The fifth year of The Observer Ethical Awards launches today and will give recognition to green projects and people for their involvement in ethical initiatives throughout the past 12 months. The awards will be supported by environmentally friendly cleaning product manufacturers, Ecover, and seek to recognise companies and individuals who offer innovative products and solutions to social and environmental problems.
Last year’s awards saw a lifetime achievement award being presented to Sir David Attenborough and Riverford Organic Vegetables received an Ethical Business Award. Nominations for the remaining seven categories for this year’s Ethical Awards must be submitted by 12th March 2010 and an awards ceremony will take place later in the year in London.
The Observer’s Ethical Living correspondent, Lucy Siegle, who is chairing the panel of judges for The Observer Ethical Awards 2010 expressed her disappointment at the lack of decisive action to come out of the Copenhagen climate summit, but believes individual people’s actions will prove to be a key factor in the fight for social and environmental justice. She said,
“Fortunately the real green innovation and dynamism is to be found in the people up and down the country who, over the last 12 months, have really effected change, not just talked about it! There are some fantastic ethical champions in the UK and we can’t wait to hear from them.”
The rest of the judging panel will include TV presenter Ben Fogle, wildlife presenter Kate Humble, athlete Iwan Thomas and self made businesswoman and star of Dragon’s Den, Deborah Meaden. The panel will decide who will be presented with awards in the conservation, grass roots projects, fashion and accessories, ethical kids, ethical business and Jupiter big idea categories. The winner of the ethical kids award will win a £2000 3-year bursary from Ecover in recognition and support for their project.
If you have a project you are involved with that you want to nominate, or an ethical business you think deserves recognition for their work you can encourage them to make a nomination which can be submitted via the website.