Judging Process

Judging Process

Chambers Ireland is committed to ensuring that the judging process is both robust and transparent. In 2020 Chambers Ireland changed some aspects of the Awards; with a rebranding the Corporate Social Responsibility Awards to the Sustainable Business Impact Awards and updated application forms and judging criteria.

Judges are looking in particular for projects which are innovative, engage staff at all levels, are well thought out and communicated, utilise a variety of resources, and have positive impacts on the business and the target sector.

The applications are reviewed by one panel of judges broken down into four pods of judges which are made up of experts in the field of sustainability, CSR and business leaders. This will significantly reduce the workload for the judges and will allow judges to focus on their areas of expertise. Judges are provided with support and information on scoring criteria and methodology in advance of the judging process.

The judges are independent, and Chambers Ireland does not have a representative on either panel nor is it involved in the shortlisting process.


Each judging pod will scrutinise all applications in their particular categories to the Awards. The judges review the applications independently and provide a score. The judging panels then meet to discuss the highest scoring projects and create a shortlist and choose the winners in their categories.

Outstanding Achievement in Sustainable Business Impact Award

The companies shortlisted for the overall award are invited to make a presentation on their company’s overall sustainability strategy to a panel of judges selected from the judging pods. Judges are provided with support and information on scoring criteria and methodology in advance of the judging process.

Key Judging Criteria

The judges evaluate each project on 5 key criteria, listed below. Each project should be given a score out of 5 for the following criteria, with the total score for each project being out of a possible 30.


  • Innovation: Projects avoid stereotypical actions and make an effort to think outside of the box when addressing the relevant issues. Projects are capable of adapting as they progress.
  • Engagement & Collaboration: Projects engage staff at all levels of the company and involve knowledge or skills sharing. There is strong and mutually beneficial collaboration with any partner charities, communities or other stakeholders.
  • Strategy & Communications: Projects involve clear identification and prioritisation of goals and actions, and effective communications with all stakeholders.
  • Social Impact: Projects have demonstrable, positive, long term impact on the relevant stakeholders and are sustainable.
  • Business Impact: The company and staff benefit from engagement in the project. CSR projects support and complement core business strategy.
  • Engagement with the Sustainable Development Goals: The project should show how its supports making progress in achieving/realising the Sustainable Development Goals.

Company Categories

We request that companies identify which category they fall under during the application process.

  • A multinational Corporation (MNC) is defined for the Corporate Social Responsibility Awards as a corporation that was originally established outside of Ireland with more than 50 employees.
  • A Large Indigenous Company (LIC) is defined for the Corporate Social Responsibility awards as a company which has more than 50 employees and was originally established in Ireland. Companies considered partnerships which are Irish owned and operated are eligible for this category.

An SME is defined for the Corporate Social Responsibility Awards as any company having 50 employees or less.

Should you have any queries during the judging process, please do not hesitate to contact Carly Mooney, Event Manager, Chambers Ireland on (01) 4004300 or carly.mooney@chambers.ie

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