2019 Award Categories

* Please note that all awards are open to Owners/Operators (Dow, Chevron, Shell, BASF etc.) with the exception of EPC of the Year, Project of Year (Large), Project of the Year (Medium to Small) these categories can only be entered by EPCs

For more details including entry guidelines and terms and conditions, download the Downstream Awards 2019 nominations Pack

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People

Future Industry Leader (Eligible to Enter: Owner/Operators)

The Future Industry Leader Award recognizes a young professional (no more than 40 years old on the entry deadline) that has already made an inspiring contribution to the Downstream industry and demonstrated that age is no barrier to excellence.

Individuals can nominate themselves or be nominated by a colleague. Successful nominees will have spent a significant period of their professional career in the industry and should have made a valuable and impressive contribution to the company/companies they have worked with.

Criteria include, but are not limited to:

  • Demonstrate strong leadership skills
  • Be recognized and respected within their sector and amongst their colleagues
  • Have attained and demonstrated an impressive depth of technical knowledge in their field
  • Will have shown an innovative approach to their work
  • Contributed to the industry and community outside of their work

Lifetime Achievement (Eligible to Enter: Owner/Operators)

The Lifetime Achievement Award recognizes an Executive who has made an outstanding contribution to the development and future of the Downstream industry during his or her career.

The winner will be an individual who is highly respected by both peers and competitors, admired and followed by employees, trusted by investors and welcomed by the community.

Successful nominees will have served in the industry for more than ten years and should hold a board level position or positions at a Downstream company.

Criteria include, but are not limited to:

  • Made a positive difference to the industry
  • Shown a long-term commitment to the industry
  • Demonstrated phenomenal leadership skills within their organization

Companies

Downstream Company of the Year (Eligible to Enter: Owner/Operators)

The Downstream Company of the Year Award recognizes a standout operator that has demonstrated the most effective management and development during the judging period.

The winning company will stand out amongst its peers for its sound corporate strategy, high operating standards and clear evidence of innovation in its business operations ultimately leading the industry to make the next fundamental leap forward. 

Criteria include, but are not limited to:

  • Strong company performance, including financial results
  • Any unforeseen challenges and the steps taken to address them
  • Investment in R&D
  • Commitment to environmental protection and employee welfare
  • Operational excellence
  • Efforts to manage the professional development of its staff
  • A clear commitment to corporate social responsibility and/or community engagement

EPC of the Year (Eligible to Enter: EPCs ONLY)

The EPC of the Year Award recognizes the organizations and companies providing multiple services to owner/operators.

Companies will be judged on the strength and breadth of delivery where both safety and commercial concerns are demonstrably best in class. Successful EPCs will be able to demonstrate that timeliness, cost control and overall value for money have been delivered by a single company for its clients across a range of disciplines.

Criteria include, but are not limited to:

  • Operational Excellence
  • Uncompromised commitment to environmental impact mitigation
  • Completed campaigns that demonstrate the benefits to clients of bringing a project under a single company, multidisciplinary service umbrella
  • Improvements in productivity
  • Solid HSE performance including safety and skills-based training efforts
  • Outstanding corporate citizenship including details of CSR initiatives

Programmes & Initiatives

Corporate Social Responsibility (Eligible to Enter: Owner/Operators)

The Award for Excellence in Corporate Social Responsibility highlights the ever-important convergence of profitability and company values. Rather than an obligation, CSR is a voluntary commitment, which greatly motivates employee morale, is of fundamental interest to customers, investors and other key stakeholders, and is a key determinant of a company’s character. 

This award will recognise an exemplary ongoing CSR programme, with demonstrable positive impact on the communities it serves.

Criteria include, but are not limited to:

  • Integration of CSR into the company’s business culture
  • Positive benefit to the organization’s reputation in the communities it works in
  • Direct community engagement showing real benefit to the social fabric of the local area
  • A compelling communications program that effectively conveys the commitment to CSR
  • Ongoing commitment to successful CSR practices in future years

Sustainability & Environmental Stewardship (Eligible to Enter: Owner/Operators)

The Award for Sustainability & Environmental Stewardship recognizes any efforts, initiatives or technological developments that have minimized or eliminated their environmental footprint, demonstrating a positive contribution to the advancement of environmental considerations.

Criteria include, but are not limited to:

  • Innovation in tackling environmental impact
  • Development and implementation of practices or technology resulting in environmental benefit
  • Demonstrate clear practical applications of the solution, or initiative
  • Long-term environmental benefits which are also economically sustainable

Diversity & Inclusion (Eligible to Enter: Owner/Operators)

The Diversity & Inclusion Award recognizes an organisation’s commitment to promoting and implementing a diversity and inclusion strategy.

Creating an inclusive culture by challenging inequalities/barriers/bias in the application of people management policies, for example inclusive recruitment, talent development, performance management, career development and promotion etc.

Criteria include, but are not limited to:

  • Building diversity and inclusion into the core strategy of the business to increase efficiency and drive growth
  • Significantly promote diversity, inclusion and cultural competency development among staff
  • Training programmes in diversity and inclusion for staff
  • An organization Inclusion and/or Diversity policy
  • Employee access to diversity and inclusion resources (e.g. training materials, an on-line diversity calendar, e-books or e-learning)
  • Community projects that offer opportunities for others inside and outside of the organization

Fostering of Innovation in Operations (Eligible to Enter: Owner/Operators)

The Fostering of Innovation in Operations Award aims to highlight organizations that in recognition of the pressure to make cost savings, streamline operations, reduce environmental impact and improve health & safety standards are enabling their business and employees to become increasingly innovative.

Specifically, through the stewardship of an environment which fosters technological development and encourages new ways of working.

Criteria include, but are not limited to:

  • Demonstrating a clear commitment to technological advancement that will improve current practices
  • Actively encouraging and rewarding employees who are striving to push the envelope
  • Case study clearly showing the benefits of the new practices

Workforce Development (Eligible to Enter: Owner/Operators)

The Workforce Development Award is designed to provide recognition for exemplary, and innovative internal training and education programs which encourage individuals to maintain a career within the Downstream industry and become subject matter experts and future industry advocates. 

Criteria include, but are not limited to:

  • Demonstrating a clear commitment to employee development through investment in training and development programmes
  • A demonstrable impact on the employee development and performance

Health & Safety Initiative of the Year (Eligible to Enter: Owner/Operators)

The Health & Safety Initiative of the Year Award recognizes specific initiatives that have significantly reduced the risk to workers.

This includes any changes in processes that have a positive impact or granted improvements in general health and safety awareness through an educational campaign.

Criteria include, but are not limited to:

  • Demonstrate true innovation in tackling detrimental health impact
  • Improved practices providing a safety on site benefit
  • Demonstrate a clear and practical impact of the solution or initiative

Community Partnership Award (Eligible to Enter: Owner/Operators)

The Community Partnership Award recognizes the need for the Downstream industry to work with educational and governmental institutions in the local community to attract future leaders within the Downstream industry and meet the increased workforce demand.

Specifically, through training and education programs which encourage individuals to pursue a career in the Downstream industry and/or enhance an individual’s key skills.

Criteria include, but are not limited to:

  • Positive benefit to the organization’s reputation in the communities it works in
  • Evidence that the organisation has worked effectively with partners to develop and implement the initiative(s)
  • Evidence that the organisation has shared the learnings from the initiative externally
  • Evidence of the potential for increased collaborative impact

Outside of Industry Innovation (Eligible to Enter: Owner/Operators)

The Outside of Industry Innovation Awards recognizes how cross-industry pollination of ideas and initiatives can be used to simplify processes, reduce costs and increase efficiency.

Criteria include, but are not limited to:

  • A clear departure from previously established methods or processes
  • Evidence that the innovation is cost-effective and sustainable
  • Evidence that the innovation likely to establish itself as standard industry practice within five years

Supply Chain of the Year (Eligible to Enter: Owner/Operators)

The Supply Chain of the Year Award will recognize strategic developments in an organisation’s supply chain management and practice that have a quantifiable benefit to the business.

Examples could include centralising distribution systems, or large-scale investments in facilities as part of a strategic realignment of a logistics operation.

Criteria include, but are not limited to:

  • An improvement in the efficiency of a supply chain operation
  • A track record of overcoming exceptional logistical challenges
  • Strong corporate performance
  • A consistent record of projects delivered on time and on budget
  • An improvement or demonstrated commitment to mitigating environmental impact

Projects

Project of the Year (Large) (Eligible to Enter: EPCs ONLY)

The Large Project of the Year Award (>$500m) recognizes excellence in project execution and management.

Specifically, a project, brought on stream within the judging period, which has merit, will have an impact on the industry, involved specific expertise or sets a new standard in its sector.

Criteria include, but are not limited to:

  • Excellence and ingenuity
  • Sustainability and careful consideration of environmental issues
  • A CSR or community engagement initiative
  • A best-practice approach of health and safety
  • Meeting budget and time constraints

Project of the Year (Medium - Small) (Eligible to Enter: EPCs ONLY)

The Medium - Small Project of the Year Award (<$500m) recognizes excellence in project execution and management.

Specifically, a project, brought on stream within the judging period, which has merit, will have an impact on the industry, involved specific expertise or sets a new standard in its sector.

Criteria include, but are not limited to:

  • Excellence and ingenuity
  • Sustainability and careful consideration of environmental issues
  • A CSR or community engagement initiative
  • A best-practice approach of health and safety
  • Meeting budget and time constraints
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