About the Global Good Awards

Our Mission

Founded in 2015 by Karen Sutton, the GLOBAL GOOD AWARDS reward businesses, NGOs, charities and social enterprises of all shapes and sizes around the world, that are blazing the trail for purpose-driven sustainability and ethical leadership. They recognise leaders who are achieving practical, real-world impact that is both scalable and replicable – and who have inspiring stories to tell.

The Global Good Awards is leading the awards sector by walking the talk across all areas of sustainability, and being something of a disruptor in the overall events industry space. In 2018, GGA was the first scheme in the world to be accredited as ‘Outstanding’ by the Awards Trust Mark, retaining it every year since. The rating reflected GGA’s commitment to running a scheme with the highest standards of ethical behaviour and transparency.

The year 2023 will see GGA turn awards on their heads by introducing a more inclusive and purpose-led ‘Winners’ Showcase’ event rather than the traditional awards ceremony. More here. The Awards is about building platforms to learn, share and progress ideas; and encouraging the development of engaged and ethical business practices as well as the democratisation of sustainability.

Our Founder

Before the Awards were founded, Karen didn’t give a second thought to where she bought things, how they were made and where her money was invested. Today, the Awards has led her to a personal reinvention and a much more sustainable lifestyle; simply by 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.

What’s different about the Global Good Awards?

It is the ethos of the Global Good Awards that makes us stand out from the crowd. We believe that if we are to recognise and reward change across all aspects of purpose driven sustainability and social impact, then we have to be walking that talk ourselves.

We’re independent. We’re not tied to any large publishing or event company, which means that our decisions and actions are not influenced by any vested interests or operational restrictions; we are free to develop the Global Good Awards in line with our ethos.

Each year, we continue to push the sustainability boundaries further: from our venues to our menus, from our dress code to our printed material. Everything we do is sustainable; but most importantly our programme has a purpose. You can read more detail about what we do here: Our Responsibility.

Who can enter?

We’re an all-inclusive awards programme and will recognise and reward organisations of all shapes and sizes that are making strides towards a better world for people, the planet and the global economy.

We are UK based but a global scheme, boasting a wide range of categories, open to all organisations of all sizes from any country. Entry activities can be focused within any country (locally or nationally) or globally.

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 in the sector.

“Well done on a seriously good evening. It was a real step up from last year – and that wasn’t easy! The format excellent, the speaker {Martin Wright} was very good. It made perfect sense to deal with the awards at the pace and in the manner in which you did, then allowing maximum networking via the food serving format. Well done.”

Nick Wright, MD of Corporate Responsibility and Corporate Affairs, UBS

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