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Established in 1995 to recognise extraordinary individuals or organisations that have made, or are making a significant contribution to improving our environment on a global level.

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Environmental action does not happen in a vacuum. It emerges as a result of people with vision and innovative thought. It requires long-term commitment. It needs people who are relentless in the pursuit of their goals, never allowing obstacles to dissuade them. It requires leadership to inspire others to see the possibilities and join to work towards a common goal.

The Banksia Environmental Foundation Board of Directors work tirelessly identifying the potential recipient of this prestigious award. Candidates are sought from around the world in all the various disciplines associated with the environment. A short list is compiled and each candidate is judged on how they have made an outstanding, long lasting and broad ranging contribution to sustainable development on an international level.

Consideration is given to the various challenges they face and how they have dealt with them. Most importantly they are evaluated on their ability to engage others, create awareness, form partnerships, protect our environment and promote sustainable development.

They must also demonstrate commitment to environmental excellence and sustainability, be an inspiration for others and provide an example which will be or has been of international significance.

2013 International Award Winner

Jochen Zeitz

Current Positions

  • Director of (PPR) Kering and Chairman of the board's Sustainable Development Committee
  • A member of the Board of Directors of Harley-Davidson since 2007 and Chairs Harley-Davidson's sustainability committee
  • Founder of The Zeitz Foundation
  • Co-founder and co-chair with Sir Richard Branson of The B Team
  • Board member of Wilderness Safaris and Chair of the Sustainability Committee
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  • Serves as a member of The Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity (TEEB) Advisory Board

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View Jochen's Keynote Address

 

Previous Positions

  • CEO of the Sport & Lifestyle division and Chief Sustainability Officer (CSO) of Kering (PPR) since 2010
  • Served 18 years as Chairman and CEO at Puma

Among sustainability watchers, Zeitz has won recognition for his commitment to develop an environmental profit and loss (EP&L) statement.

By estimating a dollar figure on the value of its use of ecosystem services such as any resource provided by nature, from clean water, to crop production, wildlife habitat, storm surge protection and so on, PUMA and PPR has expanded on the precedent set by carbon footprinting efforts and other self-assessment techniques. The tool can identify where in its supply chain these costs are highest, and help develop responses to address these hot spots. This will be the first time that a global group of companies has undertaken such an analysis.

Zeitz oversaw the introduction of a Puma Sustainability Index called "S-Index" which serves as a "production benchmark" and provide a "seal of assurance" to customers about the company's commitment to sustainable practices. What the "S-Index" means in practice is a pledge to increase the amount of sustainable materials (organic cotton and non-toxic substances) in their products to at least 50 percent by 2015. In 2011, he was instrumental in the launch of PPR Home a multi-tiered new sustainability initiative which included such initiatives as a creative sustainability lab to foster creativity, innovation and sustainability.

In 2008, headquartered in Kenya Zeitz founded the not-for-profit "Zeitz Foundation of Intercultural Ecosphere Safety". The goal of the Foundation is to maintain or improve the integrity of ecosystems through effective, sustainable management practices that ensure ecosystems continue to deliver services - such as clean water and air, carbon sequestration, and healthy soils - for the benefit of mankind.

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View Jochen's interview

In 2008, headquartered in Kenya Zeitz founded the not-for-profit "Zeitz Foundation of Intercultural Ecosphere Safety". The goal of the Foundation is to maintain or improve the integrity of ecosystems through effective, sustainable management practices that ensure ecosystems continue to deliver services - such as clean water and air, carbon sequestration, and healthy soils - for the benefit of mankind.

Dubbed by the New York Times as 'the fashion world's energetic activist', in October 2012, he co-founded The B Team with Sir Richard Branson to help transform the future of business. The B Team is a plan with a single purpose: to make business work better, by shifting the focus from just financial gains, towards environmental and social gains as well.

The Banksia International Awards is the highest accolade Australia confers for environmental achievement internationally .

Last Updated on Monday, 25 November 2013 15:11