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Sustainable Market Initiative Announces Toyin Saraki as Panelist of 2023 Terra Carta Seal Award

The Sustainable Markets Initiative has announced the Founder- President of the Wellbeing Foundation Mrs Toyin Saraki as a member of the distinguished panellists who will evaluate and select the 2023 Terra Carta Seal Award winners.

Launched in 2021 at COP26 held in Glasgow by His Majesty King Charles III when he was Prince of Wales, the Terra Carta Seal recognizes global companies that are actively leading the charge to create a climate and Nature-positive future.

The Sustainable Markets Initiative in May 2023 announced its partnership with Verdantix, an independent research firm that acts as a thought leader for world-enhancing innovation.

Other members of the panel are Ankit Todi, Lead for Sustainability Strategy and Partnerships, Mahindra Group, Ellen Jackowski, Chef Sustainability Officer at Mastercard, Dr. Hubert Danso, CEO and Chairman, Africa Investor (Ai) Group.

Others are Chief Perry Bellegarde, former National Chief of the Assembly of First Nations (AFN), Pok Wei-Heng, Board Member, Multiethnic Leaders NZ and Strategic Council Member, Climate Catalyst, and Valérie Plante, Mayor of Montreal, Canada.


The panelists

The seven distinguished panelists from the environmental, business, political, and philanthropic worlds
will work with Verdantix to evaluate nominations and assess their alignment with the ten Terra Carta articles.

Based on agreed sustainability criteria, select companies are invited on an annual basis to apply for the Terra Carta Seal.

Once invited, companies will need to demonstrate the success of a high-impact, large-scale company-wide project, initiative, or strategy that aligns with one or more of the ten Terra Carta Articles.

Verdantix, leveraging its 15 years of experience in climate and sustainability research and analysis, will support the Terra Carta Seal evaluation process by assessing the eligibility and impact of each nominated project against existing recognized global sustainability criteria.

Jennifer Jordan-Saifi, Sustainable Markets Initiative CEO, said: “It is an honour to have such a global and diverse group of sustainability experts to be part of the 2023 Terra Carta Seal Awards. Building on our partnership with Verdantix, the Expert Review Panel will further ensure an objective and rigorous evaluation process, rooted in sustainability excellence, for all nominees.”

David Metcalfe, Verdantix CEO, said: “Empowering seven judges representing diverse organizations and countries to make the final decision on Terra Carta Seal recipients, embeds independence, expertise, and objectivity at the heart of our awards process.”

Applications for the 2023 Terra Carta Seal Award close Friday, 29 September.


By Dare Akogun

Dare Akogun

Dare Akogun is a dynamic media innovator, strategic communication professional, and seasoned climate and environmental sustainability journalist with over 10 years of influential contributions to the media industry.

He Currently serving as the Head of Digital Media, Senior News Editor, and a presenter at Sobi FM 101.9, a leading radio station in Ilorin, Nigeria.

Dare is on a mission to leverage his media innovation expertise and project management skills to produce high-quality, accurate, and engaging content, while advocating for reduced fossil fuel consumption, especially coal, to combat effect of global warming.

He has covered comprehensively environmental issues and COP conferences, including COP28 in Dubai last year , COP 27 in Egypt, and the United Nations Least Developed Countries conference in Doha, in 2023.

He is a recipient of fellowship to be part of a 15 team of journalists selected worldwide to cover the Berlin Energy Transition Dialogue 2024.

He has a Master's Degree in Mass Communication, from the University of Lagos, a Bachelor's Degree in Journalism from the Lagos State University and also a
Certification in Business Administration and Management, from the Babson College, Massachusetts, United States of America.

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