BusinessGreen announces Wilderness Foundation UK is the charity partner for this year's BusinessGreen Leaders Awards
The charity provides a range of programmes that engage over 5,000 people each year with the UK's natural environment, with a particular focus on giving young people direct experience of the natural world.
The group was selected as a Royal Wedding charity last year and specialises in programmes that develop future sustainability leaders, build resilience in vulnerable teenagers with challenging lives and mental health issues, introduce rural employment to urban youth, and bring curriculum-based sciences to life in the outdoors.
Charitable donations raised at this year's BusinessGreen Leaders Awards will help the organisation ensure more young people can enjoy the many benefits that come from engaging with the natural environment.
Jo Roberts, CEO at the charity, said she was delighted to be partnering with BusinessGreen to showcase the important work the Wilderness Foundation undertakes. The partnership will also seek ti highlight how engagement with nature can aid the business community through skills development and improved resilience.
"The Wilderness Foundation recognises the urgent need to protect biodiversity and nature and, promotes physical and mental health through connecting to nature," said Roberts. "We manage a range of programmes that offer environmental education to over 4700 school children, helping them to develop an understanding and love of the outdoors and wildlife.
"We also work with a wide range of vulnerable young people and adults in nature based immersion programmes addressing significant mental health challenges and building resilience for positive futures, and help develop future leaders who understand sustainability and will promote the need for a healthy planet and healthy people into the future."
James Murray, editor-in-chief at BusinessGreen, said this year's BusinessGreen Leaders Awards were delighted to be partnering with an organisation that will help nurture some of the sustainability leaders of tomorrow.
"With the School Strikes having such a big impact it is clearer than ever that young people are engaged with environmental issues and have a critical role to play in the development of a truly sustainable economy," he said. "We're really pleased this year's awards will be able to support the crucial work The Wilderness Foundation is taking to ensure more and more young people can enjoy the opportunities the natural world offers."
The news comes a week ahead of the deadline for entries for this year's awards. Companies, sustainability executives, NGOs, and entrepreneurs are urged to submit their entries ahead of the March 15th deadline to be in with a chance to being shortlisted at the UK's largest and most prestigious green business awards.
This year's awards will take place on the evening of Wednesday June 26th at The Brewery venue in central London. The aim of the gala dinner and awards ceremony is, as ever, to shine a spotlight on the very best of the era-defining green economic transition and raise the profile of those businesses, projects, and individuals who embody the ambition required to drive the next phase of sustainble economic development.
The BusinessGreen Leaders Awards are free to enter to any business or organisation with a presence in the UK. However, in order to invest in hosting the awards the entry terms and conditions require all shortlisted firms to commit to attending the event. Entrants are advised to check they have the time and budget to attend the awards evening on June 26 before completing their submission.
Last year's awards saw around 600 senior executives from across the green economy come together to celebrate the sector's many achievements and hear keynote speeches from Energy and Clean Growth Minister Claire Perry and chair of the Environmental Audit Committee Mary Creagh.
This year's BusinessGreen Leaders Awards offers businesses, projects, and individuals the chance to enter a wide range of categories, including Renewable Energy Project of the Year, Small Business of the Year, Leader of the Year, and Company of the Year, as well as new categories such as Environmental, Social, and Governance Investor of the Year, and Waste-Tackling Project of the Year.
Entries will be considered by our independent panel of expert judges, which features high profile figures and experts from across the green economy.