This year we are delighted to announce worthy victors in 13 categories, plus the inaugural John Chesshire award and the new green business of the year award. A further 10 organisations have been highly commended by our eminent, independent judging panel.
Against a harsh backdrop of public sector spending cuts being superimposed on an uncertain recovery, businesses and public sector organisations alike might be tempted to question their commitment to green issues. But, as the finalists in this year's Green Business Awards show, they would be wrong. Their simple message is that protecting the environment and cutting carbon emissions is not primarily about complying with regulations or demonstrating social responsibility. It is about successfully discovering and developing new and sustainable business models - ways of doing business that respect the planet and deliver innovation, efficiency and growth in the bottom line.
The leading eco-innovators are pathfinders, showing ways towards a sustainable future for society as a whole. But they are also safeguarding their own current financial performance and laying the foundations for future growth.