RELX SDG Customer Awards 2023

Recognising our customers' exceptional work to achieve the United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals

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Launched in 2020, the RELX SDG Customer Awards aim to recognise customers who share our commitment to driving action in support of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. 

Nominations are received from colleagues, from across RELX's four business divisions, and are judged by a panel of internal experts against the criteria of making a demonstrable and measurable impact against one or more of the Global Goals. The 2023 awards were presented at RELX SDG Inspiration Day by RELX Chief Financial Officer, Nick Luff and Chief Human Resource Officer, Rose Thompson.

"In order to reach our common goals, we must all work together and unite our forces in order to have a positive and effective impact."

Ban Ki-moon
Former UN Secretary General
Speaking at RELX SDG Inspiration Day 2023

Nominated by LexisNexis Risk Solutions


Nominated by ICIS and Proagrica, part of LexisNexis Risk Solutions, Neste is committed to advancing many of the SDGs including SDG 7: Affordable and Clean Energy, SDG 12: Responsible Consumption and Production and SDG 13: Climate Action. Neste is the world’s leading producer of sustainable aviation fuel and have committed to supporting customers to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by at least 20 million tons of CO2e annually by 2030.

Starting in 2023, Neste has agreed to supply more than one million tons of Neste MY Sustainable Aviation Fuel™ to the Air France-KLM Group over an 8-year period. In addition, Neste has partnered with Fly Victor to offer their customers the option to replace fossil fuel by purchasing Neste MY Sustainable Aviation Fuel for every private jet booking globally.

Over the next five years, Neste will supply DHL with approximately 320,000 tons of Neste MY Sustainable Aviation Fuel. Furthermore, Neste has formed a strategic partnership with Rolls-Royce to accelerate the use of renewable diesel as a lower-emission solution for diesel engines.

In Germany, Neste has partnered with EDi Energie-Direkt Hohenlohe GmbH and TOOL-FUEL Services GmbH to sell Neste MY Renewable Diesel. Additionally, Neste has collaborated with Nordic Marine Oil to introduce co-processed marine fuel, a new solution for the maritime sector that enables up to 80% GHG emission reduction.

Nominated by Elsevier


Solvay, a global leader in materials, chemicals and solutions was nominated by Elsevier for its commitment to the UN SDGs through its One Planet roadmap. Launched in 2019, Solvay's One Planet Roadmap covers three categories - climate, resources and better life and focuses on 10 measurable commitments where the company has the biggest positive impact - directly and indirectly - in line with the ambition and requirements of the UN Sustainable development goals (SDGs).

Focusing specifically on their climate initiatives, Solvay have collaborated with Cavalinho, a Brazilian road transport company, which transports raw materials and finished products from Solvay’s Paulinia site. Cavalinho offsets 100% of their emissions and was awarded Green Seal certification in recognition of their efforts to preserve the environment. The company has an environmental reforestation area amounting to ​​102 hectares, preserves ​​63 hectares of native forest in Rio Grande do Sul and, in 2012, acquired 16,500 hectares for preservation in the Amazon rainforest, guaranteeing that they will be able to compensate their carbon emissions for the next 20 years.

Another key initiative is Solvay’s support of the Solar impulse foundation. Solvay was the first technological partner for the Solar Impulse, a visionary project to design, build, and fly a zero-emission aircraft around the world, powered exclusively by solar energy. Fifteen Solvay products were used on the Solar Impulse plane, which completed its flight around the world in July 2016. These helped to reduce the plane’s weight and increase energy performance.

Solvay continues to work with the Solar Impulse Foundation through the World Alliance for Efficient Solutions and twelve Solvay products currently carry the Solar Impulse Efficient Solution label. 

As part of its transition to cleaner energy sources, Solvay has 59 approved projects worldwide, representing -3.5 million tonnes of CO2 annually (equivalent to taking 1.9 million cars off the road). The phase-out of coal for energy production has been planned for three soda ash plants in Europe with an additional phase-out project in the Green River site, US, the Group will cut its global emissions by 9.5% by 2025. In the US, six businesses and 34 plants are fully supplied by green power, twice as many as in 2021. In China, 100% of operations are now supplied with renewable electricity.

Nominated by RX


Founded by Alastair Fothergill and Keith Scholey in 2012, Silverback Films are renowned for numerous landmark global wildlife series such as Our Planet; David Attenborough: A Life On Our Planet; A Perfect Planet and the recent Wild Isles.

In 2020, the founders established Studio Silverback to focus on the globe’s most pressing environmental issues with former WWF Executive Director Colin Butfield, and multi-award-winning producer/director Jonnie Hughes.

Studio Silverback, is on a mission to use the power of film-making and story-telling to reveal the urgent truth of our changing planet to a global audience. The Studio is purpose-built to deliver this story and this vision, by joining with partners to create World-class environmental content for theatrical release, television, social media, major events and projects.

Among the productions at Studio Silverback are The Earthshot prize, the most prestigious global environmental prize in history, launched by The Royal Foundation of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge; A  Seat At The Table, with Jack Harries and Sir David Attenborough's  Opening Ceremony video at the COP26. Sir David wanted to seize the opportunity to make this more than a speech – a highly engaging, audio-video presentation that would capture the attention of the Heads of State in the room, and represent the needs of people around the world.  Within hours the speech had been shared millions of times by hundreds of news agencies and influencers, and it came to be regarded as the “moment” of COP26"

"The whole idea behind Studio Silverback was that it’s not just one company in the UK telling stories about the world - its a network of people all across the world telling the most important stories about the SDGs and telling it in their own way."

Colin Butfield
Co-Founder & Executive Director, Studio Silverback


The RELX SDG Customer Awards 2023 were presented during RELX SDG Inspiration Day on 13 June 2023.

RELX SDG Inspiration Day is a free, annual online event for thought leaders, corporate representatives, students, investors, governments, and NGOs to explore issues and gain practical insights on the UN SDGs and be inspired to act in support of them. The ninth edition of the RELX SDG Inspiration Day 2023 was held on 13th June 2023. The theme of the event was ‘Not Too Late for Nature: Biodiversity and the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

Read more about RELX SDG Inspiration Day 2023 and watch the highlights here