Five Inspirational Environmental Leaders Receive Champions Of The Earth Award


Five Inspirational Environmental Leaders Receive Champions of the Earth Award at Close of Sustainable Development Goals Summit

Prime Minister of Bangladesh, National Geographic Society, Unilever CEO, Brazilian Cosmetics Firm and South African Anti-Poaching Unit All Lauded

Five inspirational environmental leaders from the worlds of government, business, research and grassroots activism on Sunday received the UN’s highest environmental accolade, the Champions of the Earth Award, at a ceremony marking the close of the Sustainable Development Goals summit.

The annual prize is awarded to outstanding leaders from government, civil society and the private sector whose actions have had a positive impact on the environment.

This year’s awards, presided over by United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) Goodwill Ambassadors, actor Ian Somerhalder and model Gisele Bündchen, as well as actress Nikki Reed,were focused on supporting the newly adopted Sustainable Development Goals.

The awards do so by illustrating – through the examples of the laureates – that the transition to low-carbon, resource-efficient, inclusive and sustainable economic models is not just possible, but already in progress.

The full list of winners is as follows:


· H.E. Sheikh Hasina, Prime Minister of Bangladesh, for outstanding leadership on the frontline of climate change.


· National Geographic Society, for over a century of life-changing science, exploration and storytelling.


· Paul Polman, CEO of Unilever, for challenging business norms to show that sustainable, equitable and environmentally-conscious business is smart business.
· Natura (Brazilian Cosmetics Firm), for unparalleled commitment to trailblazing sustainable business models.