The 2012 Gothenburg Award for Sustainable Development has been won this year by Mike Biddle, President and Founder of MBA Polymers. The award is seen as the equivalent of a Nobel Prize for the Environment.
Last year’s winner was former UN Secretary General, Kofi Annan and amongst the previous recipients were Al Gore and the former Prime Minister of Norway and Director General of the World Health Organization, Gro Harlem Brundtland.
The award this year has been made jointly to Mike and Bjorn Söderberg the founder of the Fair Enterprise Network, which develops responsible companies in Nepal.
It’s a remarkable achievement, and a great honour for both Mike and MBA Polymers. It recognizes MBA Polymers making a real difference in this vital environmental and economic area. Mike himself has said that to be selected by such a renowned international jury and even to be on the same list of people such as Kofi Annan and Al Gore is ‘a very humbling experience’.
Coincidentally, it will be almost 20 years to the day since Mike started work in a garage in California looking at the possibility of recycling plastics from complex waste streams. It was a life changing idea.