Be The Change Awards

Be The Change, Tell The Story

Recognising your world-changing impact…

The Be The Change Awards are an up and coming new initiative for the social impact sector, recognising ethical & sustainable brands with a powerful impact story to tell.

Around the world independent, ethical & sustainable brands are having a positive impact on communities, people and the planet. We want to recognise, celebrate and raise the profile of those brands who are working towards the Sustainable Development Goals and creating positive impact in inspiring and world-changing ways.
The first ever Be The Change Awards in 2019 will bring together ethical & sustainable brands across 12 sectors from fashion to business services, who have a powerful impact story to tell.
Entries for 2019 are now closed.


We’re looking for businesses, organisations and individuals with a powerful impact story to tell. We want to hear how you’re working towards the Sustainable Development Goals and creating a better world, and we want to feel inspired.

Like any great story, we want to hear where you’ve come from, what obstacles you’ve faced, what motivates you to keep going and what your biggest achievements have been. We’d also love to hear your vision for the world and the big goals you’re working on. We’re looking for the type of impact story that brings goosebumps to your arms!

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We are looking for the most inspiring, impact-driven brands across a range of sectors. The awards will be divided into the following categories:

We are looking for brands, organisations and individuals with a powerful impact story to tell. They should have a big vision for the world and a clear plan of action to create the change they wish to see.

We want to hear your story and see you tell it, so we’re asking all entrants to make a short video (max. 3 minutes) which tells their impact story. This could be you talking directly to camera, footage of you at work, a selection of still images with a voiceover or another creative way of telling your story – it’s up to you! We’re not expecting Hollywood film crews – a short video captured on a mobile phone is just fine – it’s the story that matters.

Winning entries will inspire and move us. We want to see ambitious visions alongside practical plans to make them happen. We want to hear about the people you’re helping, the impact you’re making and the change you are hoping to create in the world. Tell us about where you’ve come from and where you’re hoping to go, and most of all, show us how you’re aspiring to Be The Change!

Entries for 2019 are now closed

Meet the Judges

Sian Conway
Ethical Hour
Founder of Awards and Judge

Jo Salter
Where Does It Come From?
Founder of Awards and Judge


Roberta Lee
Roberta Style Lee
Fashion Judge

Holly Daffurn
Natural Mumma Magazine
Babies & Children Judge

Sabine Harnau
From Scratch
Business Services Judge

Andrea Nicholas
Green Tourism
Travel Judge

David Wyatt
Food & Drink Judge

Ben Orchard
Food & Drink Judge

Katie Jones
Food Heroes Podcast
Food & Drink Judge

Jessica Lohmann
Ethical Brand Marketing
Brands That Give Back Judge

Sophie Short
Social Enterprise Mark CIC
Community Organisations & Campaigns Judge

Anj Handa
Inspiring Women Changemakers
Changemaker of the Year Judge

Paul Dunn
Brands That Give Back Judge

Ruth Strange
Ethical Consumer
Community Organisations & Campaigns Judge

Annie Moon
Be The Difference VA
Changemaker of the Year Judge

Sophie Hobson
School For Social Entrepreneurs
Brands That Give Back Judge

Karen Leigh Anderson
Cambridge Social Ventures
Tech For Change Judge

Stuart Mitchell
Ethical Marketing News
Business Services Judge

Ben Gleisner
Tech For Change Judge

Arianna De Biasi
Dress Ecode
Fashion Judge

Vicky Stevens
Make Hay & Green Hosting
Business Services Judge

Raquel Wallace
Ethical Market
Home & Gift Judge

Heather Poore
Tech For Change Judge

2019 Finalists

Just Trade UK
Ted & Bessie
From Belo

Babies and Children
Nurture Collective
Love HeartWood
Suffolk Babies
Plastic Free Party Bags
Happy Pineapple

Magical Tree
White Rabbit Skincare

Brands that give back
Gardens of the Sun
PALA Eyewear
Critically Endangered Socks
Lost in Samsara

Business Services
Social Enterprise Acumen CIC
Offset Warehouse
Make an Impact CIC
EQ Investors
Evergreen Insurance Services

Changemaker of the year
Steve Pipe
Zero Waste Week
Turtle Tribe
Linda Thomas
The Little Fair Trade Shop Ltd

Community Organisations and campaigns
The Crop Club
If Everyone Cares CIC
Street factory CIC
World’s Biggest Garage Sale
The Real Junk Food Project

Zola Amour
Y.O.U Underwear

Food and Drink
Pop Cycle

Home and Gift
Atlas and Ortus
Authentic House
Vida natural – Toockies
Arya Candles
House of Kind

Tech For Good
Planet Pod podcasts by Achill Sounds
Ecoed Life
Tech Dump

Ethical Holiday
One World Women CIC
Earth Changers

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.”
– Margaret Mead


  • 1st November 2018 – Awards open for entries
  • 4th February 2019 – Deadline to enter
  • Week Commencing 2nd March 2019 – Shortlist announced
  • Friday 26th April 2019 – Winners announced and awards presented at our celebration and networking event in London (also open to the public – tickets available here)

Entries for 2019 are now closed

sponsorship opportunities

Organised by ethical marketing consultancy Ethical Hour and ethical clothing brand Where Does It Come From?, the awards will have an online reach of over 50,000+ people and will recognise the inspiring talent across the ethical sector. We are now looking for like-minded partners to sponsor the awards, help us make this happen and benefit from the publicity package available.

We are looking for likeminded partners to sponsor the award categories and elements of the awards ceremony to help us recognise the amazing work being done in these sectors and further develop the ethical market. Sponsorship would be perfect for ethical B2B or B2C brands interested in getting their business in front of the ethical consumers and business owners.

Sponsorship includes:

  • Your logo, 100 word profile and website link on the awards page as an official sponsor of the awards
  • Listing you as exclusive sponsor of your category (if you choose a category package, subject to availability)
  • Your logo and profile in our PR pack going out to publications focused on the target market of the awards
  • Your logo on our pre-event email invites to 1,000 engaged subscribers (combined)
  • Pull up banner and flyers at the awards presentation*
  • Your logo printed on certificates given to all shortlisted entrants and winners
  • Social media shoutouts from Where Does It Come From? and #EthicalHour – collective reach of over 50,000+ followers

Sponsorship packages start from just £100. Please download the brochure to find out more or contact Sian:

With thanks to our sponsors:

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