Comments about the INTERNATIONAL GREEN AWARDS™
“We desperately need to recognize that we are the guests not the masters of nature and adopt a new paradigm for development, based on the costs and benefits to all people, and bound by the limits of nature herself rather than the limits of technology and consumerism.”
Mikhail Gorbachev, Chairman of the Board, Green Cross International
“Earth’s natural capital is ultimately our only security for the future. Rapid environmental, social and technological change are presenting human society with unprecedented challenges. Fortunately, people, businesses and governments around the world are waking up, not just to the threats we face, but to the many opportunities there are for addressing them. UNEP is committed to nurturing the creativity and leadership we will need from all sectors of society if we are to create a sustainable future for all.”
Achim Steiner, UNEP Executive Director, United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)
“Innovation is the key to an improved quality of life and it’s only right that the pioneers who are driving this agenda forward are recognised. My vision of putting the “village” back into the city is all about creating a cleaner, greener and more civilised capital and it is wholly fitting that these fantastic International Green Awards are celebrating new initiatives that will help make this happen.”
Boris Johnson, Mayor of London
“The International Green Awards™ exist to recognise and reward companies who demonstrate best practise sustainability. At a time where we need best practice in every field to become the norm, this couldn’t be more important. “
“The need to care for our planet, husband our resources wisely, and sustain our environment is becoming ever more urgent and important. These awards help to put that cause at the very heart of our creative economy. They will help us to aim higher. They will both reward and encourage best practice; and as a result I give them the warmest of possible welcomes.”
Rt Hon Lord Smith of Finsbury, Chairman, Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) & Chairman, The Environment Agency
“Sustainability is a complex and long-term crisis, challenging to resolve and all too easily pushed down the global agenda by economic difficulties, natural disasters and other events. However, I am encouraged that more and more leading businesses are responding to this challenge, and investing in new solutions that can help us to maintain quality and richness of life while living within the limits of the planet. It is important that we recognise and celebrate their achievements through events like the International Green Awards.”
Sir Martin Sorrell, CEO WPP Group
“In a world of imploding certainties and deepest doom and gloom, we need more than ever to be celebrating the work of those who are already building that better, more sustainable world that is emerging from the chaos – and that’s exactly what the INTERNATIONAL GREEN AWARDS™ are all about.”
Jonathon Porritt, Programme Director, Forum for the Future and Chairman of the UK Sustainable Development Commission
“Making your voice heard and having an impact in the increasingly crowded and sometimes fatigue-laden world of environmental marketing requires persistence, creativity and the ability to take risks. Without it, I fear messages key to our very survival will not be noticed.”
Satinder Bindra, Director of Communications, United Nations Environment Programme (Kenya)
“Members of the WBCSD believe that efficiency gains and technological advances alone will not be sufficient to bring global consumption to a sustainable level. Changes will also be required to consumer lifestyles. The INTERNATIONAL GREEN AWARDS™ provides a unique opportunity to share best practice on how companies can use their marketing and communications expertise to foster more sustainable consumption by helping consumers chose and use products more sustainably.”
Cheryl Hicks, Business Manager Consumers & Sustainable Consumption, The World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD)
“Food, Water and Energy security are the biggest issues facing mankind. Without tackling deforestation it will be near to impossible to address these issues.”
Johan Eliasch, Special Representative of the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom and Chairman, HEAD
“The challenge of creating a low-carbon society will require a revolution in thought and action – a revolution in green consumption. This is where Tesco can make a huge contribution.”
Sir Terry Leahy, Chief Executive, Tesco
“We have to move quickly to a sustainable, low-carbon economy . The creative industries can help communicate the urgency of that challenge and mobilise public support for the changes we need.”
Peter Madden, Chief Executive, Forum for the Future
The INTERNATIONAL GREEN AWARDS™ go beyond words – celebrating the real activity that is going on in the community to produce inspiring individual and collective actions that are making a tangible contribution to greening the world in which we live. I am delighted to support them.
Jon Snow, Newscaster, Channel 4 News
I would like to express my support to the INTERNATIONAL GREEN AWARDS™; it is very important, especially in this moment, that companies who put their efforts and financial resources in green initiatives are recognized with such a prestigious prize.
Colin Firth, Actor/Celebrity
The INTERNATIONAL GREEN AWARDS™ is a sign that environmental issues are finally going into the mainstream where they belong. For years the environmental campaigners have been talking about issues such as climate change, species loss and resource depletion, and so far we haven’t really connected yet with the mainstream of society.
Tony Juniper, Former UK Director, Friends Of The Earth
Does the world need another award scheme? It does if it encourages sustainability and is called the INTERNATIONAL GREEN AWARDS™ .
Sir John Hegarty, Chairman, BBH London
It’s never been more important to convince people that living sustainably is possible, attractive and essential.
David Mason, Head of Communications, Forum for the Future
The continuing success of the INTERNATIONAL GREEN AWARDS™, especially the introduction of an International category, underlines how important the whole area of CSR and environmental engagement has become – initiatives such as the INTERNATIONAL GREEN AWARDS™ play a critical role in promoting the principles of environmental responsibility to a wide commercial audience.
Dominic Lyle, Director General, EACA – European Association of Communications Agencies, Belgium
Small groups of inspiring people can change the world for the benefit of all its inhabitants. The INTERNATIONAL GREEN AWARDS™ submissions and their winners demonstrate that.
Maxine J Horn, CEO, British Design Innovation
It’s important to celebrate initiatives that drive us towards a One Planet Future – a future in which the production and consumption of goods and services flourish within the Earth’s ecological limits.
Dax Lovegrove, Head of Business & Industry, WWF
The INTERNATIONAL GREEN AWARDS™ celebrates leaders who create imaginative responses to the current climate crisis, turning it into opportunities. Our founder, Wangari Maathai, saw the environmental problems of Kenya in the 1970s, and created the Green Belt Movement to help ordinary citizens bring about the change they want to see.
Francesca de Gasparis, Director, Green Belt Movement International, Europe Office
The challenge of moving from low to zero carbon and then a restorative decarbon equity based wellbeing economy will rely far more on culture change than technofix. The communication of sustainability and wellbeing visions by brands will need to play a key role in the societal shift from consumer to citizen on which success will rely.
Jules Peck, Director, Quality of Life Commission
With high profile companies collapsing around our ears and financial institutions in turmoil, having an award scheme that celebrates companies who are implementing sustainable, forward-thinking initiatives has never been more important.
Trewin Restorick, Director, Global Action Plan
No organisation, no matter how adroit, can make money from a poisoned population and a dead planet.
Rob Holdway, Director, Giraffe Innovation
Up to now, everyone has craved a gold, a platinum or even a diamond award. No longer. The one to have now is an INTERNATIONAL GREEN AWARDS™ . Future generations will thank us for it. In fact, future generations may only be here to thank us if the principles behind these awards become universal.
Paul Kitcatt, Creative Partner, Kitcatt Nohr Alexander Shaw
Lowering your carbon emissions means cutting your costs and strengthening your reputation. It has never been more important for business to join the low carbon world.
Peter Hambley, Marketing Director, The Carbon Trust
The role of business is to provide products and services that improve people’s lives without trashing the natural ecosystems on which we all depend for our economic and spiritual wellbeing. This is an urgent, systemic challenge, requiring new levels of collaboration, creativity, sensitivity and commercial nous.
Anthony Kleanthous, Independent Sustainability Consultant
We are at a time in history where business as usual will no longer be acceptable. The radical changes in our perspective have condemned us to be utterly creative towards imagining a better reality. The INTERNATIONAL GREEN AWARDS™ is an important contributor in recognizing and encouraging the leaders that will shape our future.
Bethany Koby, Design Director, Wolff Olins
Whilst recent changes in marketing have been driven by the revolution in technology, we’re convinced the next set of changes will be driven by people’s demand for green products, services and brands. These awards will highlight and reward those who are early to get this shift.
Simon Andrews, CEO and Founder, Big Picture Mobile, UK
The INTERNATIONAL GREEN AWARDS™ is a great platform to raise awareness, influencing and rewarding the brands that pioneer the field and that are embracing sustainability.
Diana Verde Nieto, Sustainability Consultant
In a world of green-fatigue and even green-washing, it is important for the industry as well as consumers to remain confident that sustainable development issues gain prominence. The INTERNATIONAL GREEN AWARDS™ , respected and well supported help considerably in this area.
Michael Lee, Executive Director, International Advertising Association (IAA), New York
The environment is an issue where we are all looking for solutions, it is important to ours and future generations and is one in which the communications industry can play a powerful role. Too often environmental language used is not accessible, our industry is overcoming these barriers; it is our specialty.
Baroness Peta Buscombe, Chief Executive, The Advertising Association
We will only be able to meet the scale of challenge required to move to sustainable lifestyles if we mobilise our best creative talent in coming up with solutions and selling them to the wider public. That is why we are delighted to support the INTERNATIONAL GREEN AWARDS™ to inspire the communications industry to put their brains and imagination into marketing sustainable development.
Chair – Jill Rutter, Director of Strategy & Sustainable Development, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra)
The nature of business is changing but there is still so much to be done to increase awareness of environmental and social responsibility in the business world. We now need to engage marketers, the media and those at the forefront at the communications industry to take the crucial steps to include CSR in both the message and delivery of the billions of campaigns which influence how consumers live their lives by choosing greener lifestyle options.
Lynne Franks, PR Guru, Writer & Sustainability Expert, Founder – Seed Network
Environmental issues, specifically climate change, has risen right up the agenda over the last few years. We now realise that we are all part of the problem, but also the solution. Clearly Government has a huge role to play, but let’s not forget the huge reach of the commercial sector and the role that it should play in sending out clear environmental messages to customers. The challenge is to do this is an informative and responsible way, that’s why I support the INTERNATIONAL GREEN AWARDS™ , because it rewards those organisations who are genuinely trying to convey simple messages in as a creative way as possible, so that people stand up, take notice and take action.
Philip Sellwood, Chief Executive, Energy Saving Trust
It is vital businesses are publicly ambitious in improving their products and services while arming their customers with the information they need to make more sustainable purchases. The INTERNATIONAL GREEN AWARDS™ are a great way of encouraging this activity.
Winnie De’Ath – Head of Communications, WWF
I think the INTERNATIONAL GREEN AWARDS™ are important as they represent a beacon of good practice which will encourage both clients and agencies alike to take the necessary responsible action that the communication industry needs.
Amanda Phillips – CEO, Proximity London
We are in the triple bottom-line era where, to satisfy it’s stakeholders, a business must pay as much attention to the social and environmental impact of its activities as to the financial bottom-line. Marketers should be at the forefront of this change as the key communicators of the brand and organisational values. In the future, marketing will be as much about changing attitudes and behaviours as it is about increasing market share.
David Thorp, Head of Insights, Chartered Institute of Marketing
With climate change, energy issues and environmental destruction hitting the headlines on a daily basis, there has never been more interest in what we as individuals can do to make a difference. Green consumers are becoming more numerous and more committed. Businesses will have no choice but to respond to their concerns – if one company can’t change, there will be another who can.
Julia Hailes MBE – Author & Sustainability Expert
When problems are global, initiatives to tackle them have to be global. I am thrilled to take part in this collective endeavour from Asia, sharing the same goal of creating a sustainable, low carbon economy.
Aiko Doden, Senior Commentator, NHK Eco-Channel (Japan Broadcasting Corp)
Nothing for me is more important than to celebrate those who are actively looking for and working with alternatives to the global energy issues.
Nicola Giuggioli, CEO, Eco-Age