Be Considered for Luxury Brand CSR Award – Lifeworth CEO Judges Walpole Awards

Attention all British Luxury brands, or fans of them: Be considered for Walpole’s Luxury Brand CSR award 2010.

Deadline July 16th.

Walpole is a not for profit organisation that furthers the interests of the British Luxury industry. Its membership comprises of over 130 of Britain’s most prestigious companies, including Asprey, Alfred Dunhill, Daks, Gleneagles, Jimmy Choo, Wedgwood, Burberry and cultural bodies such as the Sadler’s Wells, Somerset House, BAFTA and Victoria & Albert Museum.

Each year Walpole holds an award ceremony in London to celebrate the best of British luxury and culture. Luxury organisations from within the UK and internationally, put forth their nominations to win awards for various categories including; Best British Luxury Brand, Best Luxury Brand Online, International Luxury Brand, Best Luxury Brand Overseas, British Luxury Design Talent, Corporate Social Responsibility, Luxury Craftsmanship and more.
Through the awards Walpole aims to recognize and celebrate the most deserving businesses and individuals, who have achieved the pinnacle of excellence in their respective areas, and who have set a standard for business and industry within the UK. The awards truly bring together the most talented British luxury brands and most experienced British entrepreneurs and luxury industry figures. The 2009 judging panel included the likes of Stephen Fry, Lucy Yeomans, Dylan Jones, Anne Pitcher of Selfridges, Lucia van der Post, Gillian de Bono of How to Spend It, Brent Hoberman, and Richard Lambert of CBI.

Lifeworth’s CEO, Dr Jem Bendell, is a judge for the the Corporate Social Responsibility award. If you would like to be considered for an award, or propose another brand for consideration, please email one page on your case to jb@lifeworth.com and Kirstee.wilson@thewalpole.co.uk by July 16th 2010.

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Walpole’s remit covers promotion of the luxury industry, the development and fostering of a community for the exchange of best practice ideas, shared experience and joint opportunities, to facilitate business development within the UK and internationally, representing members in Westminster and Brussels, to combine resources to improve issues such as IP and legislation affecting the industry alongside European counterparts, a developer of thought leadership for the industry and to promote and develop emerging brands and nurture the smaller crafts industries. The Walpole Awards this year will take place on Monday 15th November at the Banqueting House in Whitehall.

See www.thewalpole.co.uk for more information.

More on Luxury CSR Award Judge, Dr Jem Bendell

Associate Professor Jem Bendell is an advisor, educator, researcher and writer with fifteen years at the forefront of innovations in business responses to sustainable development.

With a PhD in international policy, over 100 publications (including four books and four United Nations reports), Dr Bendell is an award-winning international authority on business-society relations, lecturing in fifteen countries, and quoted in media such as The Financial Times, International Herald Tribune, El Pais, Tatler and on CNBC.

Since graduating from the University of Cambridge, Bendell has sought collaboration with people who seek to contribute to, and benefit from, the transformation of markets to promote global well-being.

Director of Lifeworth Consulting, coordinating a team of sixteen associates, Dr Bendell works with UN agencies, international charities, universities and luxury businesses, in over a dozen countries, having lived and worked in eight. He has helped create innovative initiatives, including: the Marine Stewardship Council, to endorse sustainable fisheries, The Financial Innovation Lab, to promote sustainable finance, founded and runs CSR Geneva, a network of over 700 professionals in Geneva, and the Authentic Luxury Network, for professionals promoting responsible luxury goods and services.

As an academic, Dr Bendell has lectured at business and design schools around the world, worked with the Dean of a business school in Australia to make it a leading sustainability school in the Asia Pacific, and been an academic convenor for three international conferences on this subject (in the UK, Switzerland and Australia).

Bendell’s current focus is the potential of luxury brands, international finance, management education and inter-organisational collaboration, to promote a movement towards global well-being. His “Deeper Luxury” report for WWF, on the responsibility of luxury brands, appeared in over 50 newspapers and magazines worldwide in the month of its release and continues to appear in fashion and business press today. Bendell’s fourth book, The Corporate Responsibility Movement, was published in 2009.

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