After a thrilling night at BMA House on 19 June, the winners of the 2019 Global Good Awards, sponsored by Revive, have been revealed.
From corporate giants’ strategies to local town initiatives, this year’s honourees live up to the awards’ ethos of rewarding global good at all levels of society.
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GLOBAL GOOD COMPANY OF THE YEAR
The GOLD award for Global Good Company of the Year, sponsored by The Crown Estate went to WSP, the Canadian professional services company. WSP designs the infrastructure of the future, from city masterplans to Crossrail. With a design life of decades its Future Ready programme challenges all its 48,000 staff to design for the future, not just today’s codes. This approach places the firm at the heart of delivering prosperous, resilient, sustainable cities and societies, as well as contributing to achieving the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals. It is committed to being a zero-carbon business by 2025 and has high-profile, ambitious environmental policies, regulations and programmes. Read more here.
SILVER went to office supplies and business service company Commercial Group for its Commercial by Nature work. Commercial has been taking positive action through social enterprise, employee engagement and carbon reduction for nearly 13 years. Today, everything it does is underpinned by our ‘Commercial by @Nature’ ethos. Read more here.
And Leeds Building Society picked up BRONZE in recognition of its Doing Business Responsibly programme. Since launching its 2020 targets in 2017, the society has helped 135,000 more people to save, and 95,000 more people to have the home they want, including 25,000 first time buyers. Read more here.
GLOBAL GOOD SME OF THE YEAR
David Miller Architects triumphed as SME of the Year, receiving GOLD. The architects’ firm with offices in London and Liverpool uses digital innovation, collaboration and social value to drive improvement. Its approach to social value means that it is also making strides to bring young people, women and under-represented groups into the construction sector, helping to address the current skills gap. Read more here.
Red-Inc was awarded SILVER for its environmental approach to supplying office supplies. It helps its clients understand the impact their purchases have on the environment, as well as providing them with the tools, outlets and knowledge to reverse them. Read more here.
INDIVIDUAL LEADER OF THE YEAR
Sue Riddlestone OBE, co-founder of Bioregional, took home GOLD in the Individual Leader of the Year category sponsored by Prospect Arts. Sue’s achievements include her work to help secure and implement the UN Sustainable Development Goals and steering long-term partnerships with retailers and developers alike that have helped create better places to live and work, with significant cuts in carbon emissions. Read more here.
SILVER went to Mark Norbury, CEO of UnLtd, for his work in expanding the company’s range of partnerships, increasing its income and developing a real focus on impact. See more here.
While Dr Darian McBain received BRONZE for her commitment to transforming the seafood industry by inspiring a vision for ocean stewardship and spearheading Thai Union’s global sustainability strategy, SeaChange. See more here
COMMUNITY PARTNERSHIP (Social & Environmental Sustainability)
Law firm Hogan Lovells was awarded GOLD in the Community Partnership (Social & Environmental Sustainability) for its 20,000 sun programme in tandem with Barefoot College, which trains women worldwide as solar engineers, innovators and educators, who return to their villages to bring light and learning to their community. Read more here.
SILVER was awarded to HammersmithBID for its Parklets initiative, which is part of a wider drive to deliver green spaces, cleaner air, and promote cycling. Eight parking spaces have been made into four vibrant green parklets on Hammersmith Grove. Read more here.
Tideway London won BRONZE for its Thames River Watch programme with Thames 21, which is contributing vital data to increase understanding of the plastic pollution epidemic. See more here.
COMMUNITY PARTNERSHIP (Employment, Education & Entrepreneurship)
UBS banked a GOLD in the Community Partnership (Employment, Education & Entrepreneurship) category for its work in Hackney. For the past 30 years, UBS has committed funding and harnessed the skills of its employees to drive impactful change in its neighbouring borough of Hackney. See more here.
Companies House won SILVER for its Autism Awareness & Inclusion programme, which provides basic work experience within a professional working environment for those with autism. Read more here.
BRONZE went to BAE Systems for its procurement team’s contribution to the Movement to Work in the Supply Chain programme, which aims to tackle youth unemployment through the provision of employability skills and quality work experience. See more here.
COMMUNITY PARTNERSHIP (Wellbeing in the Community)
Thailand’s IRPC was award GOLD in the Community Partnership category (Wellbeing in the Community) category for its New Steps to Life project, whereby the company donates plastic pellets to be used as raw materials for the production of prostheses, especially for the disabled who live in the remote areas, totally free of charge. See more here.
SILVER went to JTI and its Power of Friendship programme, which together with Contact the Elderly, tackles loneliness among older people, enabling local communities across the UK to create friendship groups for people aged 75+ who are living along. See more here.
EMS received BRONZE for its community shop in Hull where means-tested residents can access a wide range of produce (fresh, frozen and chilled) for a donation. See more here.
The Opentree Foundation was rewarded with a GOLD for its Toybank initiative in the Education category sponsored by Giving Force. Toybank’s mission in India is to help children be children through the medium of play and works in the state of Maharashtra, impacting 47,804 at-risk children through 348 of its curated play centers. See more here.
Manchester Airport Group took flight with SILVER for its MAG Connect programme, which is designed to inspire, educate and employ people within its local areas. The programme gives people the skills it needs as a business to grow sustainably, providing a direct benefit to local people and a long-term, highly skilled workforce to support its own growth. See more here.
BRONZE was awarded to MyKindaFuture and Tata Consultancy Services for its TCS Digital Explorers programme, aimed at talented diverse young people from disadvantaged backgrounds who lack social networks. See more here.
SUSTAINABLE SUPPLY CHAIN
WWF and Marks & Spencer were recognised with a GOLD, this time for their Better Cotton Initiative, which has resulted in the high street chain achieving 100% sustainably sourced cotton throughout its clothing ranges. The initiative supports farmers in India and helps develop ways of producing cotton that protect nature and enhanced livelihoods of farmers. It is the third win for Marks & Spencer in these awards, having won the Overall Excellence in CSR category in 2015 and the Green Supply Chain category (again with WWF) in 2017. See more here.
In the Circular Economy category, sponsored by Revive, GOLD went to 3StepIT for its business model of technology lifecycle management. Customers lease their IT devices, with asset management tools to keep track of them and when the lease ends, a refurbishing service realises device residual value, reselling 98% of returned devices. See more here.
SILVER went to Canon Europe, recognising its Kyosei corporate philosophy and leading the way in circular economy initiatives, such as toner cartridge recycling and product refurbishment and manufacturing. See more here.
The Circular Economy Club (CEC) picked up BRONZE for its work in spreading circular economy practices and offering free mentoring to startups and research projects. See more here.
BEST PRODUCT OF THE YEAR
Sponsored by pebble magazine, Alive and Kicking received GOLD for its Balls for Africa initiative which promotes the manufacture of ethical sports balls. The businesses making the balls all work to four specific Sustainable Development Goals. See more here.
BEST CAMPAIGN OF THE YEAR
A project whereby community fridges are used to make fresh food available to everyone in the community for free, was rewarded with a GOLD in the Best Campaign of the Year category, sponsored by Seacourt Ltd. The Hubbub initiative helps people connect to their communities, access nutritious food, save money and reduce waste. The campaign was delivered through Barley Communications. See more here.
Barley Communications and Hubbub also stepped up to receive SILVER for their Plastic Fishing campaign which takes schools and businesses out on boats to clear plastic waste from waterways. See more here.
BRONZE went to O2 and the NSPCC for its Parents vs Kids virtual game, a shared learning experience where parents and children test their knowledge of the internet, sparking a conversation and encouraging greater openness. See more here.
BEST START-UP ENTERPRISE
The Used Kitchen Exchange was awarded GOLD in the Best Start-Up category for its promotion and re-sale of pre-owned kitchens. With its 1500th kitchen being sold in 2019, the equivalent of 1800 tons of landfill has been prevented with a carbon saving of 9,000 tonnes. See more here.
Hubbub Enterprise went home with SILVER. The social enterprise arm of Hubbub Foundation, the charity designs positive, playful campaigns that inspire people to make healthier, greener choices. See more here.
Sustainable bamboo tissue company The Cheeky Panda was awarded BRONZE. Founded in 2016, company has quickly become a global brand selling in over 15 international markets. To date it has reduced carbon emissions by 2,000 tons. Read more here.
TECHNOLOGY FOR GOOD
A non profit social enterprise which provides a unique postal address to people who live in dwellings of unplanned settlements such as slums and semi permanent campsites won GOLD in the Technology for Good category, supported by Siemens. Addressing the Unaddressed is setting up an Exemplar Centre later this year to show how it can be replicated anywhere in the world. See more here.
LeanPath received SILVER for its food waste prevention technology. Through measurement, data analytics, and behaviour change, it enables global organisations like Sodexo commit to cutting food waste in half. See more here.
BRONZE went to The Good Exchange, in recognition of its not-for-profit fundraising platform! The platform is the only one to unite funders, fundraising organisations and the public. See more here.
SPECIAL JUDGES AWARD – SDGs
This Special Judges Awards – SDGs category saw two Golds awarded, one for its breadth across many SDGs and one for its specific targeting of SDG12.
For breadth, Law firm Hogan Lovells won GOLD for its 20,000 sun programme in tandem with Barefoot College. The project trains women worldwide as solar engineers, innovators and educators, who return to their villages to bring light and learning to their community. Read more here.
While LeanPath was awarded GOLD too for its SDG12-specific food waste prevention technology. Through measurement and data analytics, it enables global organisations like IKEA to commit to cutting food waste in half. Read more here.
SPECIAL JUDGES AWARD – INNOVATION
Medair UK and Qlik were awarded GOLD in the Special Judges Award for Innovation, sponsored by Cross River Partnership, for its humanitarian work in Lebanon’s Bekaa Valley. The partnership enabled quicker and more effective interventions for Syrian refugees in the area. See more here.
The Good Exchange was presented with SILVER for its not-for-profit fundraising platform which helps to match organisations and individuals who have money to give to good causes who need it most. See more here.
ONES TO WATCH
Love Not Landfill
The fashion industry is harming the environment, yet for young people today, appearance has never been so important, with 16-24 year olds throwing away 35 million items of clothing every year. The #LoveNotLandfill campaign from the London Waste and Recycling Board and Barley Communications aimed to tackle this problem and engage young people with the environmental impact of fast fashion. Combining pre-loved clothing events, high street partnerships, compelling artwork and high-profile influencer work, the campaign engaged young people and encouraged more sustainable fashion habits, dovetailing with Stacey Dooley’s documentary and so far reaching 2.4 million people. Read more here.
Little Freddie’s Pouch Recycling Scheme
Little Freddie offers a zero waste to landfill pouch recycling scheme, as part of its ‘Big Green Plan’ mission to become the most sustainable baby food brand. The recycling scheme encourages consumers to send back their used pouches in a prepaid recyclable recycling bag, where first of its kind technology will recycle each component of the pouch into materials that go back into circulation. Disposing of baby food pouches in this way has a 90% smaller carbon footprint than current methods. Read more here.
Worn Again Technologies
Worn Again Technologies was born from a vision to enable the ‘circularity of raw materials’ for clothing and textiles, accelerating us towards a waste-free world. For the last decade Worn Again Technologies has been developing an environmentally-friendly physical chemistry, solvent-based polymer recycling technology which has the potential to recycle the raw materials in up to 80% of all non-rewearable textiles, globally. The process is able to separate, decontaminate and extract raw materials from end-of-use polyester and cotton textiles and re-use them as virgin equivalent inputs for new textiles. Our unique chemical process is also applicable for PET bottles to textiles. Read more here.