17.09.2020 On September 16, the Trigo, Austria's most prestigious award for responsible business practices, was presented for the 17th time, due to the corona only in September and without a gala. For the first time, the event could be viewed by an unlimited number of viewers via Live Stream be followed.
In a video message, Federal President Alexander Van der Bellen expressed his respect for the participating companies for their groundbreaking work: “They stand for environmental protection, sustainability and responsible business.” Leonore Gewessler, Federal Minister for Climate Protection, Environment, Energy, Mobility, Innovation and Technology, thanked them the nominees personally for their commitment. And she took the opportunity to once again promote her main concern, combating the climate crisis. The next five to ten years will be crucial, she said and encouraged companies to be courageous and set the course. Cynthia Zimmermann, Section Head of the Federal Ministry for Digitization and Economics, conveyed the congratulations from Federal Minister Margarete Schramböck. She reminded, among other things, that her ministry also stands for value-oriented and responsible foreign trade and stressed that companies with responsible supply chain management benefit from greater resilience, especially in the current corona crisis.
With 166 applications, more companies had applied for the Trigos Award this year than in years. 18 companies were nominated in the six categories - exemplary projects, social innovation, regional value creation, employee initiatives, climate protection and international commitment. They won over the jury with the anchoring of responsible action in their core business, groundbreaking initiatives, measures or projects and a contribution to the UN sustainability goals, the Sustainable Development Goals SDG.
The six winners who stood on stage at the end of the evening reflect the breadth of Austria's commitment. The Oesterreichische Kontrollbank AG was honored for its green, social and sustainability bonds, which it has been issuing since the previous year and from whose proceeds it finances social and environmental projects in Austria and developing countries - according to the jury, an innovative model project in the area of impact investments. The Viennese small business Wasted convinced with its recycling concepts for surplus fruit and vegetables from local agriculture. With the PMS electrical and automation technology an owner-managed industrial company from Lavanttal, Carinthia, won the trophy for its training offensive Flag gardener a family company from Mittersill, Salzburg, for its talent-oriented approach to employees. The wood power plant manufacturer Syncraft engineering from Schwaz, Tyrol, received an award in the climate protection category for his groundbreaking invention of the “reverse power plants” that are currently being installed in Japan and Croatia. The sixth award winner also comes from Tyrol: the medical technology company MED-EL made the running with the sustainable improvement of the living conditions of hearing impaired people in Ivory Coast and Bangladesh. The entry of the manufacturer of cochlear implants into these developing country markets is supported by the Austrian Development Agency via a business partnership and accompanied by the development organization ICEP in project design and management. We congratulate!
Behind the Trigos is Caritas, the Federation of Industry, the Austrian Red Cross, respACT - austrian business council for sustainable development, environmental umbrella organization and the Austrian Chamber of Commerce, a unique body from business and civil society. You can find more information about the Trigos here!
Anyone who missed the live broadcast of the Trigos Awards can do so at any time online courses look.