The 2019 judging panel features executives from some of the leading corporate, NGO, media and academic institutions. Together, their combined wealth of experience will make for an in-depth judging experience to ensure we showcase the best responsible business strategies
Head of BrandRead more
Christine Diamente is Head of Brand Strategy at Nokia, a role she has held since January 2016. Previously, she was Head of Brand and Corporate Sustainability at Alcatel-Lucent (2011-15) where under her leadership, the company was ranked “best in class” for its sustainability performance by key rating agencies including the Dow Jones Sustainability Indices, CDP, GeSI, EcoVadis and SocGen. The company was also the recipient of industry awards for its brand and digital communications.
Prior to this, Christine held other leadership roles including Director of Corporate Relations where she built and led Alcatel-Lucent's Strategic Partner activities with the World Economic Forum (WEF) and Director European Affairs where she led Alcatel and Alcatel-Lucent's corporate representation with European institutions.
Christine has served on industry boards including ex-officio member of the Alcatel-Lucent Foundation, founding member and Chair of the Telecoms Industry Dialogue for Human Rights (now GNI) and Board Member of European Internet Foundation (EIF). Today she is a Board member of Ethical Corporation advising them on their sustainability activities, chairing panels at their annual conference and presiding their awards judging since June 2015.
Graduating 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, Christine also completed the Management Acceleration Programme at INSEAD Business School in France.
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.
Director of Open ProgrammesRead more
Aris is responsible for CISL’s open executive education programmes where he helps companies understand the implications and possibilities that sustainability creates for business. He is the global director for The Prince of Wales's Business & Sustainability Programme (BSP) which trains approximately 150 leaders from some of the world’s most influential organisations on global sustainability trends every year. Aris also contributes to CISL’s work on low-carbon transition, resource security, sustainable finance and new business models.
He was previously a senior advisor at the pioneering think-tank AccountAbility working at the forefront of strategy, engagement, governance and innovation for sustainable business. He has collaborated with the IFC and the UN Global Compact to promote sustainable finance and sustainable business in emerging markets, with particular focus in Brazil and India.
He is a trained economist and journalist and began his career writing for an international news department and reporting on social tensions in Greece.
Chief ExecutiveRead more
Sally is Chief Executive at Forum for the Future with overall responsibility for delivering Forum’s mission to accelerate a big shift towards a sustainable future by catalysing transformational change in global systems. This involves working with leading global organisations, including businesses such as Unilever and Kingfisher, Foundations, such as the C&A Foundation, and membership organisations, such as Sedex, both in one-to-one partnerships, and also as part of multi-stakeholder collaborations designed to address complex challenges in systems as diverse as food, energy, apparel and shipping.
Sally is currently directly involved in a number of projects including Cotton 2040, a multi-stakeholder collaboration designed to accelerate the mainstreaming of sustainable cotton, and Tea 2030, a global project focusing on a number of innovation platforms intended to deliver a sustainable global tea industry. Sally also helped initiate Net Positive, a coalition of leading businesses, all working to define the next wave of corporate sustainability.
A key part of Sally’s role is inspiring and equipping people and organisations to deliver systemic change for sustainability through regularly speaking at international and national conferences and also writing for a range of publications, with published articles in the New Statesman, Huffington Post, Management Today and The Independent. Sally is also helping build Forum’s new School of System Change where we are building a global community of change agents to accelerate our progress towards a sustainable future.
Sally acts an independent advisor on Advisory Boards for several global businesses, including Kimberly Clark, Kingfisher and Burberry. She is also an Advisory Board member for Sustainable Brands and Johnson and Johnson’s Earthwards Board. In 2018, she was the independent Chair of DFID’s Business Partnership Fund, part of the Business Innovation Facility. She acts as a judge for a number of sustainability award schemes, including the Queens Award for Sustainable Development.
In December 2017, Sally received an OBE in the Queen’s New Years Honours List for services to sustainability in business.
Managing DirectorRead more
Liam is the Managing Director at Ethical Corporation and has spent the past 7 years working across multiple functions within the Ethical Corp team and parent company FCBI.
Liam is a fully qualified Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Marketing and has over 10 years’ experience working within the marketing profession. The first few years was spent working in a medical organisation, assisting in the execution of the membership marketing and PR communications.
In 2010 he joined Ethical Corporation to head up the marketing and management of the Ethical Corporation Magazine. Over the years Liam has assisted in the development of ‘Sister-Brands’ within FCBI that have become $1 million businesses within 3 years of being established.
As the Managing Director of Ethical Corporation he’s helped oversee 3 of the most successful events in Ethical Corp's history - including the relaunch of the global Responsible Business Series in the US. He's tasked with ensuring Ethical Corporation becomes the platform where companies can learn and showcase how to transform to new a purpose and impact driven business strategy.
Liam has a passion and belief that brands have the power and means to create a more responsible and sustainable environment – both in business and society.
Terry Slavin is editor of Ethical Corporation. Previously, she had worked on business and sustainability issues for many years as a freelance writer and commissioning editor on Guardian Sustainable Business and Green Futures magazine. She has a special interest in climate and energy, water and development issues.
UK & Ireland Communications DirectorRead more
David is responsible for core elements of Tesco’s Little Helps Plan, including community, local and sustainability engagement, in addition to business transformation and health communications. He sits on the UK Leadership Team, with additional oversight of media relations and internal communications output.
Tesco’s Little Helps Plan is made up of three core pillars: People, Products and Places. These are the areas where the company feels it can make the biggest difference and that matter most to its customers, colleagues, suppliers and shareholders.
Prior to Tesco, David was Group Communications Director at Monarch, including the airline, travel and engineering businesses. Before that he was a director at leading communications consultancies, including freuds and Burson-Marsteller (now Burson Cohn & Wolfe), leading engagement, sustainability, media and influencer programmes for clients including Mars, Asda, Danone, Shell and BP.
Business Learning Program DirectorRead more
As the Director of Shift’s Business Learning Program, Francis oversees our work providing expert advice to a select group of companies that are serious about human rights. Shift is committed to using the knowledge that we help generate to build broader understanding of the practical application of the UN Guiding Principles and this is a key area of Francis’ responsibilities.
Prior to joining Shift, Francis helped establish Unicef UK’s Child Rights and Business Unit. His role included providing strategic advice to businesses to integrate child rights into their human rights due diligence processes. A major project involved working directly with a multinational hotel chain to support a human rights impact assessment in Mexico, including interviews with over 300 hotel employees and their children.
Francis also led Unicef UK’s advocacy towards the UK Government on the application of the UN Guiding Principles into law and public policy. A central part of this work was policy development and advocacy related to the UK’s National Action Plan on Business and Human Rights and on the Modern Slavery Act Supply Chain Transparency Requirement.
Having worked at Save the Children and Malaria Consortium, Francis has experience of partnering with businesses in the international development context and particularly with those within the pharmaceutical sector. At the UK’s technology trade body, he worked alongside major UK tech firms to design and deliver public affairs strategies targeting both parliament and the civil service and helped develop industry consensus on relevant standards and practices.
As a member of the FTSE4Good Criteria Committee, a Board Director at the CORE Coalition (the leading UK civil society network on corporate accountability) and formerly a member of the Ethical Trading Initiative’s NGO caucus, he has experience working in coalition with a variety of sectors.
Francis is fluent in Spanish having worked in Colombia for more than three years with teenagers from contrasting ends of the economic spectrum, at a bilingual school and at an NGO that housed and educated teenage orphans. His experience in Colombia stimulated his interest in the effects of insecurity and inequality in emerging economies and particularly of the variable role of the private sector in these contexts. During a subsequent MSc in International Security and Development, he wrote his thesis on the role of corporate social responsibility in post-conflict zones. Francis also has a BA (Hons) in International History from the London School of Economics and Political Science. He is a British national.
Director - Corporate and SustainabilityRead more
Associate Professor | Strategy and EntrepreneurshipRead more
I am a strategy scholar whose research focuses on Sustainability and Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR). More specifically, I seek to understand whether, how, and the extent to which the modern business organization contributes towards building a sustainable future. My 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, behavioural) that may affect, drive or hinder, the corporate decision to adopt environmentally and socially responsible strategies.
Head of OceansRead more
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