Last night, Liberation won the Global Impact category of the Blue Patch Sustainability Awards.
The winners were announced at an event in London held at the Artworkers Guild. Representatives from 34 sustainable businesses gathered to celebrate the achievements in nine categories such as the new business award, the circular economy award and the female business leader award.
Liberation was crowned the winner as our business was considered truly global. The judges were impressed with our dedication to environmentally friendly farming, our support for cooperatives when crises arise, and the financial stability offered to farming communities. Our Fairtrade Premium payments have been used to: provide access to clean drinking water, build hospitals, invest in farming tools and empower women.
The businesses on the shortlist all have a social or environmental mission. The creativity and innovation for solving problems is fantastic and Liberation is honoured to be listed among organisations like Miss Macaroon, That’s Caffeine and NEMI Teas.
The awards were judged by an esteemed panel. Phillipa Smith, Editor of Vegan Life, Carolyn Burnett, Director of Corporate Development at Japan House and Seán Dagan Wood, Publisher of Positive News were all on the 2019 panel.
Alice and Anna, from In the Right Light who judged the Global Impact category said, “This is true social enterprise on many levels. We love that the farmer owned element is 49%, and also the use of innovative and environmental processes and transport.”
Liberation’s Communications Manager, Liz Foggitt, said “We’re thrilled to have won. We’re a small team, but we’re very proud of our impact. It’s a real boost for us and we hope this will help us on our mission to increase our impact.”