International Business Game Changers announced at the 6th International Green Awards


The 2011 International Green Awards™, in association with Climate Change – The New Economy (CCTNE), is proud to announce the winners of this year’s awards, including the overall Grand Prix Winner – Unilever PLC.

This year’s 6th International Green Awards™ came to a climax last night with a magnificent, glittering, ‘green carpet’ event at the iconic Natural History Museum. BBC veteran, Phillippa Forrester and sustainability luminary Leo Johnson hosted the ceremony and announced winners for all 20 categories, along with the Best International Green Celebrity Award, new this year, won by Gisele Bündchen; the 2011 Lifetime Achievement Award and this year’s overall Grand Prix Winner, Unilever PLC for their Sustainable Living Plan.


The awards posthumously recognised Prof. Wangari Maathai, founder of the Green Belt Movement, with the 2nd Lifetime Achievement Award; for her lifelong commitment to environmental protection particularly through the establishment of the Green Belt Movement. The award was presented by Ms Elizabeth Kan of First Eastern Investment Group to Francesca de Gasparis, Director of the Europe office of the Green Belt Movement, who was a close friend of Prof. Maathai. Aside from the inspiration of Wangari’s story, the entertainment of the ‘Green Poet’ and singing from Opera Mezzo Soprano Jennifer Brisk, the night’s speakers, Nick Nuttall, Acting Communications Director and spokesperson for UNEP and Peter Byck, Director, Producer and Writer of climate change movie Carbon Nation, gave enlightening and insightful speeches to an audience of wide-ranging sustainability professionals. The turnout this year was the best yet, with representatives from almost all shortlisted entries and considerable interest from numerous socially and environmentally focused organisations.


This year, the International Green Awards™ took further steps to establish the event globally, encouraging worldwide participation across 20 categories. Entries were received from all over the world, including Bahrain, India, Kenya, United States, Denmark, Australia, South Africa and Sweden amongst others. The quality of work submitted made the judges’ task of choosing winners quite difficult. It was not only the high standard of the entries, but also the cultural and social variances between countries which made judging an interesting and challenging experience. The winners of each category demonstrated true commitment and innovation in pursuing sustainability. The judges chose both original technological solutions like Lucid Design Group (USA) and their Building Dashboard, and effective campaigns being implemented within developing country contexts, notably Peru’s ambitious tree planting scheme, Eco Arki.


The International Green Awards Grand Prix is the overall winner of the event which is judged the best amongst all the entries. This Award is for a campaign which, in the opinion of the expert judging panel, best exemplified an outstanding sustainably message, and had the greatest capacity to change the way society and business is perceived. This prestigious award went to Unilever Plc, by virtue of their ambitious Sustainable Living Plan, which puts the multinational company on track to reduce its impact on the environment whilst also developing and expanding as a company. Judges were impressed by the extent and ambition exhibited by the strategy considering the wide-ranging nature and size of the organisation, with measured progress and ambitious targets to install sustainability within all aspects of the company, forming a world leading core strategy for the future.


For details of all this years winners see with examples of the work that won.



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Grand Prix Winner
(SILVER PARTNER Celestial Green Ventures PLC )

Unilever PLC

Best Green International Business Award (Large)
(BRONZE PARTNER Climate Change The New Economy)

Gold Winner Unilever plc    (UK)
Silver Winner Puma              (USA/Germany)
Bronze Winner DNV             (Norway)


Best Green International Business Award (Medium)

Gold Winner The Yalumba Wine Company    (Australia)
Silver Winner Kebony ASA                               (UK)
Bronze Winner Wellman International            (Ireland)


Best Green Entrepreneur Award (or Start-up)

Gold Winner Dale Vince                                                    (UK)
Silver Winner Double Helix Tracking Technologies     (Singapore)
Bronze Winner Reel Gardening                                      (South Africa)


Best Green Government Award

Gold Winner Dublin Fire Brigade – “Kilbarrack Fire Station”   (Ireland)
Silver Winner Peterborough City Council                                      (UK)
Bronze Winner The Carbon Trust/ Sysdoc – “The Carbon Trust Aggregates Carbon Reduction Project”          (UK)


Best Sustainable Investment
(BRONZE PARTNER Emerald Knight Consultants Ltd)

Gold Winner The Environmental Investment Partnership LLP   (UK)
Silver Winner Global Environmental and Social Business               (UK)
Bronze Winner Sindicatum Sustainable Resources                          (Singapore)


Best Green Technology Award

Gold Winner Flexenclosure                   (Sweden)
Silver Winner Pavegen Systems Ltd.    (UK)
Bronze Winner NLYTE      (UK)


Best Green Energy Efficiency Initiative Award

Gold Winner Marks & Spencer   (UK)
Silver Winner OPower -“Leading the Way Towards Taking Cities off the Grid” (USA)
Silver Winner Hewlett-Packard –“HP Wynyard Data Centre”      (Germany)
Bronze Winner BBC / Arup- “BBC low energy lighting programme”   (UK)


Best Green 4R’s Award (Reduction, Reuse, Recycling, Recovery)

Gold Winner Ecologic Brands         (USA)
Silver Winner Insource Energy      (UK)
Silver Winner Reliance Industries Limited (India)
Bronze Winner LSE                          (UK)


Best Green Intelligent Buildings Award

Gold Winner Deutsche Bank  -Deutsche Bank Towers         (Germany)
Silver Winner PWC – 7 More London                                      (UK)
Bronze Winner Beijing Chyau Fwu Properties Co Ltd – “Parkview Green FangCaoDi” (Hong Kong)


Best Green New Product Innovation

Gold Winner Solvatten AB – “Solvatten”          (Sweden)
Silver Winner Samsung Electronics – “Ecobubble Washing Machine” (UK)
Silver Winner Nissan – “Nissan Leaf”                   (Belgium)
Bronze Winner Puma SE – “Clever Little Bag”     (USA)


Best Green Service Innovation Award
(BRONZE PARTNER The Carbon Trust)

Gold Winner Onzo Ltd.                                             (UK)
Silver Winner Ricoh Europe                                     (Netherlands)
Bronze Winner Clipper Logistics Group Ltd          (UK)


Best Green Educational and Sustainability Awareness Award

Gold Winner South West College –“SWC Sustainability” (UK)
Silver Winner Neal’s Yard  - “Neal’s Yard Remedies”     (UK)
Bronze Winner Groundwork Pennine Lancashire –“Offshoots Permaculture Project” (UK)
Bronze Winner Convention on Biological Diversity           (Canada)


Best Green Employee Engagement Award

Gold Winner Earthwatch – “Engaging HSBC Employees in Sustainability” (UK)
Silver Winner Marks & Spencer – “Plan A Employee Engagement” (UK)
Bronze Winner Deutsche Bank – “Earth Week” (Germany)


Best Green Not for Profit Organisation

Gold Winner The Nottingham Energy Partnership            (UK)
Silver Winner Tap Water Ltd.                                               (UK)
Bronze Winner Global Action Plan                                        (UK)


Best Green Conservation and Biodiversity Award

Gold Winner Blue Marine Foundation      (UK)
Silver Winner Coral Cay Conservation     (UK)
Bronze Winner De Beers Group – “The Diamond Route”   (UK)

Best Green Water Stewardship Award

Gold Winner Environment Support Group – “A Collaborative Initiative for the Wise Use, Conservation and Protection of Lakes” (India)
Silver Winner Wessex Water – “Wessex Water Catchment Management” (UK)
Bronze Winner Coca Cola South Pacific Pty Limited – “Project Catalyst” (Australia)


Best Green Advertising & PR Award

Gold Winner The Danish Transport Authority – “Drive Green” (Denmark)
Silver Winner British Gas –“Green Streets” (UK)
Silver Winner Greater London Authority –“ Capital Bee – Saving London’s Bees” (UK)
Bronze Winner Republic of Everyone – “Garage Sale Trail” (Australia)
Bronze Winner P&G – “Future Friendly 4 2010” UK


Best Green Audio-Visual Award

Gold Winner O Domhnaill  – “The Pipe”             (Ireland)
Silver Winner Peterborough City Council- “Gillian’s Footprint Counts”       (UK)
Bronze Winner Do The Green Thing – “Climate Kid”                                      (UK)


Best Green Cross Platform Digital Media Solution Award (Best use of Mobile Applications Social Media and online content Award)

Gold Winner Lucid Design Group Inc – “Building Dashboard”      (USA)
Silver Winner – “Times Square Takeover”          (USA)
Bronze Winner Orange – “Do Some Good”                                        (UK)


Best Green Collaborative Initiative Award

Gold Winner
EcoArki SRC  - “AGRORURAL “The 230 Million Tree Campaign”      (Peru)
Silver Winner The Forest Trust – “Nestle TFT Partnership”                                        (UK)
Bronze Winner TTXGP Limited – “TTXGP World Championship – The world’s leading electric vehicle motorsport series”                            (UK)
Bronze Winner University of La Punta – “Balance Zero” (Argentina)


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