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Its that time of year again where we nominate our favourite ethical company!
The Observer Ethical Awards 2015 – in association with Ecover – has now launched, marking the tenth birthday of a much-loved British institution which has come to be known as ‘the green Oscars’.
Since 2005, the awards has recognised the extraordinary businesses, communities and individuals in the UK helping us all live more sustainably – from grassroots clean energy projects, to fearless activists, to students growing clothes from bacteria. As a respected and hotly anticipated event on the UK social calendar, the awards have in turn given a crucial boost to their projects and campaigns, shining a light on the nation’s unsung green heroes. It remains the only awards of its kind hosted by a national newspaper.
This year’s event aims to both celebrate and build on that legacy. The category list has been thoroughly shaken up, with the addition of a brand new film and television award, supported by BAFTA; the ethical wildlife award, which acknowledges conservation efforts; and – fitting the anniversary theme – best ethical product of the decade. The judging panel will also see some familiar faces returning, with a ‘greatest hits’ line up which draws from a decade of inspiring and dedicated celebrity panellists – including queen of the green carpet Livia Firth, television presenter Katie Piper, musician VV Brown and poet Ben Okri.
The Observer ethical awards 2015 judges are;
- Stuart Bailey, head of sustainability and climate change, National Grid plc
- Christoph Behling, founder, Christoph Behling Design
- VV Brown, singer, model and founder of vvvintage.com
- Dr Damian Carrington, head of environment, the Guardian
- Tom Domen, long term innovation manager, Ecover / Method
- Stacey Dooley, broadcaster
- Liz Earle MBE, founder, Liz Earle Wellbeing
- Rick Edwards, broadcaster
- Livia Firth, creative director of Eco-Age Limited, founder of the Green Carpet Challenge® (GCC)
- Ben Fogle, TV presenter, writer and adventurer
- Tara Golshan, executive director of education, Jane Goodall Institute
- Jane Goodall, primatologist, ethologist, anthropologist, and UN Messenger of Peace
- Larry Lamb, actor and presenter
- David Lindo, The Urban Birder
- Deborah Meaden, entrepreneur
- Ruaridh Nicoll, editor, Observer Magazine
- Ben Okri, poet and novelist
- Katie Piper, philanthropist and television presenter
- Dr Callum Roberts, professor of marine conservation, University of York
- Lucy Siegle, Observer ethical living columnist, BBC presenter and chair of judging panel
- Alison Tickell, director, Julie’s Bicycle
- Sally Uren, chief executive, Forum for the Future
- Dale Vince OBE, chief executive, Ecotricity
- Wolfgang Weinmann, director, Polity Working Group Limited
- Grace Woodward, fashion commentator and presenter
- Martine Wright, 7/7 survivor and Paralympic athlete
- Lola Young, baroness and ambassador for the Ethical Fashion Forum and MADE-BY
Awards founder and judge Lucy Siegle said:
“Over the last decade the Observer Ethical Awards has boosted the the profile of social and environmental justice in the UK, launched some of the brightest new stars in sustainability and set up businesses, activists and young green champions with a glowing sustainable future, not least through generous bursaries and support from our sponsors.
“We think this is a legacy to be proud of. This year, on our tenth anniversary, we’re celebrating all of these achievements and voting for a clutch of new change-makers with new categories and brilliant judges. Don’t miss the opportunity to get involved!”
Ecover UK General Manager Richard Peake said:
“It is great to be continuing our support of the Observer Ethical Awards, especially in its tenth year. Every time we are involved we are amazed and delighted at the inspiration and creativity of the entries. It is always such a great event to be a part of and the awards ceremony itself is a brilliant opportunity to meet the current and next generation of ethical champions.”
Winners will be announced at a ceremony on Thursday 2 July at the Victoria and Albert Museum and will feature in a special issue of the Observer Magazine. Past winners include The Community of Arran Seabed Trust, who went on to help change the law on marine conservation, Malala Yousafzai, Lenny Henry, and Anne Power, the anti fracking campaigner from Salford who was presented with her award last year by Bianca Jagger.
Nominations are now open for all categories here. The following categories are;
- Campaigner of the year
- Green Briton of the year
- Best ethical product of the decade
- Arts and culture
- The sustainable style award
- Young green champion
- The ethical wildlife award
- Community energy project
- Film and television
The Observer will be announced at the end of May all the companies that have been shortlisted when they will invite voting for public voted categories. (Watch this space and I will let you know when you can start voting.)
What is your favourite ethical company you will be nominating this year?