The Observer Ethical Awards 2008

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The Observer Ethical Awards

Who are the champions of the world?

Who has done the most to safeguard the planet in the past 12 months?

Lucy Siegle
The Observer

Welcome to the launch of the third Observer Ethical Awards, in association with Ecover. What started as a vague notion of highlighting efforts to progress social and environmental justice in the UK, seems to have somehow become a dynamic, growing, three-year-old fixture on the eco social calendar. It is equally thrilling and terrifying, especially when you look objectively at this year’s rather stellar celebrity panel including one supermodel, one A-list actor, one pop star and one England footballer among its number.

Green awards are no longer an anomaly. Since we started quite a few green gongs have begun to be handed out – predominantly in the corporate and marketing worlds. But the Observer Ethical Awards are not just about attaching a green tag, but rather environmental and social justice. For us, the two notions are deeply entwined. And the awards break across sectors and communities, acknowledging everyone from campaigning kids to fashion designers.

Gratifyingly, previous winners tell us this is the award that really boosted their campaign, project or business. In this way, the awards are instrumental in progressing ethical thinking and ideas in the UK. With this in mind, we launch a new category for 2008: the Jupiter Big Idea award which joins the three other bursaries on offer this year, designed to really get initiatives moving.

Given what’s at stake, the judging process should be daunting. But we deflect much of the pressure to you, relying on your votes and nominations to tell us who or what will and should make a difference to the future of our beleaguered planet.

The remainder of the responsibility is offset to a brilliantly expert panel – from eco designers to sustainability academics and eco architects – who have spent the majority of their professional lives (and probably most of their personal lives) mulling over eco footprints and development issues. In April our experts will present a shortlist to our celebrities over lunch at Andaz, the newly refurbished London hotel setting new standards for ecologically aware venues. The results will be announced in June 2008 in a special issue of the Observer Magazine. But for now, please get voting.

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