A Middle East-based sustainability ambassador for carpet tile manufacturer Interface has been recognised for achievements in sustainability business practices.
Ana Seixas, director of marketing, Middle East, Africa & India at Interface, won the Sustainable Leadership Award during the Asian Leadership Awards ceremony at the Taj Palace Hotel, Dubai and was the only winner whose job role is not directly related to environmental issues.
In addition to her regional marketing management responsibilities, Seixas undertook intensive training to become a sustainability ambassador for Interface in 2009.
“It’s a great honour to be the recipient of this award which I believe acknowledges the hard work and efforts that sustainability practitioners across the region have made in the past few years.” said Seixas.
“In 2008 very few people in the construction industry in Dubai were talking about sustainability and green buildings, but since then a lot has changed. I am fortunate to be one of many passionate people working in a company like Interface which strives to spread the message about sustainable business practices.”
Since becoming an ambassador, Seixas has taken on the extra responsibility to promote sustainability across the Middle East and India. She has spoken at exhibitions and conferences such as the Big 5 and the International Green Awards Sustainability Summit in Dubai, and at the Green Building Middle East conference in Abu Dhabi.
She is one of the first women in the UAE to have become a LEED Accredited Professional, and was involved in the design of Interface’s Middle East and Africa office, based in Dubai, which was designed in 2009 to comply with LEED, the United States Green Building Council rating system.
Interface made a pledge in the mid-1990s to eliminate its impact on the environment by 2020. Known as Mission Zero, it influences every aspect of the business. The company is one of the founders of the Emirates Green Building Council, established in 2006.
The Asian Sustainability Leadership Awards recognises business exemplars in economic, environmental and social dimensions. Endorsed by the Asian Confederation of Businesses and World CSR Day, the awards are decided by an independent jury of experts.