Sustainability is the future driver of the promotional products industry. This was made clear by the winners of the PSI Sustainability Awards 2022.
Finally celebrate together in person again! The largest network of the European promotional products industry celebrated on the 21st. June together with around 120 sustainability experts, the long-awaited live comeback of the PSI Sustainability Award ceremony. The venue for the first time was the Rheingoldsaal in the Düsseldorf Rheinterrassen.
The PSI Sustainability Awards are among the most prestigious sustainability awards in the promotional products industry in Europe. The broadly broadly anchored CSR and sustainability in the industry was once again illustrated this year by the high demand and the number of submissions. Not only did they compete for the favor of the international jury with forward-looking product innovations, but their overall entrepreneurial sustainability profile was also evaluated with the help of the revised evaluation system.
To get in the mood for the award ceremony, think tank founder Christopher Patrick Peterka sensitized to the key competence of resilience by identifying complex interactions between entrepreneurial resilience and sustainable development and encouraging them to “do”.
Category “Economic Excellence”
Winner: Karl Knauer KG
Certified measures to ensure quality management: This is what the Economic Excellence category is all about. Karl Knauer KG, multiple winner of the PSI Sustainability Awards – 2016 and 2018, including Company of the Year, won a clear lead. Certified quality assurance and process standards, such as DIN EN ISO 14001, DIN EN ISO 9001, BRC / BRCGS, were decisive.
Category “Environmental Excellence”
Winner: Chilli Ideas
With an impressive range of certifications (SA8000, DIN EN ISO 9001, DIN EN ISO 14001, ecovadis), the Romanian company Chilli Ideas secured victory in the “Environmental Excellence” category. The distance between the points and the beaten ranks showed the high commitment of the company.
Category “Social Excellence”
Winner: Chilli Ideas
Ensuring social standards in your own company and especially in the supply chain is considered one of the biggest challenges of today. Chilli Ideas was also able to assert itself impressively as a winner in the “Social Excellence” category. Existing certificates for the working conditions of a company at the production facilities (SA8000, BSCI, OHSAS 18001, OHRIS et.al) secured a clear advantage here.
Category “Environmental Initiative”
Winner: Karl Knauer KG / “Environmental orientation and sustainability at Karl Knauer”
Karl Knauer KG has been impressively showing for years how sustainability can be integrated into companies and lived by the entire workforce. After all, the company has been certified as a climate-neutral company since 2017. The jury particularly praised the award-winning project “Bee Pasture of the Trainees 2021.”
The overall concept “Environmental Orientation and Sustainability at Karl Knauer” submitted in 2022 is based on a holistic and long-term strategy. Production processes, materials, internal commitment and external initiatives within the region of the company up to projects in Africa impressively document the approach. The comprehensible holistic approach convinced the jury unanimously.
Category “Sustainable Product”
Winner: BalloonGrip® / B-Loony Ltd.
The clever, simple and functional balloon holder is produced 100 percent sustainably. The corresponding evidence was provided consistently. These included ISO 9001, ISO 14000/1, BRC Certificate, ISO 5001 SGS/FSC PEFC and Sedex IMPRIM’VERT. Worthy of award, the jury judged.
Winner product line: Crafty Figurines – Playing Card Factory Altenburg
The 3D cardboard figures of Spielkartenfabrik Altenburg are consistently produced from FSC-certified materials, so that 100 percent sustainable products are created. The jury found it remarkable that no plastic foliations are used for the “Crafty Figurines”.
Category “Sustainable Campaign”
Winner: FARE – Gunther Fassbender GmbH / #waterSAVEchallenge
FARE has introduced the waterSAVE® cover material for its umbrellas, which is made from recycled plastics and saves valuable resources during the dyeing process. In the award-winning dealer campaign to increase sales of the waterSAVE® umbrella models, Fare donates money to the organization “Viva con Agua” per liter of water saved during umbrella production. Sustainable production, a clearly formulated environmental goal in combination with a clear campaign goal convinced the jury.
Category “Sustainable Company of the Year 2022”
Winner: Halfar System GmbH Backpacks and Bags
The multiple winner of the PSI Sustainability Awards won the overall victory in 2022 for the second time after 2020. With a clear point advantage in the individual categories, Halfar impressively proved that it masters the three pillars of sustainability and consequently shines as a producer of innovative sustainable products.
Michael Freter: Chairman of the Jury
Steven Baumgaertner: CEO Cybergroup International
Lutz Gathmann: Designer
Karsten Schmidt: Director Corporate Procurement, Facility and TQM, Bertrandt Group
Peter van Gestel: Editor-in-Chief PromsZ Magazine
Joop van Veelen: Chairman of Promotional Products Professionals
Clemens Arnold: Partner at 2bdifferent
Hilke Lehmann: Senior Consultant Group Marketing Deutsche Bahn
Carey Trevill: CEO British Promotional Merchandise Association
Kjell Harbom: Former CEO and President SBPR Svensk Branschförening for profile and advertising products