The trigos gala at the end of June in the Muth at the Augarten in Vienna was again a nice party with around 250 guests from politics, business and civil society. The evening was for the first time under the patronage of Federal President Alexander Van der Bellen. The minister for digitization and business location Margarete Schramböck addressed the guests via video message. This alone shows that the Trigos has established itself as the Austrian award for responsible economic activity and has actually become a "great stage to demonstrate achievements," as the president of the environmental umbrella organization Franz Maier emphasized.

The environmental umbrella organization is with Caritas, GLOBAL 2000, Industriellenvereinigung IV, Red Cross, the enterprise platform respACT and the Austrian Federal Economic Chamber WKÖ carrier of the 2004 launched Trigos price. These organizations are all involved in the screening of applications and in the selection of nominated and awarded companies. For Alexandra Fellner from Ikea Austria, this year's Trigos sponsor, it is precisely the broad sponsorship that makes this award "so interesting" for companies.


The Trigos has continuously developed in small steps. In the 15th year of its existence, however, a decisive realignment has now been achieved: away from formal categories such as company size or the distinction between classic business and social enterprise towards the essential performance areas of responsible corporate management: exemplary projects, regional value creation, international commitment, employee initiatives as well as social innovation & Future Challenges. The activities, initiatives and strategies of this year's award winners (see below), which emerged from 125 applications, show the wide variety of possible best practices. The basis for the submission is generally responsibility in the core business, which includes dealing with the effects of business activity and dealing with central issues in one's own industry.

The fact that the submitting companies are now receiving feedback from the jury is also a welcome innovation. As Franz Maier explained, this plus can assist applicants in their further development and also increase the transparency of the decision-making process, which led to the winner selection. Another premiere was the Trigos Honorary Award for special commitment to responsibility and sustainability, which went to Fairphone founder and CEO Bas van Abel.

Since 2004 more than 2.000 companies have applied for the Trigos, 270 have been honored, rejoiced Christian Friesl of the IV. For the Trigos to gain even more breadth, he now hopes for all those "undiscovered talents that connect business and society very well "You could already be on stage next year. A warm invitation!



Exemplary projects
Sto: Velcro instead of sticking

The facade professional I'm from Villach has developed the StoSystain® façade system together with Graz University of Technology, which works with high-performance velcro instead of glue. This allows insulation panels to be loosened and recycled at the end of their lifetime. CEO Walter Wiedenbauer: "This is a breakthrough in sustainability that can revolutionize the industry."


Regional value creation
E-initiative: car sharing

The Energy Cooperative Danube-Šumava eGen has created an environmentally friendly regional car-sharing offer with the "MühlFerdl". The fleet consists of just 20 e-cars that are charged with Biostrom. Johannes Großruck: "Car sharing is not taken for granted in rural areas. It's pulling the region together. "


International projects
Cona: solar air technology

Cona in Ried im Traunkreis manufactures drying plants that are solar-powered and can be used in small industries. Customers in developing countries are supported by corporate governance training. GF Georg Hubmer: "With our solar technology, a high quality and at the same time sustainable drying is possible."


Employee initiatives 
Habibi & Hawara: Integration

The restaurant Habibi & Hawara in Vienna, known for its oriental dishes, offers people with a refugee background training and work. Head Katha Häckl-Schinkinger: "Habibi means friend in Arabic, the Hawara is the friend of Viennese slang. It's about hospitality. "Currently, a test for take-away stores is running in the franchise system.


Social Innovation & Future Challenges
First Bank: Social Service

About some partners speaks the Erste Bank of the Austrian savings banks People and institutions that previously had no or only limited access to banking services. CEO Günter Benischek: "We offer microcredits for financially disadvantaged people and promote social enterprises and NGOs with favorable conditions."


Photos: Gebrüder Pixel, winner