Rolex Awards for Enterprise encourages spirit of sustainability, among many others (Sponsored content)


THE ROLEX AWARDS FOR ENTERPRISE, London, November 17, 2014.  Rolex Awards Ceremony, at the Royal Society. 2014 Rolex Young Laureates: Neeti Kailas, Francesco Sauro, Hosam Zowawi, Olivier Nsengimana and Arthur Zang ©Rolex Awards/Nick Harvey

Environmental sustainability is an ever so vital topic surrounding our current lives — it fundamentally involves the decision making and action taking that are in the interests of preserving the earth and its nature. Many of the global businesses nowadays are competing in giving their best contribution to the earth for a more liveable future through environmentally-aware/responsible initiatives.

For nearly four decades, Rolex, one of the most powerful global brands (Forbes, 2012) of wristwatch manufacturers, have honoured aspiring individuals with courage and commitment to take on great challenges through Rolex Awards for Enterprise. The awards are given  to foster a spirit of enterprise and advance, human knowledge and well-being in five areas: environment, science and health, applied technology, exploration and discovery, and cultural heritage. There are two among five winners of this year’s awards who are focusing on environmental area, including Olivier Nsengimana, whose project aims to save endangered grey crowned-cranes to conserve Rwanda’s biodiversity, and Francesco Sauro, who explores ancient quartzite caves in the tepuis of South America.


Sustainability in Asia: green building movement

This year’s winners bring the total to 130 individuals and implement projects in over 60 countries (including Asian countries) with sound spirit of enterprise and concern for the environment and mankind. Rolex Awards for Enterprise in 2014  embraces sustainability issue in a spectrum from which, however, green construction is not yet highlighted and not seated on the top five of this year’s winners.

Looking at Asia’s potential as rapidly emerging region in which most of world’s urban citizens will inhabit by 2050, the need for pursuing sustainable built environment will become ever so more important. The hopes are therefore relatively high for Asia to appear and come up with outstanding innovations in green construction practices, and the Rolex Awards for Enterprise will be there in the next 2 years to witness and give their recognition. ( – SA)


This is a sponsored article by Rolex. The company is the largest single luxury watch global brand which has been carrying out an initiative called the Rolex Awards for Enterprise since 1976. For more information about the awards, visit

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