Leading the way on climate friendly business

The Dorchester Hotel played host to a group of companies pioneering the reduction of carbon emissions at a dinner for the World Business Green Business Awards, in association with INSEAD, on November 29. The event was sponsored by eaga.

by Joe Gill
Last Updated: 23 Jul 2013

The BBC's senior environment correspondent Roger Harrabin introduced the awards and set the context for the significance of the event, in the same week world leaders are meeting in Bali to discuss climate change.

Harrabin pointed to the massive shift of the environment to the centre stage of political and business life, from being a fringe issue when he began reporting on it 30 years ago.

He said that not all businesses had responded adequately to the huge challenges of developing environmentally sustainable business models, but the awards recognised those who were "leading the way".

"Business is able to move a damn site quicker than government, particularly with good leadership," he said, "because unlike politicians, you are not as answerable to so many constituencies."

Among the finalists for the awards, global property group ProLogis, the pharmaceutical company Novo Nordisk A/S and transport services group Wallenius Wilhelmsen Logistics won a batch of awards between them.

ProLogis was crowned as Most Efficient Green Business and Best Overall Green Business. Its awards were collected by Ken Hall, ProLogis's managing director of global development.

Wallenius Wilhelmsen Logistics won three awards: for Best Leadership Driving Change, Best Use of Technology to Support Environmental Logistics and Most Innovative Green Business Model.

Novo Nordisk picked up awards for Best Management and Sourcing of Energy and Best Sustainable Green Business.

During the awards dinner Harabin revealed that the Green Business Awards would be back in 2008.

The full list of awards are:

Most Efficient Green Business (sponsored by eaga) - Pro Logis

Best Building Design (sponsored by Cushman and Wakefield) - Lower Mill Estate

Best Supply Chain Management - BT Group

Best HR strategy - Novotel London West, Accor UK

Best Fleet Management - 'One' Railway

Best Use of Product Design - CA Group Ltd

Best Use of Technology to Support Environmental Logistics - Wallenius Wilhelmsen Logistics

Best Leadership Driving Change (sponsored by eaga) - Novotel London West commendation; Winner: Wallenius Wilhelmsen Logistics

Best Management and Sourcing of Energy (sponsored by Sonae Sierra) - Novo Nordisk

Most Innovative Green Business Model - Wallenius Wilhelmsen Logistics

Best Sustainable Green Business (sponsored by Aviva) - Novo Nordisk

Best Overall Green Business (sponsored by eaga) - Pro Logis Developments

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