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The 8th Ethical Corporation Logo Responsible Business Awards 2017 Ceremony: 16th October, 2017 • Entry Deadline: 29th June, 2017

2017 Judges to be confirmed

Meet our panel of expert judges for the 2016 Awards...

The 2016 judging panel featured executives from some of the leading corporate, NGO, media and academic institutions. Together their wealth of experience made for an in-depth judging discussion that ensured we showcased the best leading responsible business strategies on the night.

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Lucy Carver

Director of The Bigger Picture, Sky

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Lucy started her career as a marketer at Unilever and L'Oreal, before joining Sky in 2005 and becoming Director of the Bigger Picture in 2009. Lucy leads Sky’s sustainability strategy with a two-fold focus: being a responsible business day-to-day across UK, Ireland, Germany and Italy, which includes issues such as environmental impact, responsible sourcing, and accessibility; and the delivery of Sky UK’s initiatives aimed at inspiring consumer action to drive positive social impact. Lucy spearheads Sky Academy, which will unlock the potential of one million young people in the UK and Ireland by 2020, through building their practical skills and experience. Sky’s Bigger Picture approach has repeatedly demonstrated how a successful business can become more durable by making a positive contribution to society.

Under Lucy’s leadership Sky developed Sky Rainforest Rescue with WWF to help save 1 billion trees in the Amazon; the Sky Ride partnership with British Cycling, and multiple award-winning innovative partnerships with arts organisations and the Sky Arts channels.

Lucy was one of Management Today’s ‘Top 35 Under 35’ businesswomen in 2010, was selected for the Power Part Time List in 2015, and is a trustee of Cockpit Arts. She lives in London with her husband and two sons.

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Terry Slavin

Editor, Ethical Corporation

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Terry Slavin is editor of Ethical Corporation. She has worked on business and sustainability issues for many years as a freelance writer and commissioning editor on Guardian Sustainable Business and Green Futures magazine.

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Christine Diamente

Head of Brand Strategy, Nokia

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Christine Diamente is Head of Brand Strategy at Nokia, a role she has held since January 2016 following the combination of Alcatel-Lucent with Nokia to create a global leader in connectivity. Her current responsibilities include brand operations, identity, design, experience and strategy.

Previously she was Head of Brand and Corporate Sustainability at Alcatel-Lucent where the company was the recipient of numerous awards. In sustainability for example, between 2012-2015 Alcatel-Lucent was ranked Technology Industry Group Leader in the Dow Jones Sustainability Indices. In 2015, the company was also ranked leader in the Carbon Disclosure Project with a score of 100A and ranked “best in case” by key investors, customers and rating agencies.

Prior to this role, Christine was Director of Corporate Relations, where she built and led Alcatel-Lucent's Strategic Partner activities with the World Economic Forum (WEF) championing key issues such as climate change, technology innovation and diversity. Her tasks included being Sherpa to the CEO and leadership team and participating at the Annual Meeting in Davos and regional meetings worldwide including India and China.

Before that, for almost ten years, Christine was Director European Affairs where she led Alcatel and Alcatel-Lucent's corporate representation with European institutions at the highest levels including playing a leadership role in relevant European associations and task forces with EU institutions.

Christine started her career in 1996 with Newbridge Networks in Canada. She graduated with a Master's in the History of Technology and International Relations and a B.A. in History and International Politics from the University of Ottawa. She also completed the Management Acceleration Programme at INSEAD Business School in France. She is an advisory member of Ethical Corporation in London and previously served as Board member for the Alcatel-Lucent Foundation, the Telecoms Industry Dialogue on Human Rights and the European Internet Foundation.

Christine is also a member of the Ethical Corporation Advisory Board

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Oliver Balch

Journalist, The Guardian

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Oliver Balch is a UK-based writer and journalist, specialising on the role of business in society. He is a regular contributor to The Guardian and has written for Ethical Corporation for over a decade. He is author of a number of travelogues and is currently studying for a PhD in Latin American Studies at Cambridge University. 

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Gavin Milligan

Group Sustainability Director, William Jackson Food Group

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Gavin Milligan holds a PhD from the University of London and worked for 9 years in the chemical industry before moving to the food sector. He has worked for a number of businesses ranging from SMEs to blue chip corporates in supply chain, operations and commercial roles and is currently Group Sustainability Director for the William Jackson Food Group where he is responsible for the company’s social and environmental programmes. He is a former member of the FDF’s sustainability steering group, sits on the steering group of WRAP’s Product Sustainability Forum and the consumer sustainable lifestyles engagement working group at IGD, is a committee member of the Royal Society of Chemistry’s agriculture sector group, chairs the Agri-food member interest group at Campden BRI and sits on the Industrial Advisory Board at SHU’s centre for excellence in food engineering.

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Ioannis Ioannou

Associate Professor, Strategy and Entrepreneurship, London Business School

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Associate Professor of Strategy and Entrepreneurship

BSc (Yale University), PhD (Harvard University)

Dr Ioannou is a strategy scholar whose research focuses on Sustainability and Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR). More specifically, he seeks to understand whether, how, and the extent to which the modern business organization contributes towards building a sustainable future. His academic work evolves around two main themes: a) understanding how investment analysts, and the public equity markets, perceive, evaluate and react to corporate engagement with, and integration of, environmental and social issues into strategy and b) understanding the multiple factors (e.g. institutional, regulatory, behavioral) that may affect, drive or hinder, the corporate decision to adopt environmentally and socially responsible strategies.

Dr Ioannou regularly publishes in top-tier peer-reviewed academic journals including the Strategic Management Journal, Management Science, Organization Science, The Accounting Review and the Journal of International Business Studies. He is currently a member of the Editorial Board of the Strategic Management Journal and in 2015 received an Outstanding Editorial Board Member Award for his service. He is also active on social media and a frequent contributor to articles in the popular and managerial press including outlets such as the Financial Times, The Guardian, and Forbes. In further recognition of his impactful work, Dr Ioannou has been shortlisted for the Future Thinker Award of Thinkers50, the first-ever global ranking of management thinkers whose mission is to recognize ideas that have the power to change the world.

A key contribution of his work is to theorize about and provide empirical evidence for the emergence of the “sustainable organization” (in a recent study published in Management Science, with G. Serafeim and B. Eccles). In addition to the emergence of the sustainable organization, Ioannou and co-authors provide solid evidence regarding significant long-term outperformance of this type of organization compared to the traditional corporate form, both in terms of operating as well as stock market performance. In a more recent study with C. Flammer, Dr Ioannou explores the impact of the Great Recession on long-term corporate strategies, revealing the critical role of investments in innovation and stakeholder relations during times of crisis. Specifically, the findings indicate that during the Great Recession, companies significantly reduced their workforce and capital expenditures. Yet, they maintained the same level of investments in R&D and CSR in an attempt to remain competitive during (and after) turbulent times.

His work on CSR and Access to Finance, with G. Serafeim and B. Cheng, has received the Best Paper Award at the Annual Academic Conference of the United Nations’ Principles for Responsible Investment while his work with O.Hawn received the Best Paper Award from the Social Issues in Management division of the Academy of Management and was published in the Best Paper Proceedings of the 2012 Academy of Management (AOM) meeting. Recently, his paper with O. Hawn and R. Durand presenting a general model of corporate responses to normative pressures as they relate to socio-environmental issues was published in the 2016 AOM Best Paper Proceedings. Previously Dr Ioannou had two more papers published in the AOM Best Paper Proceedings: his dissertation work on the impact of spinoffs on their parent companies in the US automobile industry (2009), and a paper with G. Serafeim on the Impact of CSR on Investment Recommendations (2010).

Dr Ioannou graduated magna cum laude from Yale University, majoring in Economics and Mathematics and holds a Ph.D. in Business Economics from Harvard University and the Harvard Business School. He taught on the MBA and EMBA Core Strategy courses at LBS, and several other degree programs such as the Masters in Finance degree, the Emerging Leaders Program and other senior executive programs. He is a regular contributor to multiple LBS executive education programmes including modules on Sustainability, which he teaches to the fellows of the World Economic Forum.

In addition to research, he often consults internationally with companies on how environmental, social and corporate governance strategies are strategically adopted, effectively embedded and successfully implemented. He is a member of the UK Network Rail’s External Transparency Challenge Panel and also, a member of the Prosperity Panel that advises the Minister of the Environment of Northern Ireland. He recently joined the Advisory Board of Ethical Corporation.

Ioannis is also a member of the Ethical Corporation Advisory Board

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Barbara Crowther

Director of Policy and Public Affairs, Fairtrade

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Barbara Crowther is Director of Policy and Public Affairs for the Fairtrade Foundation, which is the UK member of the global standard setting and producer development non-profit organisation Fairtrade International. Fairtrade works with more than 1.5 million small scale farmers and workers across 74 countries globally, with products certified to carry the independent FAIRTRADE Mark now sold in 125 countries across Europe, North America, Japan, Hong Kong, South Korea, South and East Africa, India, Australia and New Zealand.

Barbara joined the Fairtrade Foundation in 2004, and has led work on building the organisation’s public profile, policy, communications, political relations and media work, and research into the impact of Fairtrade. She has worked on several major global brand and retailer switches to Fairtrade as well as championing small dedicated 100% Fairtrade companies. She established Fairtrade’s Make Food Fair campaign, which is lobbying on issues including better access for smallholder farmers in global supply chains, EU trade reform and banana price wars.

Prior to joining the Fairtrade Foundation, Barbara worked as Head of Campaigns for Save the Children UK on child poverty, child labour and asylum rights for children, and for CAFOD developing the organisation’s youth participation and campaigning programmes, including landmine abolition, international debt cancellation (Jubilee 2000), and ethical trade. She currently sits on the Board of Fair Trade Advocacy Office, a shared EU advocacy programme for the Fair Trade movement based in Brussels.

Aris Vrettos

Aris Vrettos

Programme Director, University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership

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Aris is helping drive CISL’s work on the Sustainable Development Goals and Rewiring the Economy, delivers CISL’s sustainability leadership programmes to individual organisations and has responsibility for CISL’s work in the UAE. Over the last 10 years he has worked with retail, health, technology, industry and finance sectors in Europe, the US, India and South America to engage stakeholders and develop sustainable business models.

He was previously a senior advisor at the think-tank AccountAbility working on strategy, engagement, governance and innovation for sustainable business. He contributes regularly to events and publications and sits on several advisory boards and panels. He is a trained economist and journalist and began his career writing for an international news department and reporting on social tensions in Greece.

Aris is also a member of the Ethical Corporation Advisory Board

Giles Constantine

Giles Constantine

Head of Reports, Ethical Corporation

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Giles is a writer and researcher for Ethical Corp, and has been leading the production of our reports over the past couple of years. He is passionate about all aspects of sustainability and corporate sustainability, and away from work has a soft spot for Latin America and playing cricket!

Dominique Gangneux

Dominique Gangneux

VP, Markets Transformation, Rainforest Alliance

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Dominique Gangneux is leading the Rainforest Alliance’s Markets Transformation global team, helping organizations across the forestry, agriculture and tourism value chains successfully integrate sustainability into their business practices – all the way from sustainable production to sustainable consumption.

For the past 17 years, Gangneux has worked in sustainability consulting and assurance in the UK and globally, working with companies such as Cadbury Schweppes, Interface, Knauf, Kraft, Mondi, Rolls-Royce, Sainsbury’s, Tata Global Beverages, Tesco, Unilever and Vodafone. Prior to joining the Rainforest Alliance, he worked as a consultant and assurance provider at Bureau Veritas, Deloitte UK and ERM.

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