Twin win at BusinessGreen Leaders Awards

ClientEarth has scooped two titles at London’s prestigious BusinessGreen Leaders Awards.

At a ceremony attended by around 500 ‘green’ champions last night,  ClientEarth was named ‘NGO of the Year’, while CEO James Thornton earned the coveted ‘Leader of the Year’ title.

Green Party leader Natalie Bennett presented the ‘NGO of the Year’ award, while longstanding UK politician and Committee on Climate Change chair Lord Deben was there to present the award for ‘Leader of the Year’ – with emphatic praise for James.

The awards, branded “more green than Al Gore’s solar panels” by BusinessGreen’s editor-in-chief James Murray, celebrated those “at the forefront of the green economy”. They were held at The Brewery in Central London.

In his opening speech, Murray noted: “If the current crisis is to be turned into an opportunity, it is businesses such as yours that will do the heavy lifting.”

Leader of the Year

ClientEarth CEO James Thornton,  who was also named BusinessGreen’s ‘Leader of the Year’ in 2014 said:  “I am truly honoured that BusinessGreen has recognised my efforts for a second time. I am still more delighted to see the work of all my colleagues at ClientEarth rewarded.

“My vision is of the law used vigorously to hold governments and big business to account. Only by doing so can we protect the environment now and for future generations. I am immensely proud to have gathered such a capable and committed team, who work resolutely to realise that vision.

“It is beginning to work. I count both these awards as testament to their tremendous ability.”

ClientEarth’s work “now more important than ever”

ClientEarth’s director of communications Tim Reid, who attended on the night, said:

“Being recognised in this way is a huge privilege for everyone working in our organisation. It was heartening to see switched-on, environment-focused organisations come together to celebrate each other’s achievements and we pay tribute to all those who took part.

“We’re delighted to have been named NGO of the Year. We face immense environmental challenges and in the UK those have only grown following the EU referendum. That’s why ClientEarth’s work to ensure that we have robust environmental laws – and that they are complied with – is now more important than ever.”

Amy Rose, ClientEarth’s head of strategic litigation, said:

“It was extremely encouraging to receive such enthusiastic support from our peers, and to know that  the environmental community is fully behind the legal work that we are engaged in at ClientEarth.”

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Tom Harrisson