Green Business Awards 2009: Introduction

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Management Today and ENDS are proud to present the results of the Green Business Awards 2009, organised by Haymarket Business Media. This year, we are delighted to announce 12 winners and a further 11 organisations that have been highly commended by our eminent independent judging panel.

In today's world, firms are increasingly beginning to integrate environmental issues into core business strategies. This only strengthens the rationale for ENDS and MT, with our different but complementary audiences, to produce the Green Business Awards in co-operation.

In a challenging year for the whole British economy, we introduced new categories for Green Product and Green Service of the year. The fantastic response that these inspired from entrants showed that there is no shortage of solid business ideas out there that can create jobs and growth and help address critical environmental challenges.

Effective management of carbon emissions has become a pressing concern for all businesses. Thousands are still starting to feel their way towards sensible strategies. This year's winners include inspiring examples of how much can be achieved.

If the best practice shown by these leaders could be spread across UK business, real progress would start to be made towards the Government's target for Britain to achieve an 80% cut in carbon emissions by 2050. It is also vital to keep in mind how often carbon reduction also means cost reduction.

Though they have been somewhat overshadowed by the necessary current focus on carbon management, other environmental issues remain as important as ever for businesses to manage. Once again, this year's winners stand out for their commitment and achievements in key areas, including waste reduction and biodiversity protection.

In any case, environmental issues are profoundly interconnected. When businesses attack problems such as waste and pollution, they very often cut their carbon emissions at the same time. Likewise, efforts to cut carbon or to improve resource efficiency can have multiple additional environmental benefits.

Our ambition is for the Green Business Awards to help spread these messages, and to make a significant positive contribution to the greening of Britain. …