Sustainable Future Awards 2023

Celebrating our heroes who are advancing the transition to a low-carbon, resource efficient society.

 Headline Sponsor


2024 Overview

The IOM3 Sustainable Future Awards are uniquely dedicated to recognise, celebrate and encourage the pioneers who are developing and transitioning methods of practice to achieve sustainability, EDI and championing the need for greater circularity in the extraction, processing and use of natural resources.

Adjudicated by an independent panel of experts to ensure finalists and winners meet a high benchmark of achievement, the awards culminate in a presentation ceremony in London.


The awards will provide a platform for knowledge exchange to promote a sustainable future and offer the opportunity for companies and organisations which have a proven delivery of projects to showcase on the ground developments in practice.   The awards focus on six categories. 

View the 2023 Sustainable Future Award winners

Details of the 2024 awards will be announced shortly

  • Circular Economy
  • Enabling Net-zero
  • Equity, Diversity & Inclusion
  • Natural Resources
  • Responsible Operations
  • Responsible Value Chains

Who should enter?

The awards are open to individuals, teams and organisations from across the globe operating within the materials cycle.

Brief Sponsors



Entry criteria and nomination forms are available in each of the category desciptions below. 

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Circular Economy 2023

Recognising good practice and innovation towards a more circular economy.

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Enabling Net-zero: Sustainable Materials & Technology

For contributions made by materials, minerals and mining to the transition to a low carbon resource efficient society.

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Equity, Diversity & Inclusion

Recognising an organisation’s commitment to create a diverse and inclusive culture that is centred around equality.

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Natural Resources

Recognising support for plants, animals and the natural systems that support our planet.

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Responsible Operations: Reducing Emissions

Recognising the efforts made by organisations to reduce the GHG emission footprint of their business operations.

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Responsible Value Chains: Reducing Emissions

In recognition of achieving greater business sustainability through controlling and reducing greenhouse gas emissions in the value chain.



Judging panel for the 2023 awards

Emma Wilcox


Emma Wilcox

CEO, Society for the Environment

Cynthia Adu

Cynthia Adu

Sustainability Consultant, Accenture

Jude Allan

Chair, IOM3 Packaging Group

Jude Allan

Dr Sarah Connolly CEng MIMMM

Dr Sarah Connolly CEng MIMMM

Innovation Technologist, Innovate UK

Roger Harrabin

Roger Harrabin

Energy and Environment Analyst , BBC

Mark Miodownik

Mark Miodownik

Professor of Materials & Society, UCL

Robert Quarshie

Robert Quarshie

Head of Materials and Nanotechnology, The Knowledge Transfer Network



Entry fees 2023

Early bird (for nominations submitted by 28 April 2023)
1st entry: £100 + VAT
2nd entry: £50 + VAT
3rd entry: FREE


Standard Pricing
1st entry: £150 + VAT
2nd entry: £75 + VAT
3rd entry: FREE



The online entry form is accessible from each of the relevant category descriptions.



Sponsorship of the IOM3 Sustainable Future Awards will not only allow your organisation to promote its sustainability credentials but enable you to align yourselves with IOM3 and its work in the sustainability arena.

Both headline and category sponsorship opportunities are available with pre-event, onsite and post event deliverables. The longevity and variety of the sponsor publicity campaign will help to raise your organisation’s profile and visibility whilst also delivering the opportunity to promote your products and services.

To find out more about the awards sponsorship packages and discuss how supporting the IOM3 Sustainable Future Awards can benefit your business contact Kate Harrison 

Category Sponsor

  • Table of 10 at the awards lunch
  • Opportunity for sponsor representative to present their category award to the winner on stage
  • Logo and Sponsor attribution on the category page of the awards website with link to sponsor’s site. Logo to appear until launch of 2024 awards
  • Branding on all pre-event promotional material.
  • Branded “introduction and welcome to our new sponsor” announcement on IOM3 Social Media channels
  • Branding within the Materials World editorial profile of the award finalists
  • Branding at the awards ceremony including slides relating to sponsored category, branding within the venue and on menus
  • Sponsor profile and links on the Awards website
  • Photographs of the presentation of category award
  • Branding on post event communications
  • Branding on post event social media announcement thanking sponsors for their support



We will be showcasing our finalists and winners as part of the IOM3 Fellows Day on 2 November 2023, with the awards being presented at this dinner.   

Individual and table ticket sales open in September.

Individual tickets from £150 + VAT (discounted IOM3 member price).

'Pay-it-forward' table packages from £1,500 + VAT (9 seats on a table of 10, with 10th seat hosted as part ouf our IOM3 EDI initiative to include a guest who otherwise would be unable to attend).