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London, 29 November 2016 - Creative, deeply moving and inspirational: the winners of this year’s Global Sustainability Film Awards, run by the media charity tve, drive home the message of sustainability.

At a black-tie awards ceremony at BAFTA last night, the judges announced the winners in a worldwide competition showcasing the best of corporate sustainability. Winners included FREITAG lab. Ag, HSBC/WWF-UK, Electrolux and Essilor International.  "The creativity is more than incredible. It’s inspirational," said Neil Armstrong, chief executive of Fastflow Group, main sponsor of the Awards.

Keynote speaker Nick Nuttall, UNFCCC’s director of communications, said that the companies’ achievements in sustainability were especially important because they show the way forward in a world on the environmental brink. ‘We must move with urgency from promises to practicality,’ he said.

In vying for the top prizes, companies from the banking, eyecare, electrical goods, fashion, coffee, jewellery, cosmetics and hotel industries won awards in these categories:

In the Transforming Society category, sponsored by the China International Culture Stock Exchange, the winner was Essilor International for its film ‘Eye Mitra: Friends of the Eyes.’ The Youth Career Initiative forGiving Hope to Survivors of Human Trafficking’ was highly commended.

In the Reshaping the Economy category, FREITAG lab. Ag won top prize for ‘The Road to F-ABRIC.’ Jacobs Douwe Egberts was highly commended for ‘Kenco’s Coffee vs Gangs.’

Winner of the Protecting the Environment category was the HSBC Water programme/WWF-UK for its film ‘How Improving Farms Helps Protect the Mara River: Nancy’s Story.’  L’Oreal was highly commended for ‘The L’Oreal Approach to Ensure the Full Traceability of Palm Oil and its Derivatives.’

The Net Positive leadership award in partnership with Eco-Age was presented to Electrolux for its film ‘For the Better.’

April Doubleday received the Free@Last TV special mention for the film ‘Fairtrade Gold Mining in Colombia.’

Hosted by broadcasters Jeni Barnett and Nik Wood, the ceremony will reach television audiences throughout 2017, thanks to tve’s media partner, Free@Last TV.

Mei Sim Lai OBE DL, president of the 2016 Awards and tve trustee, told the audience at BAFTA’s Princess Anne Theatre: ‘The tve awards are now playing a proactive part in encouraging businesses around the world to think about how to best communicate what they are doing to meet their own sustainability targets.’

Neil Armstrong, owner, chairman and chief executive of Fastflow Group said: ‘The creativity on show here is more than incredible. It’s inspirational. There were no less than 44 entries this year with an output so varied, so colourful and so deeply moving that we should really be handing out 44 prizes.’

In awarding these films, said keynote speaker Nick Nuttall, director of communications and spokesperson for the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, it was important to recognise not only the achievements shown in the films, but the companies’ wider ambitious plans for sustainability. "If the world is to seize the opportunities in the Sustainable Development Goals and the Paris Agreement, we must move with speed and urgency from promises to practicality, and from pledges to implementation."

Barry Ryan, managing director of Free@Last TV, said: ‘Free@Last is delighted to partner tve in these amazing awards. We have a passionate belief in the power of visual media to ensure that the vital message of sustainability is brought home around the globe’

Here is the the Electrolux entry, focusing on energy efficiency and saving water:

To view all the winning and competing films, see here

For more about the 2016 Awards and media enquiries, contact Rollo Gordon at rollo.gordon@tve.org , tel 0207 963 7451(UK)

For more on sustainable development see here

Notes to editors

tve creates and enables others to create powerful, effective communications about the environment and development. Through film, animation, documentaries, debates and social media, the media charity reaches global audiences, giving a voice to a new generation committed to a greener and fairer world. www.tve.org

Fastflow Group is the Awards’ main sponsor for the second year running.The Group operates within the support services and infrastructure sectors supplying cost-effective and value-added services in a collaborative, proactive, fair and responsible manner. Fastflow Group has a customer base including public and private organisations such as FTSE top 100 giant National Grid, leading water companies Northumbrian Water Group, Scottish Water and Housing Associations A2Dominion, Catalyst Housing and Southern Housing. The company embraces the strategic, competitive advantages of a sustainable business model and conducts its business ethically, thereby establishing and maintaining long-term relationships to make a positive contribution to society. www.fastflow.co.uk

Free@Last TV Limited is tve’s media partner and is producing a one-hour broadcast special of the Awards. It is an independent media production company specialising in creative and innovative entertainment and factual programming. Founded in 2000, Free@Last TV has offices in London and Brighton. The company has a core staff of four and a development strategy across a range of genres and content avenues. www.freeatlasttv.co.uk

The University of Westminster is a long-standing media partner of tve for the Awards and is a leading education provider. The university’s commitment to educating graduates for the needs of professional life attracts high- quality students from within the UK and around the globe. www.westminster.ac.uk

Grace Bian is Awards vice-president, and sponsor of the Transforming Society Award. Grace chairs the China International Culture Stock Exchange, a real-time trading platform for a wide range of media and cultural assets, tangible and intangible. She is also chair of GBA-Citi Group, which focuses on transforming society through projects like its mobile hospital concept. Grace jointly owns a research and development centre with the China Academy of Sciences and is an economic advisor to the Chinese government. “I believe in change, in innovation, in creativity, in miracles and in action. These Awards showcase how to use our limited resources to maximise outcomes – and everyone can be a part,” she said.

Eco-Age has partnered with tve for the Net Positive Leadership Award. Eco-Age is an ideas consultancy which powerfully aggregates global thought leaders and influencers to address the compelling issues and opportunities of our day by delivering solutions, through ethical and sustainable values. Eco-Age has a market leading track record for addressing sustainability issues across complex supply chains, in broad industry sectors, for the mutual benefit of people and planet. Eco-Age.com

Planet First is a partner for this year’s Awards. Its mission is to empower organisations and their people to make year-on-year progress on sustainability. Its approach is to ensure they grow economically by improving their environmental and social performance. Planet First’s unique approach develops knowledge and communication skills within the Planet Mark-certified businesses, which each have access to a comprehensive set of toolkits to make sustainability easy and straightforward to embed in their organisation. It is a low-resource programme that is proven to work. On average, Planet Mark-certified businesses make a 7% carbon saving each year per employee through energy use, waste, water, travel and procurement and in doing so expect to make a cost savings of at least £100 per employee per annum. http://www.theplanetmark.com/about/our-story/


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