PEA Business Awards 2012 sponsored by Lloyds TSB Commercial announces winners

The inaugural PEA (People & The Environment Achievement) Business Awards 2012 which took place on 26th January at The Orangery at Kensington Palace is delighted to announce its inspirational winners.

image002 Paul Turner, Director of Community & Sustainable Business at Lloyds Banking Group comments, “We received entries from many organisations with impressive sustainability credentials who are seizing the opportunities associated with the move towards a green economy. Congratulations should go to each and every entry as all of these organisations are actively demonstrating how it is possible to be both a commercially successful business whilst also minimising their impact on the natural world, whether it be through lower carbon emissions or a reduced reliance on natural resources. Lloyds TSB Commercial chose to sponsor the PEA Business Awards as we recognise that by rewarding examples of environmental best practice in business, we can inspire others to follow suit and together we can make a real difference.”

Jarvis Smith, founder of the PEA Business Awards adds, “We hope that these inspirational people and their companies will set the standard across the board and help to stimulate other businesses to follow suit by assessing the impact that their company has on the environment and cause entrepreneurs to think with a green mindset. Congratulations to all finalists and winners!”

Winners of each category are as follows:

Overall winner sponsored by Celestial Green Ventures PLC

Juliet Davenport, CEO of Good Energy has been awarded this prestigious accolade as she shone out amongst other nominees for her mind-blowingly fantastic work providing an alternative ‘green’ energy. She was also named as winner of The Chief Executive Officer Award Category for her outstanding leadership of a highly successful sustainable company.

Banking & Finance Award sponsored by Ecoinomy Ltd

This goes to Huw Davies, Head of Personal Banking at Triodos Bank with Helen Tandy, Director at The Gaeia Partnership being shortlisted. This award recognises individuals or teams within financial institutions who excel in showing that investment performance can be compatible with socially responsible principles.

Building & Construction Award

This goes to Nigel Keen & The Property Services Team at The John Lewis Partnership with Giles Webber, Operations Director at Dogs Trust being shortlisted. This award is for leadership in sustainable building practices, including new builds, refurbishments and existing building infrastructure.

Chief Executive Officer of the Year Award

This goes to Juliet Davenport, CEO of Good Energy with Mike Biddle, President & Founder of MBA Polymers, Trudy Thompson, Founder & CEO of Bricks and Bread Sustainable Living Centre, Yvon Chouinard, Owner & Founder of Patagonia, Tom Pakenham, Managing Director of Green Tomato Energy Ltd and Peter Kindersley of Sheepdrove Organic Farm being shortlisted. This award is for a visionary CEO who most clearly demonstrates an outstanding commitment to sustainability in their market. The personal contribution of the CEO to their organisation’s growth, market share, competitive positioning and commercial results were taken into account by the judges who looked for a CEO with outstanding green credentials and a sound grasp of what is needed in the future.

Community Interest Company (CIC) Award sponsored by Lloyds TSB Commercial

This goes to Anthony Davidson, Founder & Managing Director of Big Barn CIC with Deborah Watkins, Founder of Funkyjunk being shortlisted. This award recognises an individual or team from within a Community Interest Company for environmentally conscious activity in their sector.

Corporate Social Responsibility Award sponsored by Friends of the Earth

This goes to The CSR Team at John Lewis Partnership with The Corporate Responsibility Team at Olswang LLP being shortlisted. This award is for HR, CSR and other personnel within organisations who initiate cost-effective and positive initiatives to help co-workers become greener.

Environment Manager Award sponsored by Greenwise

This goes to Dr Cecil Stephen Camilleri, Manager, Sustainable Wine Programmes at The Yalumba Wine Company with Glyn Lee, Energy Manager at The East of England Co-operative Society being shortlisted. This award is for a business with all-round excellent environmental management, acknowledging that many aspects of green performance have to be addressed by the individual or team leader responsible.

Food & Drink Award

This goes to Paolo Bray, Director at Friend of the Sea with Brand Team at Suma Wholefoods being shortlisted. The award is for an individual or team member who has created greater public awareness of the range and quality of organic food and/or drink or has developed products with lower ecological footprints.

Marketing and Public Relations Award sponsored by GREEN

This goes to Rick Ridgeway, Vice President, Environmental Initiatives at Patagonia with Fani Moutzouri, Public Relations Officer at Fairfood International being shortlisted. This award recognises effective, innovative marketing and communications initiatives by an individual or team leader that have encouraged greener purchasing habits and lifestyle choices. The merit, relevance, originality, quality of the strategy and tactics used were taken into account by the judges.

Public Sector Award sponsored by Kyocera

This goes to Alexis Keech, Environmental & Sustainability Manager at The Yorkshire Ambulance Service with Eco-fire stations project team at Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue Headquarters being shortlisted. This award is for an individual or team working within a public sector organisation that is committed to sustainability and has delivered a project of direct benefit to sustainable development.

Retail Award sponsored by Aquados Simply

This goes to Plan A Team at Marks & Spencer with Brand Team at Suma Wholefoods, Andrew Thornton, CEO at Thornton’s Budgens and The Junky Styling Design Team at Junky Styling being shortlisted. They were chosen from individuals or teams working in the (online) retail and wholesale sector carrying out programmes or implementing systems to improve their environmental impact. They demonstrated the highest levels of delivery, site engagement, usability, security, innovation and ethical practice, as well as initiatives to make internet purchasing a more sustainable solution.

Social Enterprise Award sponsored by The National Enterprise Network

This goes to Mark Wakeling, Managing Director at Freeset Bags Ltd with Hermione Taylor, Founder of The DoNation being shortlisted. This award acknowledges the work and achievements of the individuals or teams behind the most inspiring and successful social enterprises, whether a start-up, an organisation that holds the social enterprise mark or a business or project led by young people.

Supply Chain Champion Award

This goes to Howard Carter, CEO of Incognito with Emma Tweedie, Owner of C.L.A.S.S being shortlisted. This award is for those who have made greening the supply chain a core strategy and recognises how, through an in-depth knowledge of the supply chain, an individual or team has met robust sustainability objectives and become an eco-efficient leader.

Transport Award

This goes to Tread Lightly Initiative at Eurostar International Limited with the Central Transport Team at the John Lewis Partnership being shortlisted. This award is for an individual or team that has worked to minimise the harmful environmental effects of transport, by such initiatives as fleet management, minimising or changing business travel arrangements.

Tourism Award

This goes to Sylvie Fabre, Marketing Manager at Centre of Alternative Technology with Joanna Yarrow, Owner of Wilderness Wood being shortlisted. The award goes to an individual or team leader who has made an outstanding contribution to responsible tourism. The award was open to those involved in responsible tourism development, whether a new attraction in a deprived area or a sustainable tourism scheme to benefit local people.

The judging panel for the awards was chaired by Leo Johnson (Head of Sustainability at PricewaterhouseCoopers) and included Deborah Meaden (entrepreneur and star of BBC2’s Dragons’ Den) Jo Wood (TV personality and organic entrepreneur), Josephine Fairley (co-founder of Green & Black’s), Alex Lambie (founder of Green Helpline) and Tony Juniper (environmental campaigner, author and editor-in-chief of GREEN magazine) who after long discussions, drew up the shortlist from nominations and decided upon winners of each category.

The charity partner for the evening is Friends of the Earth, who organised a raffle to raise funds to support their vital green campaigning. Prizes included, four magnums of organic prosecco donated by Vinceremos, Two-day cookery course for two people donated by River Cottage and a CSR review and technology focused performance review donated by Eco Consultancy.

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