Ethical Enterprise Award 2017

Ethical Enterprise Award Winners
YGAP EEA 2017 winner

Monsta Surf

Monsta Surf – FINALIST

Monsta Surf is one of Australia’s fastest growing lifestyle fashion brands. The Monsta Foundation is dedicated to removing the chains that hold people back from living a free & passionate life.


NutriSoil – 2ND PRIZE

NutriSoil Liquid Biological Fertiliser is a vermiculture (worm-derived) product used to enhance natural farming practices. The core purpose of the business is to empower farmers to produce life-enriching food.



YGAP is an International Development not-for-profit with an innovative approach to poverty alleviation. We back impact entrepreneurs with solutions to local problems in some of the world’s toughest communities.

Creativity Australia

Creativity Australia – FINALIST

Creativity Australia is building a happier, healthier, more inclusive nation. We bridge the gap between people experiencing disadvantage and those more fortunate through the neuro-scientific benefits of community singing. We build supportive networks that help people connect to brighter futures.
Creativity Australia’s With One Voice program runs a network of community choirs in Victoria, New South Wales and Queensland. The choirs unite people aged 9 to 90, from all faiths and all walks of life: migrants, people with disabilities, job seekers, executives, seniors, students, refugees, asylum seekers and more. Together, we can change the world… one voice at a time.
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Recipie4Change – 3RD PRIZE

Recipe4Change is an award winning NFP that feeds empty bellies of Knox families experiencing tough times. We do this by providing an inclusive environment for people of all abilities to learn and cook wholesome meals cooked from surplus fresh produce.

Elkie and Ark

Elkie & Ark – FINALIST

Elkie & Ark is the new Aussie homewares company redefining luxury by creating the most coveted homewares products in the most ethical, sustainable ways, from farm to finish.
GOTS Organic, Fairtrade cotton sheet sets and quilt sets, and 100% Australian wool throws. Arriving soon; GOTS Organic linen quilt sets, sheet sets, dressing gowns and shorts.
Photo used with permission by Fairtrade International, photo by Didier Gentilhomme.

The Ethical Enterprise Award is Now Closed.

The Ethical Enterprise Award 2017 recognises the most inspirational ethical enterprise in Australia – a business or organisation that has achieved the most positive social and economic impact in a local or overseas community through their innovative and ethical trade practices.

Winners will be announced on the evening of the 16th of October 2017 at the Ethical Enterprise Award Dinner.

  • Are you an ethical enterprise that is over 18 months old?
  • Does your enterprise improve the social, economic and environmental conditions of an overseas or local community?
If you ticked both of the above, we would like to hear from you!

Are you a start up Ethical Enterprise? Check out the Early Ethical Enterprise Entrepreneur Pitch Competition 2017

Benefits to Finalists for the Award?

1 Gain recognition for your contribution to this developing sector.

2 Have access to fantastic networking opportunities.

3 Gain publicity and media exposure to promote your business or enterprise.

4 Be provided with development and promotional opportunities.

5 Gain a marketing edge and recognition through the use of the official EEA logo on all your marketing collateral.

6 Receive complimentary exhibitor space at Australia’s largest fair trade and ethical festival, Fair@Square held in December 2017.

7 All finalists will receive 2 free tickets to the Ethical Enterprise Award Dinner in Melbourne.

8 All finalists will receive 2 free tickets to the Ethical Enterprise Conference in Melbourne.

9 Receive amazing prizes:

•  Winner will receive a fantastic cash prize of $10,000 courtesy of Australian Ethical.
•  2nd Prize winner will receive a cash prize of $7,000 courtesy of Lush Australia.
•  3rd Prize winner will receive a ticket to the Trusted Negotiator Bootcamp ($2,497 +GST), PLUS 6 one-on-one Coaching Sessions (RRP $3,497 + GST) to help them unlock value and build trust with their key stakeholders (suppliers, clients, partners etc). Total Value $6,000.

Ethical Enterprise Award 2017

Applications closed on the 1st of September

Ethical Enterprise Conference 2017

Centre for Sustainability Leadership

Offer for all finalists

The Centre for Sustainability Leadership is thrilled to offer all finalists of the Ethical Enterprise Award and pitch a $500 discount to our 8-month Future Makers Fellowship (Melbourne or Sydney). Drawing on innovative, experiential pedagogy and design principles, the fellowship equips participants with the tools to grow their personal and professional leadership capacity. Visit our website to find out more.
*Please note that applicants have to follow the official CSL application process and be admitted to the program in order to redeem the discount.

Winners & Finalists of the Ethical Enterprise Award 2016

Pollinate Energy

Pollinate Energy – 1ST PRIZE WINNER

Pollinate Energy is an Australian enterprise founded in 2012 with a mission to bring solar light to people living in India’s slums. Today, it has a viable and scalable business model, demonstrable impact, and exciting plans to scale its impact across 20 cities.

Tjanpi Desert Weavers

Tjanpi Desert Weavers – 2ND PRIZE WINNER

Tjanpi Desert Weavers is an Indigenous social enterprise of the Ngaanyatjarra Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara Women’s Council (NPYWC). NPYWC members created Tjanpi (meaning, ‘locally harvested grasses’) to enable women on the lands to earn a regular income from selling their fibre art. More than 400 Aboriginal women artists from 26 remote communities in the western and central deserts of Australia come together on country to create beautiful, intricate and whimsical fibre art.

ASRC Catering


ASRC Catering exists to help people seeking asylum get a fair go by providing them critical paid employment and training. The ASRC believes in the potential, extraordinary resilience and courage of people seeking asylum. The ASRC believes in hope.

Ethical Enterprise Award Process and Eligibility Criteria

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Before applying

Download this pdf for the EEA Application Process 2017 before you proceed to applying for the award.

EEA Application Process 2017 PDF

Award applications are now closed

Applications open on the 1st July 2017 and close on the 1st September 2017

Judging and selection process

  • The judging panel will include representatives from Moral Fairground, Australian Ethical Investment, Lush Australia and The Trusted Negotiator.
  • After your application is received, you will be sent a confirmation email that outlines the judging and selection process so that you know what to expect.
  • All applications are then considered and a number of applications will be shortlisted. All applicants will be sent an email advising them on whether or not their application has been successful in being shortlisted for the Ethical Enterprise Award.
  • Finally, the judging panel will assess the shortlisted applicants and choose the winner of the Ethical Enterprise Award. If your enterprise is shortlisted, your representatives will be invited to attend the presentation ceremony where the winner of the Ethical Enterprise Award will be announced.

Announcing the Winner!

The winning enterprise will be:

  • Announced at a ceremony on the 16th of October 2017 in Melbourne.
  • Promoted on our Moral Fairground Website.
  • Published in Moral Fairground’s Fair News e-newsletter in December 2017.
  • Promoted on the Australian Ethical Investment Website.
  • Announced to public via media release.

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Meet your judging panel

Victoria Plaksin

Judge & EEC Speaker

As co-founder and managing director of The Trusted Negotiator, Victoria leads a team that boasts more than 200 years of combined experience in high stakes negotiations. Their purpose is to take you on a journey to become confident and fully equipped to deliver tangible business value, enhance trust in your stakeholder relationships and position your reputation as a Trusted Negotiator.

Victoria has played key leadership roles in a number of start-ups and scale-ups, where she leveraged her leadership, strategy, sales and negotiation competencies to enter and thrive in competitive global markets.

Victoria also has over 13 years’ experience in designing and facilitating training, coaching and development programs that go beyond theory, drive behavioral change and tangible business results. She is particularly passionate about exploring the impact of mindset, Emotional & Spiritual Intelligence on negotiation process & outcomes, and trust in relationships.

Her diverse experience, colorful storytelling and sheer passion make her a highly impactful and engaging speaker and facilitator.

Victoria is an active ambassador for women in leadership and negotiations and was recently involved in shaping the first ever Victorian State Government Strategy for Gender Equality. She is an Advisory Board Member at Lorraine Lea, a Fellow at the Australian Institute of Management (AIM) and Board Director of Conscious Capitalism of Australia & New Zealand (CCANZ).

Speaker at the Ethical Enterprise Conference 2017

Phil Vernon

Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer

Australian Ethical is Australia’s leading ethical superannuation fund and investment manager with over $2.2bn in funds under management.

Phil has over 30 years’ experience in financial services. He is also a Director of the Responsible Investment Association of Australasia, the Investor Group for Climate Change and the Planet Ark Environmental Foundation, and Chairman of the climate change research organisation Beyond Zero Emissions.

Australian Ethical was launched in 1986 and is a publicly listed company that invests and operates its business according to its Ethical Charter. With one of the highest levels of corporate giving in Australia, 10% of its profits fund its Community Grants. It was the fastest growing super fund in 2016 for both assets under management and growth in members. It was the first super fund and investment manager, and the first ASX listed company to become a certified B Corp in Australia – and in 2015, 2016 and 2017 Australian Ethical was awarded one of the ‘Best for the World’ B Corps, ranking it in the top 10% of 1,300 B Corps globally.

Speaker at the Ethical Enterprise Conference 2017

Peta Granger


Peta first joined LUSH 16 years ago as a sales assistant in Dublin and later joined International Development traveling to over 35 countries helping build LUSH businesses globally. (more…)

Susanna Bevilacqua’s career spans over twenty years in the banking industry, most recently working with Bendigo Bank as the Community and Business Development Manager. (more…)



We would like to acknowledge the following for their contribution to the Early Ethical Entrepreneurs’ Pitch Competition and Ethical Enterprise Conference.

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