Ethical Enterprise Award 2017

The Ethical Enterprise Award is Now Open.

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 $6000.

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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 open

Applications open on the 1st July 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

Victoria is the Co-Founder and Managing Director of The Trusted Negotiator, leading a team with over 200 years of combined experience in high stakes negotiations. (more…)

Phil is the Managing Director at Australian Ethical Investment. Phil has over 30 years of experience in financial services. He has been at the forefront of many developments in financial markets over that time and is passionate about (more…)

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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