Emerald Knight Partners with the 6th INTERNATIONAL GREEN AWARDS™

The INTERNATIONAL GREEN AWARDS™, a global programme which recognises inspiring and innovative approaches to sustainability, is pleased to announce a partnership with Emerald Knight Consultants Ltd, a specialist in socially responsible investments to promote sustainable investments .

Great ideas, organisations and people deserve recognition. Recognition inspires change. It motivates and rewards people. It propagates and fertilizes new thinking. Which is why, in a bid to recognise sustainability wherever it occurs, the INTERNATIONAL GREEN AWARDS™ search the globe every year to find true influencers, leaders, entrepreneurs and innovators. To discover and showcase the genuine game-changers in a way that will educate and inspire others.

The world of investments has changed almost beyond recognition over the past two years. The emergence of ethical and socially responsible investments (SRI) as a mainstream investment class demonstrates that fact perfectly and also demonstrates why Emerald Knight’s involvement in the Green Awards 2011 makes perfect sense.

Gone are the days when certain asset classes could be relied upon to deliver a return in virtually any circumstances. At the same time, investment opportunities and investor types which were previously seen as peripheral are now being brought to the fore as a new dawn of investment begins. One of the most significant of these is the emergence of SRI. Previously seen as something of a sideline offered as a way to ‘tick the box’ in a range of investments, investors are now demanding to know the ethical credential of the products they are using, which in turn is putting pressure on investment companies to come up with better and wider ethical and socially responsible options for their clients.

These products can be defined as anything from a bank account which promises not to use investor funds in order to invest in certain classes of product at a corporate level, to clients buying directly into projects which have a proven ethical, environmental or socially responsible element.

“One of the most significant developments we have seen in the past 12 months is the growth of so-called ‘ordinary’ investors who are attracted to socially-responsible products,” says Robert Hague, Sales Director at specialist SRI provider Emerald Knight. “People who may previously have invested in property or dabbled in the stock markets are looking for something different, and increasingly find that SRI fits their requirements from both an investment and an ethical point of view.

“This is why the INTERNATIONAL  GREEN  AWARDS fits perfectly with our company. When researching our investment projects we are constantly seeking the very best in the SRI field, in exactly the same way the INTERNATIONAL GREEN  AWARDS celebrates the most impressive and innovative progress in corporate social responsibility, sustainable development and best practice.”

Accredited by the Royal Society of Arts’ Environmental Awards Accreditation Scheme, the awards programme is now in its sixth year. The Awards enlighten the world through showcasing the best in class examples of creativity in business, citizen and government initiatives leading to sustainable outcomes globally.

“In a finite world, the only way that humanity can sustain economic and social development is through innovation – finding ways to meet our needs at lower cost to the environment. The INTERNATIONAL GREEN AWARDS 2011 are a welcome recognition of the diverse forms of innovation required to create genuinely green economics.”, commented Jacqueline McGlade, Executive Director, European Environment Agency.

Stand up and be recognised and make a real difference to your sustainability journey. For more details visit www.greenawards.com

Editor’s notes:
INTERNATIONAL GREEN AWARDS™


We inspire innovation for sustainability by recognising people and organisations whose ideas are creating positive change.

International Green Awards 2010 brought together more than 500 leaders from all sizes of companies, each with a similar goal— to learn how companies are adapting and innovating for sustainability. Take your place in history now!

Example Judges
Sir Crispin Tickell, Former President Royal Geographical Society. UK

David de Rothschild, Environmentalist & Explorer & ‘Plastiki’ Expedition Leader

Richard Reynolds, Manager, Supply Chain, Masdar City

Ahmed Djoghlaf, Executive Secretary of the Convention on Biological Diversity under the United Nations Environment Programme(UNEP).

Professor Jacqueline McGlade, Executive Director, European Environment Agency

Jane Davidson, Minister of the Environment, Welsh Assembly

Michelle Laug, Communications Officer, Green Cross International

Liu Jianqiang, Editor, China Dialogue

Marina Silva, Environmental Activist and Politician

Tim Smit, Founder, The Eden Project

Brendan May, UK Chairman, Rainforest Alliance

Aniol Esteban, Head of Environmental Economics, New Economics Foundation

Peter Paul van de Wijs, Managing Director, World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD)

Malini Mehra FRSA, Centre For Social Markets

Prof. Dr. Claudia Kemfert, Head of the Department, Institute of Economic Research

Bonnie Nixon, Executive Director, Sustainability Consortium, USA

Baroness Barbara Young, Chancellor of Cranfield University.

Vicki Buck, Entrepreneur and former Mayor of Christchurch

Lance Hosey, President & CEO, GREEN BLUE

Professor Malcolm McIntosh, Asia Pacific Centre for Sustainable Enterprise,Griffith University, Queensland

Julia Marton-Lefevre, Director General, IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature)

2011 Categories


Best International Green Awards Celebrity

Best Green International Business Award (Large/Multi-national)

Best Green International Business Award (Medium)

Best Green Entrepreneur Award (Start-up)

Best Sustainable Investment Award ( BRONZE Partner Emerald Knight)

Best Green Energy Efficiency Initiative Award

Best Green 4R’s Award (Reduction, Reuse, Recycling, Recovery)

Best Green New Product Innovation

Best Green Service Innovation Award

Best Green Conservation and Biodiversity Award

Best Green Water Stewardship Award

Best Green Collaborative Initiative Award

Best Green Technology Award (BRONZE Partner Danwood)

Best Green Intelligent Buildings Award

Best Green Public Sector Award

Best Green Educational Awareness and Sustainability Award

Best Green Not for Profit Organisation Award

Best Green Employee Engagement Award

Best Green Cross Platform Digital Media Solution Award

Best Green Advertising & PR Award

Best Green Audio-Visual Award

International Green Awards Grand Prix

Lifetime Achievement Award

For press enquiries contact The International Green Team
00 44 (0) 207 939 3958

EMERALD KNIGHT CONSULTANTS LTD


Emerald Knight Ltd is a Gibraltar and UK-registered company that was created to give retail and institutional investors the opportunity to be involved in projects that are sustainable, ethical and give high returns that are not normally offered to clients of high street banks or life companies.

As Emerald Knight’s directors come from an IFA (independent financial adviser) background, they can identify the ‘best opportunities’ in their sector and select only projects which meet the strict criteria that can benefit clients’ portfolios, giving investors an annual income stream and capital appreciation on the money they have invested. All projects are SIPP (self invested pension plan) approved.

Rigorous due diligence is carried out on all recommended investment projects. This includes extensive research and analysis, market comparisons and onsite inspections, and ensures all projects presented to investors have undergone a robust selection process.
Emerald Knight is uniquely positioned to take advantage of global economic trends and due to our total independence (we are not tied to any particular investment group or country) we are 100% transparent.

Media Contact:
Rob Hague

Portfolio Manager

r.hague@emeraldknightconsultants.com

www.emeraldknightconsultants.com

Tel: +44 (0) 207 122 0241 / +44 (0) 845 0773111

Fax: +44 (0) 845 0773222

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