About the Global 500
About the Global 500 Award:
The Global 500 Award was launched in 1987 by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) to recognize and honor environmental achievement. This award is a tribute to success on the front lines of environmental action. It honors individuals and organizations that combat environmental issues despite immense social, political and logistical obstacles. Prominent award winners include Jimmy Carter, Wangari Maathai, Jane Goodall and The World Wildlife Fund. The award recognized individuals of all ages and organizations of any size.
About the Global 500 Environmental Forum:
The formation of the Global 500 Environmental Forum at the 1992 Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro made it possible for laureates to support and communicate with one another on a continuing basis. Our website contains a searchable directory of over 600 laureates, while routinely providing updates regarding laureates’ activities and events. Initially funded by Alcoa Steel (1990 laureate), the Forum continues to be funded by Laurel Springs School (1990 laureate).
The Role of the Global 500 Environmental Forum:
- Promotes awareness among individuals and organizations by publicizing and supporting their outstanding achievements.
- Maintains a website and database and serves as a source of advice and informationon environmental issues and projects that stimulate broader community action.
- Serves as a forum for raising awareness of the pressing environmental issues facing our earth today.
- Supports the activities of UNEP through the agency of laureates around the world.