Four years ago Karen Sutton, founder and CEO of the awards, was happily buying bottled water and not giving a second thought to where she bought things and how they were made. Today, she’ll happily cause a scene should anyone attempt to put a straw in her drink! That personal reinvention was the result of her involvement in setting up the very first National CSR Awards in 2015 and being inspired by what organisations of all sizes were doing in their communities, for their people, for the planet and for their bottom line. Karen doesn’t just run an awards programme; she is committed to promoting change.
So why change the name?
After three highly successful years, Karen wanted the Awards’ name to reflect the ideal of ‘change’ more dynamically. The term corporate social responsibility was becoming narrow and restrictive. Karen wanted the awards to embrace more businesses, more people and more projects. The name change to Global Good Awards does just that. It makes the awards more inclusive, and will celebrate organisations of all shapes and sizes that are making strides towards a better world for people, the planet and the global economy.
What’s so different about the Global Good Awards?
It’s not just the ethos of the Global Good Awards that makes us stand out from the crowd:
- Boasting a wide range of categories, open to organisations of all sizes, the entry process is simple and straightforward (powered by the online platform Awardstage) and also enables all entries to receive a feedback report on their entry, available the day after the winners’ ceremony, totally free of charge.
- When it comes to judging, we don’t purely rely on the maths of online scoring. To us, you’re not just a number! Our panel of judges has a significant amount of experience in all areas of sustainable development and we match that experience to the best category, to ensure your entry gets the most thorough evaluation possible. When they’ve done their scoring online, they all come together for a day to hammer out the stats and decide who is best, who is close and who are the ‘ones to watch’.
- We walk the talk. All our marketing materials for our event in 2017 were environmentally-friendly, using Revive100, a 100% recycled and carbon balanced paper and using Seacourt’s eco-friendly printing technology. In 2018, our event will be carbon balanced including delegate travel with a fully vegan menu, including the wine.
Works of art
Unlike many business awards, the Global Good Awards trophies are true works of art. Made by one of Britain’s leading contemporary fused glass artists, Siobhan Jones, the beautiful awards are all unique and in 2018, Siobhan will be attempting to use all recycled materials for the first time.
The way we work
We have a strong, sustainable and consistent team, from our photographers to our judges, and we only work with partner companies that share our values. This approach has undoubtedly made the awards stronger year on year. We also draw upon the knowledge of a steering group of individuals with many years’ experience in sustainability, to ensure that the Global Good Awards remains effective, credible and keeps up with the latest trends the sector.
We always ensure that the venues we use share our values and ethics. In 2016, we were hosted at The Crystal, the most sustainable events space in the UK and in 2017 Lord’s Cricket Ground hosted our event, the first cricket ground in the country to run on 100% renewable energy.
If you have a suggestion of a venue or would like to host our 2018 event please contact Karen: apply@GlobalGoodAwards.co.uk but please ensure your sustainability credentials are something to be proud of!