Sustainability Awards

Sustainability Awards Presentation


With Asia as our home, we’ve seen firsthand how locally-based organizations have worked brilliantly to address growing social and environmental concerns, often with little recognition for their efforts.

The goal of these Sustainability Awards is to change that by identifying, supporting and promoting exemplary projects that seek to innovate sustainability by providing scalable solutions to challenges we face in the region and around the globe. 

Specifically, we would like to recognize the following types of organizations:

  • non-profits, NGOs, associations, cooperatives, and social enterprises

  • tourism private companies such as excursion suppliers, accommodation providers, and transport companies.

By recognizing, promoting and supporting their efforts, we hope to foster collaboration that will help drive sustainable practices across the tourism industry in two key areas: 

Planet & People


For tourism to achieve its highest potential of being a legitimate force for good, it must address a complex myriad of concerns ranging from waste management and water protection to wildlife trafficking and cultural preservation.

Because all of these concerns are equally vital to protecting and uplifting destinations, we’ve identified three categories under ‘People’ and ‘Planet’ respectively for which organizations can submit their candidacy.

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  • Climate Action 

To reduce greenhouse gases emissions

  • Circular economy 

To reduce plastic and food waste

  • Regenerating nature

To protect natural habitats and wildlife


  • Empowering communities

To improve the quality of people’s lives

  • Protecting cultural heritage

To promote diversity of cultures and protect important sites

  • Inclusive Asia 

To increase accessibility for people with disabilities

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Why participate?

We believe that any project, big or small, has the potential to have a lasting positive impact on destinations. The following incentives are designed to support these efforts.  

Participating can provide: 

  • Recognition and validation
  • Networking opportunities and a chance to showcase your work
  • An opportunity to be judged by a panel of internationally-recognized sustainable tourism professionals.

Additionally, we are pleased to announce that the following prizes:

Prizes for Non-for-profit organizations & Social enterprises :


$20,000 in Financial Support

Divided among seven categories, including one People’s Choice category determined by online voters. 

  1. Climate Action – $2,000 for winner & $1,000 for runner up.
  2. Circular economy – $2,000 for winner & $1,000 for runner up.
  3. Regenerating nature – $2,000 for winner & $1,000 for runner up.
  4. Empowering communities – $2,000 for winner & $1,000 for runner up.
  5. Protecting cultural heritage – $2,000 for winner & $1,000 for runner up.
  6. Inclusive Asia – $2,000 for winner & $1,000 for runner up.
  7. All categories / People’s choice – $2,000 for winner & $1,000 for runner up.
Prizes for Tourism Companies, hotel, transport, excursion suppliers :


$20,000 in Advertising & More

  • Expand your projects in the minds of tourism professionals across the world by advertising your business and your sustainability to blue-chip travel agencies and tour operators across the world via EXO communications, publications and social media. 
  • LightBlue Consulting is sponsoring the Sustainability Awards by offering 8 full courses on Food Waste Prevention, worth $199 each. Participants will have access to dozens of research articles, videos, and practical resources, combined with short technical videos, and successful participants will receive a personal Certificate of Excellence.
  • Considerate Group is also sponsoring the Sustainability Awards by offering a 1-year Super Light subscription for the Con-Serve™ tool for 1 hotel. This tool enables hotels to comprehensively measure resource consumption and broader ESG metrics, including electricity, heat, water, waste, food miles, business travel, volunteer hours, among others.

And much more …!

How to participate?

To participate in the EXO Foundation Sustainability Awards, please take note of the following conditions:

  • Geographic area: Only projects located in the following countries are eligible for the Sustainability Awards: Cambodia, Indonesia, Japan, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Thailand, Vietnam, Singapore, South Korea.
  • The project/organization must have a clear overall commitment to positively impact local communities, economies, cultures, and environments.
  • Interested applicants must submit their applications by the 9th of June.
  • In addition to the questionnaire, participants will also be asked to submit short videos pitching their projects.

If you would like to participate, please fill out the appropriate questionnaire for your category and send us a short 3-minute pitch before June 9th.

If you are a Non-Profit Organization, please register below.

If you are a Company, please register below.

If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact us at this email address : 

[email protected]


  • Closing of applications for award nominations is June 9th at 12:00 PM.
  • In June, the judging panel will select the projects that will move forward as finalists.
  • The public voting period will take place in July.
  • The sustainability Awards Ceremony will be held September 28th, where the winners will be announced and celebrated. 

Judging Panel