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Gaeia makes shortlist at People and Environment Awards for Business



The final shortlist for the 2013 People and Environment Awards for Business (PEABs) has been unveiled. Helen Tandy, financial adviser at Gaeia, and the Co-operative Group are among the nominees.

The winners will be announced on May 7 at an event in London that will seek to showcase green initiatives thriving across UK businesses. Leo Johnson, chair of the awards and son of environmentalist Stanley, described the shortlist as “truly inspiring”.

Nominees include Helen Tandy from Gaeia, a Manchester-based ethical investment advisory firm that celebrated its 20th anniversary in February. Tandy, who was interviewed by Blue & Green Tomorrow in February 2012, has been shortlisted in the banking and finance category.

Gaeia featured in The Guide to Ethical Financial Advice 2013 earlier this month.

Meanwhile, the Co-operative is in the running for the building and construction award, as well as the retail award. The group recently launched its two-year ethical plan, in which it announced it had reduced its carbon dioxide emissions by 43% since 2006, saving the company £65m annually.

Clothing firm Patagonia is also shortlisted for two awards, in the corporate social responsibility and supply chain categories. This follows its inclusion in a list of the world’s most ethical companies in April.

A full rundown of the final shortlist can be found below.

Banking and finance

Kickstarter UK

Indiegogo UK

Helen Tandy, Gaeia

Building and construction

Marks & Spencer


Green Mountain

Chief executive officer of the year – sponsored by Good Energy

Kate Craig Wood, Memset

Paul Buzby, Viezu

Community interest company

Howard Carter, Incognito

Steve Gannon, Socialalertme CIC

Tim Barford, Veg Fest

Corporate social responsibility – sponsored by John Lewis Partnership

Ali Sheikh, Barr Construction


Food and drink

Patrick Tolhurst, Well Seasoned Ltd

Diagio Scottish Distillery

Green Shoots Enterprise

Marie Jones, The Office Your Office Ltd

Ry Morgan, Please Cycle

Danny Neville, Universal Web Design

Marketing and public relations – sponsored by GREEN magazine

Jonathan Petty, Patagonia marketing team

Stephen Scown Solicitors



Tony Callaghan, Hotbin


Kirt Williams, Junky Styling

Social Enterprise – sponsored by National Enterprise Network

Karen Lynch – Belu


Lisa Wilson, Eventful Bread

Supply Chain – sponsored by Rewarding Recycling




Adam Fox Edwards, Arundel Arms

Matthias Leisinger, Kuoni Team

Transport – sponsored by Energy Saving Trust

Cedric Martindale CPK Railways Team

Ry Morgan, Please Cycle

Paul Buzby, Viezu

Tickets for the event are available through the PEABs website.

Further reading:

Unilever report maps how sustainability has contributed to its growth

Seven UK firms make it onto World’s Most Ethical Companies list

Firms recognised for sustainability leadership by prestigious award

Gaeia celebrates 20 years at the forefront of ethical investment advice

The Guide to Corporate Social Responsibility 2013


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