Nominees for Observer Ethical Awards 2009 announced

Jamie Oliver, People Tree and David Cameron shortlisted for Observer Ethical Awards 2009

Ethically-aware celebrities, politicians and businesses have been shortlisted for the fourth annual Observer Ethical Awards 2009 – and Jamie Oliver, David Cameron and People Tree are among the 33 nominees.

The awards recognise those who pioneer a sustainable future and identify products, ideas and companies that make ethical living possible.

Jamie Oliver is up against fellow chef Hugh Fearnley Whittingstall in the Campaigner of the Year award, while David Cameron is battling it out with Vince Cable and Caroline Lucas for Politician of the Year.

In the Fashion and Accessories category, so dear to marie claire’s stance on eco chic that we sponsored the section, People Tree, who specialise in fair trade fashion, Nudie Jeans, which uses only organic denim for its creations, and Pachacuti, the UK’s only fair trade hat specialist, are all competing for the accolade.

Other categories include: Best Online Retail Initiative, Best Local Retailer, and Best Ethical Garden.

The entrants were judged by a combination of reader votes and by a celebrity panel that included Jo Wood, Ben Okri, Rick Edwards and Deborah Meaden.

The winners will be announced at an awards ceremony in London on Wednesday 3 June.

To see the full list of nominees, click here

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