The Jakarta Post
Bali-based ethical jewelry company Gardens of the Sun has been nominated in the Be the Change Awards. (Gardens of the Sun/File)
Launched in 2019, the awards recognize inspiring ethical and sustainable businesses as well as individuals driving real ethical and sustainable change.
The brand is shortlisted in the Brands That Give Back category. Other categories include Fashion, Tech for Change and Community Organizations.
Founder Meri Geraldine combined her passion for making jewelry with her desire to save the environment and set up Gardens of the Sun in 2015. Meri included 10 Dayak women gold miners in Central Borneo who used traditional and environmentally friendly techniques.
“As a business that´s here to make an impact, being shortlisted for the Be the Change Awards is a fantastic recognition of the work we do. I feel humbled. The nomination for the award helps us tell the world that our work makes the difference,” said Meri.
Jo Salter, cofounder of the awards, said, “Only those that have given us and the other judges goosebumps for their passion and commitment to being a force for good have been shortlisted and we can´t wait to announce our winners. We are also urging the public to take the opportunity to be inspired, watch the video stories and vote for their top ethical and sustainable champion in the People´s Choice Award.”
The award offers small, independent and sustainable businesses that have gone unnoticed the chance to get their stories heard as well as attention and recognition.
Judges include a range of ethical and sustainable industry leaders, such as ethical stylist Roberta Lee, Natural Mumma magazine’s editor Holly Dafurn and Ethical Marketing News founder Stuart Mitchell.
“We launched the Be the Change Awards to find the next Patagonia or Stella McCartney – businesses and people with a powerful story that are inspiring others and making a real impact on communities, people and the planet,” said Sian Conway, cofounder of the awards.
The winners will be announced on April 26 at the Be the Change Awards ceremony in London. (sop/wng)