I’m looking forward to attending this year’s The Observer Ethical Awards on Thursday 9th June as a guest of Compassion in World Farming, as I was proud to be a part of their hugely successful campaign against the Nocton Mega-dairy (‘Cows Belong in Fields’) – now shortlisted down to the final three.
In association with Ecover, the awards recognise organisations, individuals and young people whose work makes day-to-day ethical living more accessible and achievable.
Here are the shortlisted nominees:
The Better Food Company
Offering fresh, organic produce in the Bristol area, the Better Food Company work to reduce food miles and support local suppliers.
The People’s Supermarket
Recently featured on a Channel 4 documentary, the People’s Supermarket in Holborn, London, aims to be a sustainable food cooperative providing healthy food at reasonable prices.
Unicorn Wholefood Co-operative Grocery
Unicorn is a co-operative grocery based in South Manchester. Owned and run by the workforce, the grocery donates 5% of its wage bill to local and international projects.
Offset Warehouse is a social enterprise offering a one-stop online shop for ethical clothing and interiors. Their website provides a wealth of information on the sourcing of products they stock.
Riverford Organic Vegetables
Riverford deliver around 47,000 boxes of vegetables and other produce in the UK every week. A network of sister farms allows Riverford to supply a wide area while maintaining their ethical standards.
Offering an array of natural gardening supplies, Wiggly Wigglers have moved on from wormeries and now sell a huge range of environmentally friendly products.
Campaigner (sponsored by B&Q)
Named after the angle at which an avalanche occurs, 38 Degrees aims to mobilise mass participation to campaign for social and environmental justice and dispel the apathy so often associated with modern politics.
Compassion In World Farming
Speaking up for those who can’t speak up for themselves, CIWF campaigns for an end to cruel factory farming practices. Recent successes include a high profile campaign against the Nocton “mega dairy.”
A familiar face through his campaigns around chicken farming and fish conservation, Hugh won last year’s award and has continued to fight for better husbandry.
Roughly translating as “voice,” Avaaz has a simple mission: to organize citizens of all nations to close the gap between the world we have and the world most people everywhere want.
Forty years since it was founded, Greenpeace has grown into perhaps the best recognised environmental campaign movement in the world. Their mission of positive change through action is often controversial but never easy to ignore.
Greg is a pioneer in the international development of fairly traded jewellery and is recognised globally as one of the loudest and most persistent voices in the fight for responsible mining.
Ecover Ethical Kids
Green Gateways Business Club
As part of this Yorkshire based project pupils run and attend green business breakfasts at school. National companies such as Asda and KMPG have spoken at the networking events.
Savy B.O.B. Box
Year 8 pupils from Merseyside, working alongside Duke of Edinburgh Award students, make, sell and distribute unique bat or bird boxes within the local community.
Turners Hill Primary School
Turners Hill have pioneered a continuing, whole school eco project, spanning over 20 years, embedding environmental issues into the curriculum to promote and encourage awareness from an early age.
Fashion & Accessories (sponsored by vogue.com)
Pachacuti was founded in 1992 and combines British design with sustainable production in the Andes by women who are socially, geographically and economically marginalised. Their trademark Panama hats epitomise slow fashion.
Christopher Raeburn constructs innovative outerwear from reworked military fabrics. Staunchly British, all garments are proudly “Remade in England”.
Veja is a pioneering brand of footwear established in 2005 which works under fair trade principles with small producers across Brazil and uses ecological materials.
Big Idea (sponsored by National Grid)
BiogenGreenfinch takes waste food from households, supermarkets, restaurants and food manufacturers and through its natural anaerobic digestion process produces renewable electricity, heat and a ready-to-use fertiliser for crops.
Giveacar raises funds for charities through scrapping or auction of old and end-of-life donated vehicles. They limit the environmental impact of end-of-life vehicle disposal and have raised over £250,000 since January 2010.
Pavegen use wasted kinetic energy from footsteps and turn it into electricity- allowing people to take part in energy saving in a fun educational way. The project is set to be the only commercial kinetic renewable energy generating technology in the world.
Grassroots (sponsored by Timberland)
The Bristol Bike Project
A volunteer-run, community bicycle project that repairs, reuses and relocates unwanted bicycles within underprivileged and marginalised groups in our city.
Liftshare is dedicated to reducing the number of cars on our roads by helping people find others going their way, so they can car-share. Over 420,000 individuals have signed up to date, and members are currently taking about 80,000 car journeys off the UK’s roads every day.
Putting Down Roots
A gardening project for homeless people run by St Mungo’s in hostels, parks and an allotment, developing gardening skills, providing maintenance and improving public safety.
Business (sponsored by Jupiter Asset Management)
The Co-operative Group
The Co-operative Group is a member-owned and UK-based family of businesses operating primarily in the food retail, financial services, travel, pharmacy and funeralcare sectors.
Global Ethics aim to massively, positively and permanently change lives in the world’s poorest communities by encouraging people to select their “One” branded products when buying everyday essentials.
Yeo Valley is an independent, family-owned dairy and farming business based in Somerset, and is the number one organic dairy brand in the UK. Yeo Valley is committed to sustainable, ethical and environmentally-friendly British farming.
Good Catch provides practical information and events, helping the culinary and catering sector navigate seafood sustainability to buy, serve and promote marine-friendly menu options.
Peak District Environmental Quality Mark
The Peak District Environmental Quality Mark (EQM) is an award for businesses that help conserve and enhance the Peak District National Park.
Thameside Nature Park
Essex Wildlife Trust are turning 845 acres of landfill site on the north bank of the Thames into a living landscape for wildlife and people.
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The winner of The Observer Lifetime Achievement Award will be announced at the awards ceremony and will appear on The Guardian website on 10 June.