World Environment Center Appoints Three Global Sustainability Leaders to its Independent Gold Medal Jury

Oct 31, 2016 1:00 PM ET
Press Release

The World Environment Center (WEC) is pleased to welcome three new jurors to its Gold Medal Award Jury. The WEC Gold Medal Award for International Corporate Achievement in Sustainable Development, now in its 33rd year, is a prestigious global accolade that recognizes sustainability excellence in an international company. Companies must apply for the award as part of a global competition, which culminates in the Gold Medal jury’s rigorous selection process to select a recipient.

The new jurors, all sustainability leaders, are Dick Bartelse of the Netherlands, Alice Korngold of the United States, and Clarissa Lins of Brazil. Mr. Bartelse is the recently retired Director of Procurement at AkzoNobel, Ms. Korngold is a respected business author, entrepreneur and governance analyst, and Ms. Lins, an economist and management analyst, is the Founding Partner of Catavento, an international consultancy.

These sustainability leaders join the following current Gold Medal jurors: Katherine Sierra (Chair), Former VP Sustainable Development at the World Bank and non-resident Senior Fellow at Brookings; Leslie Carothers, former President of the Environmental Law Institute; Dick Poduska, former vice president and Director of Health, Safety and Environmental Affairs at Eastman Kodak; and Robert Slater, professor of environmental policy at Carleton University.

Stated Gold Medal Jury Chair Kathy Sierra, “We could not be more pleased that Dick, Alice and Clarissa have all agreed to serve on the Gold Medal Jury. All three individuals bring a wealth of strategic and senior-level experience to the Jury, and I am delighted to welcome them to this already esteemed group.”

The WEC Gold Medal Award is presented annually to a global company that has demonstrated successful integration of sustainability as a core part of its business practice, with commitment at all levels of the corporation; that has demonstrated its commitment to innovation to provide ground-breaking solutions in its industry to critical environmental and social challenges; and that has invested in global leadership to transform market conditions so as to accelerate progress toward a sustainable future. Recent winners include CH2M, SC Johnson, IBM, Unilever, Marks & Spencer and Coca-Cola.

Final applications for the 2017 Gold Medal cycle were due on October 28, 2016, whereupon the Jury will confer in December 2016 to select a finalist. The 2017 Gold Medal Colloquium and award ceremony will be held on Thursday, May 11, 2017 at the Newseum in Washington, D.C.

About WEC: The World Environment Center, headquartered in Washington, D.C., with offices and operations in emerging and developed markets, is unique in its direct application of sustainable development strategies and practices to the business operations of global companies. WEC creates sustainable business solutions through individual projects in emerging markets; convenes leadership roundtables to shape strategic thinking across a range of sustainability topics with a specific focus on the preparation of business leaders to implement sustainability; and honors industry excellence through its annual Gold Medal Award. An independent non-profit organization, WEC conducts no advocacy activities. For more information, please visit