Faroese Sustainable Business Initiative Wins 2023 EDIE Award for Partnership and Collaboration

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Representatives from Burðardygt Vinnulív headed by chairman Jan Ziskasen (centered), at the awards ceremony in London, March 30th, 2023.

The Faroese Sustainable Business Initiative—Burðardygt Vinnulív, as the network is known in Faroese—claimed this year’s international EDIE award for Partnership and Collaboration.

In competition with eight other nominees in the same category, Burðardygt Vinnulív received the prize for Partnership and Collaboration of the Year at the awards event in London on March 30th.

Burðardygt Vinnulív was founded in 2021 with the stated aim to “advance sustainable business practices and contribute towards the UN Sustainable Development Goals, such as Goal 13: Climate Action.”

The EDIE awards are known as the UK’s largest and most prestigious sustainability awards, recognizing excellence across the spectrum of ‘green’ business, including both large and small initiatives and projects.

“This collaboration has achieved significant, impressive progress in its first year,” the judges said. “It has brought together a diverse set of partners to take the initiative and fill a void where regulations were not present; working together for ambitious goals. We were impressed by the highly systemic and participative approach taken by such a small community, making this initiative a worthy winner of a very popular category.”

The twelve founding companies behind Burðardygt Vinnulív are: Bakkafrost, Betri Banki, Effo, Faroe Ship, Føroya Tele (Faroese Telecom), Gist & Vist, JT electric, KJ Hydraulik, MBM, P/F Poul Michelsen, SMJ and Vónin.