ASK THE JUDGES

Webinars for award entrants

We realise that for many businesses, 2021 is going to be a year of tighter budgets and more careful spending so we want to ensure you have everything you need to make a decision whether to enter awards or not. So, we’ll be running a series of ‘entrant led’ webinars moderated by me but run by our judges – some of which have been evaluating your entries for as long as 5+ years – and you’ll be able to ‘ask them anything’ through the Chat feature. And they’re not just exclusively for those entering the Global Good Awards either!

Key facts:

  • 60 mins long.
  • They’re completely free – no obligation to enter.
  • They’re not just for those entering the Global Good Awards – if you plan to enter any other sustainability awards, you can still join in!
  • You get to direct the agenda by coming armed with questions, stats, queries and concerns.
  • You can attend as many as you wish.
  • You’ll be able to ask a judge a question privately through the Chat feature if you’d rather not ask it publicly.
  • They will be uploaded to YouTube after, however, you won’t be able to ask further questions.

Thursday 4th February 2021 – 10:00 – 11:00 GMT (Registration Required)

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Technology for Good

Best Product of the Year

Special Judges Award for Innovation

Judges

Georgina has been a journalist and editor for 15 years working with Time Out, Lonely Planet, BBC Travel and BBC Good Food. She founded pebble magazine in 2017 to fill a gap for people who want to live a stylish, sustainable life and to share positive stories of people finding amazing solutions to the the planet’s problems. Georgina is giving regular talks on sustainable issues. Georgina has been on the Judging Panel since 2018.

Joe joined VMware in July 2011 and helps develop and communicate VMware’s strategy and vision with customers and partners. As part of VMware’s Office of the CTO and its representative in EMEA, Joe assists VMware’s customers in understanding how to use today’s advances in technology to deliver real business impact. Joe has been on the Judging Panel since 2019, after VWware’s Company of the Year win in 2017.

Yogesh is the Director of Corporate Sustainability at Tata Consultancy Services, developing and overseeing sustainability and corporate affairs operations across UK and Ireland. He is presently delivering a range of external engagements, diversity, environmental, innovation and thought leadership initiatives designed to embed sustainability across the company and build trust in the brand. Yogesh has been on the Judging Panel since 2019.

Thursday 4th February 2021 – 14:00 – 15:00 GMT (Registration Required)

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Global Good Company of the Year

Sustainable Supply Chain

Circular Economy

Climate Action of the Year

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Claudine Blamey is the Head of Sustainability & Digital Strategy at Argent LLP. Claudine has previously delivered the net zero carbon flights strategy at easyJet, the Group sustainability function at Sainsbury’s and for 6+ years, was responsible for the sustainability strategy for The Crown Estate’s business. The Crown Estate won the Global Good Company of the Year in 2018. Claudine has been a judge in 2016, 2017, 2018 and returns in 2021.

Martin is a journalist and environmentalist and has worked with leaders at the likes of Greenpeace, WWF, The Guardian, Unilever, Sainsbury’s, Tata, BT, Marks & Spencer and the Governments of the UK, India and China; and is a currently a Director of Positive News. Martin was the keynote speaker in 2018 and and joined the Judging Panel in 2019; and has since been a massive support and ‘sounding board’ to the Global Good Awards.

Sarah has worked for The Planet Mark since its inception, and is responsible for the delivery of all certifications. She is always looking for new efficiencies and improvements to the certification process to make the customer and team experience even more enjoyable. Sarah’s work in sustainability started after her Masters in Forestry at Oxford, and includes experience in multiple sectors and countries over the last 15 years. She’s been a judge since 2020.

Monday 8th February 2021 – 10:00 – 11:00 GMT (Registration Required)

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Individual Leadership of the Year

Canon Young Champion of the Year

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With over 25 years of experience in the creative sector, Adam now works for Canon EMEA in the Sustainability team, managing the development of their ‘Imaging for Good’ – Young People Programme. YPP is a social investment strategy supporting young people, enabling them to have their voices heard and their stories told through creative education and partnering with the UN to fulfil and deliver SDG 4 – ‘Quality Education’. Adam has been on the Judging Panel since 2020.

Dave is a prolific campaigner for social and ecological justice, an activist, and an ethical brand ambassador. The first 25 years of his professional career he spent influencing thought-leaders and captains of industry towards deeper sustainability. He is an Ambassador for Embercombe, and in 2018 Dave founded a diverse network of Olympians and sporting legends speaking out boldly on the climate emergency: ChampionsForEarth. Dave has been on the Judging Panel since 2016.

Louise is MD of Career Volunteer and has been involved since its inception, working with companies to bring together social purpose with talent development and employee engagement through pro bono and partnerships. She leads a number of corporate programmes, including skills based volunteering initiatives, non profit board training and placements and shared value partnerships. Louise has been on the Judging Panel since 2019, but Career Volunteer have been Partners since 2015.

Thursday 11th February 2021 – 10:00 – 11:00 GMT (Registration Required)

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Community Partnerships

Education

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Will Akerman created and developed MyKindaFuture a mission-led business to raise aspirations amongst 11-25 year olds and help them develop critical employability skills and connect them with employment opportunities. He works closely with many multi-national businesses, SMEs, Government, teachers and lecturers with the vision of ensuring every young person, regardless of their background, has the opportunity to succeed in life and at work. Will has been on the Judging Panel since 2016.

Kathryn is the Head of Corporate Social Responsibility for Cisco UK & Ireland, leading and enabling innovative CSR initiatives across the organisation: engaging employees, benefiting the business and supporting Cisco’s not for profit partners. Kathryn joined Cisco in 1997 and prior to her current role led marketing communications teams in Australia and the UK. Kathryn has been on the Judging Panel since 2016.

Michael is the Community Partnerships Lead at The Crown Estate; managing and developing relationships with key charity partners and stakeholders such as The Connection at St Martins, The Passage, The Felix Project, Age UK, The Wildlife Trusts and SEUK. Prior to The Crown Estate, he worked at Unltd and The East End Community Foundation working on corporate partnerships with the likes of UBS, City and Guilds, Scope and Skagen Conscience Capital. Michael is a newcomer to the panel for 2021.

Thursday 11th February 2021 – 14:00 – 15:00 GMT (Registration Required)

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Global Good SME of the Year

Best Start-up Enterprise

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Harriet is a highly respected bespoke designer and business trailblazers in the UK jewellery industry today. She’s a multiple award-winner and has represented many associations as Chair and non executive director, such as:- National Association of Jewellers, British Hallmarking Council and the Responsible Jewellery Council.  She is a regular keynote speaker on ethics and responsible business. Harriet returns to the Judging Panel in 2021 after a break, previous judging in 2016-2018.

Rick has been a responsible business consultant in both the private and third sectors for over 15 years, developing a unique perspective and understanding of the needs and demands of the two sectors. He is the co-founder and trustee of Uganda Creates – a small charity operating in Uganda with 15 employees and is also an RSA fellow and a firm believer that the world’s social and environmental issues can only be solved if the private sector are involved. Rick has been on the Judging Panel since 2017.

Hil leads on sustainability and CSR strategy at Iceland Foods, advising the Board and working on partnerships and communications. Before re-joining Iceland colleagues in 2016 she spent two years as Interim Director of Communications at Alder Hey Children’s Hospital and Charity.  She has over 25 years of PR experience, mostly as an independent brand and communications consultant, specialising in social change. Hil has been on the Judging Panel since 2019.

Friday 12th February 2021 – 10:00 – 11:00 GMT (Registration Required)

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Employee Engagement & Wellbeing

Environmental Behaviour Change

Best Campaign of the Year

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Paula has worked in sustainability for nearly three decades; beginning her career with a PhD in climate chemistry from Oxford. She has worked for environmental departments in: Defra and DECC, and for the Energy Saving Trust. In 2010 she set up her own research, training and advice agency focusing on environmental sustainability. Paula has been on the Judging Panel since the awards launched in 2015, and plays an integral part of the programme.

Georgina Stevens has worked in sustainability for nearly 20 years, as an environmental consultant in Asia, at NGOs including WWF-UK where she helped and challenged many companies on their environmental policies and has then helped shape some of the most respected sustainability programmes and initiatives during her tenure at both M&S and Virgin. She now runs her own sustainability consultancy. Georgina has been on the Judging Panel since 2018.

Mark decided that after 15 years working in banking that he needed to find something more fulfilling to do with his life. It was then that he started his journey of searching for a business idea that would change the world and would have a net-positive impact. The result; Delphis Eco, products that are non-toxic, non-carcinogenic, non-flammable and non-harmful to aquatic and marine life bottles made of 100% post consumer plastic, a UK 1st! Mark returns to the Judging Panel in 2021 after a break, previous judging in 2018-2019.