The German Sustainability Award was presented in Düsseldorf for the 14th time. Prizes were awarded for innovative ideas for the future and top achievements in sustainability in the fields of business, research, and local authorities.
“Climate change is progressing; the Glasgow document falls short of expectations. The Corona pandemic has not been overcome. A new federal government is stepping up to set the policy framework for solutions. But change only works if business, communities, research, and each and every one of us shape it. This year, we again honored courageous pioneers and gave them a stage as far as possible,” says Stefan Schulze-Hausmann, initiator of the German Sustainability Award.
The congress and award ceremony took place – under the 2G plus rule and with a test station on site – at the Maritim Hotel Düsseldorf. The German Sustainability Award for Companies honors business players who lead the way as good examples of sustainable change in one of the transformation fields of climate, resources, biodiversity, supply chain, or society. The winners in the transformation field Climate are the “zero emission” IT service provider Green IT Das Systemhaus GmbH and the electrical engineering group Schneider Electric SE. The award in the transformation field of resources went to the company Alfred Kärcher SE & Co. KG; the natural cosmetics manufacturer Primavera Life GmbH walked off the stage as the winner of the transformation field Biodiversity. EcoVadis SAS received the prize in the transformation field Supply Chain. In the transformation field Society, the detergent and cleaning agent manufacturer Sonett GmbH convinced the jury.
Packaging of tomorrow
Büttenpapierfabrik Gmund GmbH & Co. KG was awarded the Special Packaging Prize of the German Sustainability Award for its hemp paper. Hemp offers a number of ecological advantages: the fibers are more resistant, can be harvested and recycled more frequently, and do not require harmful pesticides, according to the jury’s statement. The special award for particularly innovative and sustainable packaging ideas was presented for the third time by the German Sustainability Award Foundation in cooperation with REWE Group.
The Next Economy Award (NEA) honors young companies and organizations that provide answers to the social and ecological questions of our time with their ideas designed for growth and diversification. The three winners of this year’s NEA are Enpal GmbH from the solar energy sector, the producer of e-fuels and e-products Ineratec GmbH and the non-profit organization Wasser 3.0 gGmbH. The award is presented by the German Sustainability Award Foundation in cooperation with the Association of German Chambers of Industry and Commerce (DIHK).