Award Categories

Excellence in Food and Ag Leadership

(2020 nominations now closed)

Rabobank’s overarching Award for Excellence in Food and Ag Leadership recognizes a large-scale market leader in North America that has demonstrated great and lasting impact in its sector. The winner will have:

  • Achieved significant success as a leader in building, rejuvenating or expanding a business in food, beverages, or agribusiness supply chain;

  • Demonstrated great agility in response to COVID, with respect to production capacity, products and solutions, or contributions to pandemic mitigation and positive societal impact;

  • Taken responsibility for the wellbeing of its employees, customers, and local communities and demonstrated environmental stewardship, model corporate citizenship, and a track record of meeting social commitments;

  • Been recognized as setting standards of excellence within the industry;

  • Demonstrated diversity in composition of its governance body

Leadership in Sustainability

(2020 nominations now closed)

The Rabobank Award for Leadership in Sustainability recognizes a high-impact organization that has achieved unique steps towards business, environmental, social and governance sustainability. The winner will have:

  • Developed programs and/or initiatives aimed at improving business, environmental, social and governance sustainability;

  • Demonstrated alignment between sustainability strategy and core business priorities with defined and transparent sustainability guidelines and commitments;

  • Maintained or increased sustainability standards and enacted exemplary social or charitable initiatives in response to the Covid-19 crisis and social justice-related causes;

  • Been a model corporate citizen and recognized as setting standards of excellence within the industry;

  • Demonstrated diversity in composition of its governance body;

  • Demonstrated strong financial performance

Emerging Leadership in Innovation

(2020 nominations now closed)

The Rabobank Award for Emerging Leadership in Innovation recognizes a fast-growing company that addresses issues in the food and agribusiness space in a new and innovative way. The winner will have:

  • Operated in the industry for 10 years or less;

  • Demonstrated a distinct innovation in the food and agriculture supply chain and/or offered new choice, value and convenience to customers;

  • Made a positive contribution to COVID mitigation efforts via pivoting offerings and/or contributing to communities towards COVID relief efforts;

  • Been a model corporate citizen and demonstrated commitments to diversity and inclusion initiatives;

  • Demonstrated strong financial performance/investor interest and potential for market expansion

2020 Leadership Award Winners

Read the 2020 Rabobank Leadership Awards Press Release

Leadership & Excellence:
Pepsico

Leadership & Excellence: Pepsico

Leadership in Sustainability:
General Mills

Leadership in Sustainability: General Mills

Emerging Leadership in Innovation:
Imperfect Foods

Emerging Leadership in Innovation: Imperfect Foods

2017 Leadership Award Winners

Leadership & Excellence: Bon Appétit Management Company

Leadership in Sustainability: Nature’s Path Foods

Emerging Leadership in Innovation: MycoTechnology