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QuEST Forum Announces Third Annual Global Sustainability Awards Winners

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Award recognizes organizations achieving excellence and showcasing energy, passion, and innovation in corporate sustainability

PLANO, TX, September 20, 2017 /24-7PressRelease/ -- QuEST Forum, a global organization dedicated to quality and sustainability in the ICT community, today announced the winners of its third annual Global Sustainability Awards. This honor recognizes organizations achieving excellence and showcasing energy, passion, and innovation in corporate sustainability.

QuEST Forum is actively involved in issues related to sustainability and looks to its members to take leadership roles in sustainable practices. The Global Sustainability Awards were created to promote, encourage and honor the efforts of those serving as leaders in the field of sustainability. Entrants in the competition measured their performance against the QuEST Forum model to demonstrate their progress to date. The winning companies were honored during a reception and ceremony on Monday evening at a VIP Dinner during their Service Provider and Suppliers Summit in Dallas, TX.

Fraser Pajak, CEO of QuEST Forum said, "We are fortunate to have over 35 global organizations now participating in the QuEST Forum Sustainability Initiative (SI) and over 200 companies using the QuEST Sustainability Assessor platform. This resulted in our largest pool of candidate companies vying for the awards. The difficult part was narrowing down the list to only six winners."

Pajak goes on to say, "This award highlights the fantastic work being done by companies around sustainability and corporate social responsibility. Our organization is blessed to have so many companies participating and fervently supporting the initiative and I thank each of them for their continued support."

This year, awards were presented in six categories. The winners of the 2017 QuEST Forum Global Sustainability Awards are:

NETWORK EQUIPMENT: NOKIA
Powered by the research and innovation of Nokia Bell Labs, we serve communications service providers, governments, large enterprises and consumers, with the industry's most complete, end-to-end portfolio of products, services and licensing. From the enabling infrastructure for 5G and the Internet of Things, to emerging applications in virtual reality and digital health, we are shaping the future of technology to transform the human experience. A truly global company, we are 160 nationalities working in more than 100 countries.

SOFTWARE: Wipro
Wipro Limited (NYSE: WIT, BSE: 507685, NSE: WIPRO) is a leading global information technology, consulting and business process services company. We harness the power of cognitive computing, hyper-automation, robotics, cloud, analytics and emerging technologies to help our clients adapt to the digital world and make them successful. A company recognized globally for its comprehensive portfolio of services, a strong commitment to sustainability and good corporate citizenship, we have over 160,000 dedicated employees serving clients across six continents. Together, we discover ideas and connect the dots to build a better and a bold new future.

CORPORATE: Fujitsu
Fujitsu is the leading Japanese information and communication technology (ICT) company offering a full range of technology products, solutions and services. Approximately 155,000 Fujitsu people support customers in more than 100 countries. We use our experience and the power of ICT to shape the future of society with our customers.

FIELD SERVICES: MasTec Network Solutions
MasTec Network Solutions provides comprehensive services and turnkey solutions required to design, build, optimize and maintain telecommunications networks. We protect the environment by preserving its natural beauty in the places we work and by taking measures to reduce our energy resource usage and our greenhouse gas emissions. We continuously elevate our energy efficiency practices by investigating alternative methods and implementing technological innovations to help optimize our workforce and solution delivery.

CONSUMER ELECTRONICS: The Beck Group
From the first meeting, you will notice The Beck Group has a unique approach to architecture and construction. We create teams across all departments and areas of expertise to work on a common goal - your project. We believe a better process and outcome is a result of working together. Many companies who work with Beck come to share this opinion.

We are a team of designers and builders collaborating to meet your vision. Because we are builders, we are more knowledgeable architects. Because we are architects, we are contractors who better understand the nuances of design. Our sustainability and technology practices help us innovate to solve problems.

HARDWARE: CRH plc
CRH plc is a leading global building materials group employing over 87,000 people at around 3,800 locations worldwide. For over four decades, CRH has developed and implemented a proven model of business improvement. By building better businesses across our international operations, we have grown to be a leader in the global building materials industry. The value created from our strategic approach translates into superior growth which has enabled our shareholders to enjoy a cumulative Total Shareholder Return (TSR) in excess of 16% since our formation in 1970.

About the QuEST Forum Global Sustainability Initiative
The QuEST Forum Global Sustainability Initiative was launched in 2014. The primary goal of the initiative is to create a TL 9000 measurement class that sets the industry standard for the effectiveness and maturity of a company's sustainability program. The measurement class enables peer benchmarking and best practice sharing among participating companies. This approach aids companies with establishing their sustainability visions, strategies and goals; as well as identifying collaboration partners. Companies participating in the QuEST Forum Global Sustainability Initiative saw an average of a 17% improvement in their year-over-year sustainability and CSR measurements.

Those wishing to compete for the awards in 2018 need only to join in this great work, improve their performance and enter to win next year. It is open to all companies and has no cost requirement to participate. For more information, visit us at http://www.questforum.org/sustainability/.

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