The 2021 winner of the WIN WIN Gothenburg Sustainability Award has been revealed. The prestigious award goes to the Icelandic whistleblower Jóhannes Stefánsson who, with his life at stake, led the revelation of a widespread corruption scandal connected to fishing quotas in Namibia. The prize of 1 million SEK is presented to the winner at the award ceremony in Gothenburg, Sweden in October.
– Unfortunately, those with the courage to fight corruption and misuse of power most often have to pay a steep price, and there’s no exception for Jóhannes Stefánsson. With an unfaltering determination, Stefánsson has defied reoccurring harassment, threats towards his life and attempts on his life to keep up his fight. This is an individual who has overthrown an entire industry and strengthened justice for the people; a real hero, in other words, who we are proud to present as this year’s winner, says the WIN WIN Award jury chairperson Emma Dalväg.
This year the world’s leading sustainability award, WIN WIN Gothenburg Sustainability Award, is recognising individuals and organizations that fight corruption. Successful anti-corruption initiatives are crucial for sustainable development all over the world.
WIN WIN Gothenburg Sustainability Award is a non-profit organisation based in Gothenburg, Sweden, but with a global outlook. Our mission is to find and reward the people and organisations from around the world whose actions have resulted a more sustainable future. We also seek to educate and shed light on initiatives, developments and crucial challenges connected to sustainability.
The prize has been handed out yearly since 2000 and former winners include Kofi Annan, Al Gore, Gro Harlem-Brundtland and IPBES. The winner receives 1 million SEK (120 000 USD). To shake things up we pick a new theme every year which can be connected to United Nations 17 Global Goals. The theme for 2021 is ANTI-CORRUPTION.
Around the world, corruption is one of the biggest obstacles to sustainable development. Corruption can be defined as the abuse of entrusted power for private gain and occurs in many ways. The scientific community and organisations such as the UN and the World Bank agree that the costs to society of the rampant corruption around the world are enormous. Thus, successful sustainable development at a global scale will require focused efforts to combat corruption.
The nominations for this year’s theme are closed. The jury for the WIN WIN Gothenburg Sustainability Award is now going through an exciting list of nominees and are then looking for people or organisations that by effectively fighting corruption have contributed towards the achievement of one or several of the UN Sustainable Development Goals. The jury expects nominees to have created change that will inspire others and to have shown what is necessary and possible on our journey toward a sustainable future.
For the theme we collaborate with the Swedish branch of the leading anti-corruption organisation Transparency International. Read more about our partners and collaborations HERE.
A YOUNG ANTI-CORRUPTION HERO WILL ALSO BE AWARDED
WIN WIN Youth Award aims to empower and reward young people who play an active role in the creation of a more sustainable future. We welcome contributions from individuals, organisations and movements from all over the world, with members between the age 13 to 29. Nominations closed on 30 April and the jury will now go over the over 200 nominations from around the world.