The scale of the task ahead is both unprecedented and daunting. It requires change so great that it’s hard to 85know what it will look like. And while many of us try our best to reduce our carbon footprint, it can seem like a losing battle.

‘But it isn’t. Because change starts with us.’

Neil Armstrong, owner, chairman and chief executive of leading support services supplier Fastflow Group, main sponsor of the 2016 Awards

The tve Global Sustainability Film Awards 2017 will launch on Thursday 20 April, when you will be able to enter your films. The winners will be announced at BAFTA on Monday 27 November. For more information, contact Rollo Gordon at rollo.gordon@tve.org.uk

For the fifth year running, in 2016 the tve Global Sustainability Film Awards put the spotlight on companies at the forefront of environmental and social change.

In BAFTA’s Princess Anne Theatre in London’s Piccadilly, the winning films described as creative, deeply moving and inspiring – were announced to the 200 strong audience and globally via social media. 

‘Change starts with us,’ Neil Armstrong, owner, chairman and chief executive, Fastflow Group told the audience. At a time when the world faces an enormous choice about whether to pursue economic policies which will tip us into irreversible global warming, companies showed that sustainability goes hand in hand with business success.

Keynote speaker Nick Nuttall, director of communications and spokesperson for the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change said that the companies’ achievements in sustainability were especially important because they show the way forward in a world on the environmental brink. ‘We must move with urgency from promises to practicality,’ he said.

The winners are:

Transforming Society award in partnership with the China International Culture Stock Exchange

Grace Bian, CICSE, Nigel Corbett, Sumit Kumar, Essilor

Winner: Essilor International for ‘Eye Mitra: Friends of the Eyes’

Highly commended: Youth Career initiative for ‘Giving Hope to Survivors of Human Trafficking’

Reshaping the Economy award

Cheryl Campbell, tve, Mattia Gesiot, JDE Coffee



Winner: FREITAG lab. Ag for ‘The Road to F-ABRIC’

Highly commended: Jacobs Douwe Egberts for ‘Kenco’s Coffee vs Gangs’

Protecting the Environment award

Winner: HSBC/WWF-UK for ‘How Improving Farms Helps Protect the Mara River’

Highly commended: L’Oreal for ‘The L’Oreal Approach to Ensure the Full Traceability of Palm Oil and its Derivatives’

Camilla Toulmin, tve chair, Holly Mckinlay, WWF UK, Sue Alexander, HSBC

Net Positive Leadership award in partnership with Eco-Age

Electrolux for ‘For the Better’

Free@Last TV special mention Award

April Doubleday for ‘Fairtrade Gold Mining in Colombia’

Lucy Siegal, The Gurdian, Rebecca Unsworth and Emma Mcsweeny, Electrolux


A huge thank you to tve trustee Mei Sim Lai OBE DL for taking on the Presidency of the 2016 Awards.

The chair of the tve Board of trustees, Camilla Toulmin, and former chair of the Awards, Oliver Rothschild, welcomed guests to a three-course Gala Dinner in the David Lean Room. They were entertained by the Feste Trio and the award winning Four Femmes on the Thames and had the chance to participate in one of tve’s hugely successful silent auctions.

Barry Ryan, Free@Last TV, April Doubleday and Jon Doubleday

Thanks to media partners Free@Last TV and the University of Westminster, the Awards ceremony will reach television audiences throughout 2017.

Thanks to BAFTA, all our sponsors, entrants, volunteers, guests, short-listers, judges, auction and raffle donors and media partners for making it such a hugely successful event.


Camilla Toulmin, tve chair


Increasing numbers of companies see how urgent it is to align profit-making with securing fundamental planetary assets – water, soils, forests and oceans. It’s this corporate approach that can help save our planet.’

Camilla Toulmin, chair of tve

Oliver Rothschild

‘tve and all related organisations’ colleagues and supporters are better aided to promote and transmit a clearer understanding of what sustainability is all about and how immense a subject it is, as well as increasing the message’s reach to as large an audience as possible.’

Oliver Rothschild, previous Awards chair



tve’s mission to inspire change

tve works with filmmakers and partners worldwide to make and distribute films that put the environment and sustainability on the global agenda. From aspiring filmmakers documenting stories about the environment to major corporations showcasing innovation, we help to give a voice and a platform to a new generation of filmmakers who want to see a greener and fairer world.

The tve Global Sustainability Film Awards encourage companies large and small to showcase through their own films, pioneering innovations and their impact on the world, their workforce, their communities and the environment. Fees from film entrants help support tve‘s work to inspire change worldwide through film.