This year's gala for the award of the Trigo, Austria's most prestigious award for responsible management, took place on June 12 in the Marx Palast in Vienna with 220 guests from politics, business and civil society. The evening was under the patronage of Federal President Alexander Van der Bellen, who expressed his appreciation for all companies that creatively and courageously contribute to Austria's future viability via video message. Federal Minister for Sustainability and Tourism Maria Patek and Section Head at the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Digitization Cynthia Zimmermann personally congratulated the company representatives.
In the course of the evening, the 18 nominated companies had a short pitch to highlight their special efforts for sustainable corporate management. The nomination for the Trigos is based in equal parts on the anchoring of responsible action in the core business and an exemplary innovative initiative, which ideally makes a contribution to the global goals for sustainable development of the United Nations, SDG for short. The winners were presented with a hand-made trophy from Gabarage Upcycling Design - the Viennese social enterprise supports people who have encountered problems in re-entering the regular labor market.
The 2018 Trigos Honorary Award to an international personality with an outstanding commitment to responsibility and future viability went to Antje von Dewitz, Managing Director of the internationally operating German outdoor equipment supplier Vaude. According to the jury, the family-owned company pioneers ecological and social concerns along the entire supply chain, imposes the highest standards, is committed to the common good economy and at the same time is economically very successful. "Vaude is an example of sustainability and economic success going hand in hand," said Christian Friesl of the Federation of German Industry. "We want to face the problems in the world like chemistry in the environment or microplastics in the sea and be part of the solution, not the problem," said the honorary winner in her video message.
New focus on the climate
The Trigos has developed in small steps over the years. In this 16th year of existence, the climate protection category has been added to the five existing categories. The highlighting of model companies should inspire others to take climate protection measures themselves. In general, the Trigos sees itself as an engine for the sustainable development of Austria's economy and society.
A second innovation concerns the selection procedure. Already so far, the applications have been evaluated in a two-stage process involving representatives from the sponsoring organizations - Caritas, Industriellenvereinigung, Österreichisches Rotes Kreuz, respACT, the Environmental Association and the Austrian Federal Economic Chamber - experts from science and industry. New are the nine evaluation criteria, ranging from attitude and transparency to materiality and effectiveness, to strategic project management. With 147 submissions for the Trigos, there was a clear plus this year over the previous year. All in all, 2.100 companies and institutions have applied for the award so far, they have already been awarded 270 times at national and regional level.
And the Trigos 2019 ...
went to six companies in as many categories
The Tyrolean SME Hollu, which develops cleaning and hygiene solutions for commercial customers, received the trigos for the increasing strategic integration of the SDG into all areas of the company: from the resource-efficient production of environmentally friendly articles to the research on micro-plastic-free recipes.
The auditing and consulting firm Deloitte Austria was found for his social start-up initiative! In cooperation with the Impact Hub Vienna, for three years now it has promoted business ideas that support recognized refugees to integrate into the labor market. Deloitte employees are actively involved.
The Social Impact AwarD SIA supports aspiring young social entrepreneurs in the development and implementation of their innovative ideas. SIA was honored for its expansion as a social franchise to East Africa and Central Asia in order to build up capacity here as well. Regular evaluations by the WU Vienna are published.
Regional value creation
The family business Neuburger In the northern part of the Mühlviertel, for its clear commitment to an exodus-driven region and its willingness to take risks, it has been awarded an innovative meat substitute product to address new markets. Hermann, the name of the new brand, is based on self-bred mushrooms without additives.
Social Innovation & Future Challenges
The Viennese Generation Café Full board is a social enterprise independent of third-party funds, which gives older people employment and appreciation. Dealing with the demographic change and the expansion projects of the promising social franchising model were rated as particularly positive by the jury.
Lenzing convinced with its Refibra ™ technology. In addition to wood, the Upper Austrian pulp and fiber manufacturer also uses cotton residues for the production of high-quality TENCEL ™ fibers - a milestone in Lenzing's innovation history and an important contribution to the circular economy and waste reduction in the textile sector.