calibre of submissions reflecting the increasing importance and integration of ESG principles within the corporate landscape. 

Judge, Lisa-Nicole Dunne – Managing Director, Mantra Strategy said of the entries, “It was great to be involved again as a judge in the Business & Finance ESG Awards. This year, we saw increasing numbers and standards across the award categories. It is encouraging to see the level of innovation being embraced by businesses of all sizes in how they govern, lead, drive change across a range of activities, initiatives, and practices.”

The Business & Finance ESG Awards 2024 was made possible with the support of partners including; Grant Thornton, SSE Airtricity, Sia Partners, Ibec, Diligent, Climeaction, Musgrave, Flogas, Xenergie, Version1, Gas Networks Ireland, Unicef Ireland, UCD Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School, Olytico, Aspire PR & Marketing, Onclusive, and Enterprise Ireland.

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Editors Notes

In a special segment of the awards, Adam Harris will be honoured with a unique award that celebrates his extraordinary dedication to ESG principles and inclusivity. Harris’s journey began with an online platform aimed at amplifying autistic voices, which has since evolved into a significant movement for change. His role in elevating autistic voices and sparking a national dialogue has been instrumental. 

Standout Winners for the Business & Finance ESG Awards 2024 

Cool Planet, based in Wicklow is a globally recognised leader in industrial scale decarbonisation, founded in 2008. With a mission predating the term ‘net zero’, CoolPlanet collaborates with industry giants life Tirlán, C&C, Zimmer Biomet, and AIB. Their innovative CoolPlanetOS software monitors emissions 24/7, translating data into actionable sustainability opportunities. CoolPlanet’s commitment to environmental stewardship extends to their Powerscourt Estate office, equipped with LED lighting, solar arrays, and efficient biogas boilers. Socially, they drive climate education through their ‘Rewrite’ school program, enlightening students about climate change and decarbonisation. CoolPlanet’s impact is profound, they have helped clients save over 8.7 trillion kWh of energy, €400 million, and 3 million tonnes of CO2, aligning with Ireland’s National Energy and Climate Plan.

An Post

The An Post Procurement Department is at the forefront of sustainable procurement practices. Their Sustainable Procurement Policy integrates the principles of sustainable procurement with An Post’s strategic plan and Sustainable Development Goals. An Post’s commitment to ethicial supplier engagement ensures transparency and compliance with environmental, social, and labour laws. Their robust Sustainable Procurement Annual Plan focuses on continuous improvement and aligns with ISO20400 standards. With a significant improvement in their sustainability performance audit, climbing from 25% in 2020 to 89% in 2023, An Post showcases a relentless commitment to green procurement standards and sustainability. 

PTSB (Permanent TSB)

Since launching Diversity and Inclusion (D&I) as a strategic pillar in 2017, PTSB has undergone a transformative journey towards creating a more diverse and inclusive workplace. Their comprehensive D&J strategy, co-created with approximately 120 PTSB employees, focuses on eight core pillars, including innovation, talent, brand and risk excellence. PTSB’s commitment to fostering an inclusive culture is evident through initiatives like Inclusive Leadership Training, gender-neutral recruitment methods, and D&I awareness training for all employees. With a proactive approach to diversity, PTSB has attracted a diverse workforce, with employees from 69 different nationalities joining since 2021. Their achievements, including Gold accreditation for Investors in Diversity in 2023, reflect a significant cultural shift towards inclusivity and belonging. 

Xerotech Battery Systems

Xerotech, based in Claregalway, Galway, stands at the forefront of electrification for off-highway vehicles. Recognising the unique challenges posed by off-highway mobile machines, Xerotech developed ground-breaking solutions like Xerotherm®, a patented active thermal management system. The Hibernium® battery system offers unmatched scalability and modularity, providing clients with over 100,000 battery configuration options. With a commitment to safety, performance and functionality, Xerotech’s innovations are transforming industries like mining, construction, aviation and marine by providing efficient and sustainable electrification solutions. Their impact is evident in projects like the electrification of an eight-ton excavator, showcasing the transformative potential of their technology. 

These companies exemplify the spirit of innovation, commitment, and transformative impact the Business & Finance ESG Awards aim to celebrate. Their dedication to sustainability, diversity, and innovation sets the benchmark for ESG excellence in Ireland and beyond.