17th November 2016

In attendance of last years event where dignitaries such as the First Minister of Scotland and the US Ambassador to the United Kingdom, among countless famous names including Sir Chris Hoy, Judy Murray and Chris Evans.

The event welcomed Hollywood legend George Clooney to a captivated EICC. George was interviewed by TV and radio’s Chris Evans on his glittering Hollywood career and his humanitarian work in South Sudan. The 2015 programme benefited 8 different charities at home and abroad to the tune of almost £1m including the Scottish Edge Fund, Social Bite and Beatson Cancer Charity.

This year we welcome Leonardo DiCaprio. The Academy Award ® winning actor and environmental activist will talk about the business of Hollywood and what we can all do to help stop the march of climate change.

Key Dates for 2016

1st July
Open for entries

30th September
Application Deadline

7th October
Shortlist announced

17th November
Awards Ceremony

Leonardo DiCaprio, Academy Award® winning actor, producer and activist, is well known for his dedication to protecting our environment on a global scale.

In 1998, DiCaprio launched the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation to provide direct support for conservation and preservation projects on nearly every continent and in every ocean. Using his public platform, he has spearheaded global awareness campaigns and advocated on behalf of our natural world before global leaders at all levels. DiCaprio has also made strategic investments and produced numerous creative projects and documentaries to increase public engagement in the cause to end climate change.

Born in Hollywood, California, DiCaprio started acting at the age of 14.  His breakthrough feature film role came in 1993 with Michael Caton-Jones’ “This Boy’s Life.” That same year, he earned his first Academy Award® and Golden Globe nominations for his leading role in Lasse Hallström’s “What’s Eating Gilbert Grape.” Now an Academy Award® and Golden Globe winner, DiCaprio has produced and starred in many award-winning films including Martin Scorsese’s “The Wolf of Wall Street,” Baz Luhrmann’s “The Great Gatsby,” Quentin Tarantino’s “Django Unchained,” Clint Eastwood’s “J. Edgar” and Christopher Nolan’s “Inception” to name a few. He most recently starred in “The Revenant,” directed by Alejandro González Iñárritu. His portrayal of legendary explorer Hugh Glass won the Golden Globe for Best Actor in a Motion Picture (Drama); Screen Actors Guild Award® for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role; Critics’ Choice Awards for Best Actor; and an Academy Award® for Best Actor in a Leading Role.

With his production company, Appian Way, DiCaprio wrote, produced and narrated the acclaimed environmentally themed documentary “The 11th Hour.” Appian Way also partnered with Netflix to release “Virunga,” the Academy Award® nominated documentary that examines gorilla preservation in the Democratic Republic of Congo’s Virunga National Park. Two additional environmentally themed Netflix documentaries titled “Catching the Sun” and “How to Change the World” are currently in post-production.

In September 2014, DiCaprio was designated as a United Nations Messenger of Peace with a specific focus on climate change. That same month, DiCaprio was honored with the Clinton Global Citizen Award, participated in history’s largest climate march in New York City and powerfully addressed the UN Summit. In January 2016, DiCaprio was awarded a Crystal Award by the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland for his work to bring global attention to the urgent need to address climate change. Leonardo also serves on the boards of World Wildlife Fund, Natural Resources Defense Council, National Geographic’s Pristine Seas, the funders’ collaborative Oceans 5, and International Fund for Animal Welfare.

It is our privilege to welcome Mr DiCaprio on his first visit to Scotland for the 2016 Scottish Business Awards which promises to be a once-in-a-life-time 
and truly unforgettable event.

We look forward to welcoming you to the Scottish Business Awards 2016.

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