The 1st edition of the Sustainability Awards took place on 25 October 2022 and rewarded organisations (private, public and associative in Luxembourg) that implement the best sustainable development practices. The four winners were rewarded during an evening in the presence of jury and pre-jury members and more than 150 participants.
IMS Vice President Julien Demoulin called out all organisations encouraging them to draw from the good practices presented. He emphasized the importance to move quickly to address climate urgency and the various challenges of our society.
To represent each award, Jacques Schneider, a Luxembourg artist, proposed a series of illustrations for each category, inspired by the categories: People, Planet, Prosperity and Sustainability Team.
The Sustainability Awards: an initiative of IMS Luxembourg and Paperjam + Delano Club
IMS Luxembourg and Paperjam + Delano Club have combined their skills and expertise. IMS Luxembourg coordinated the whole process, the respect of the specifications, the selection criteria and the organisation of the Jury sessions. Paperjam + Delano Club organised the communication and the award ceremony.
The objective is to highlight inspiring sustainable development practices from which each organisation can draw inspiration to contribute to the collective effort to face the climate and social challenges.
Participation was free of charge and open to any organisation based in Luxembourg, whether or not it is a member of IMS or the Paperjam + Delano Club, regardless of its size, status - private, public or associative - and sector of activity.
Promising involvement of organisations
This first edition showed the commitment of organisations: 60 entries were received from organisations of all sizes, sectors, and types. The criteria selected for the categories are the degree of implementation, impact, innovative and replicable approach, and how the practice is managed and integrated into a long-term strategy.
On 12 July 2022, the pre-jury, composed of 20 independent experts, designated the nominees for each category. The final jury, consisting of multi-stakeholder representatives, selected the winners of the four categories on 27 September 2022.
The winning practices
In the evening, four prizes were awarded, and a special mention from the jury.
People: Digital inclusion - Covid and Ukraine crisis relief action
Planet: Ferber Group - Green salon
Prosperity: Kleinbettingen mills - Launch of the Le Moulin brand: Pasta and flour
Sustainability Team: SES - SES stakeholder outreach and strategy integration
Special Mention: Food4All - The App that monitors and helps prevent food waste
The next Sustainability Awards will be held in 2024 and the Diversity Awards of the Diversity Charter Lëtzebuerg will be held in 2023.
This coming October, the Sustainability Awards 2022 will honour Luxembourg companies active in the field of sustainable development. This first edition is organised by IMS - Inspiring More Sustainability and Paperjam + Delano Club, who have decided to combine their skills and expertise.
To highlight and reward the best national sustainable development practices implemented in organisations in Luxembourg in four distinct categories: People, Planet, Prosperity and Sustainability Team.
Among the received applications, an independent expert pre-jury will select 12 nominated practices (3 in each category), which are then evaluated by a jury. The 4 winning practices are disclosed during a ceremony in October.
The criteria used for all categories are:
- the degree of implementation,
- the impact
- the innovative and replicable nature of the approach
- the way in which the practice is managed and integrated into a long-term approach.
Participation is free and open to any organisation set up in Luxembourg, whether or not it is a member of IMS or the Paperjam + Delano Club, and regardless of its size, status - private, public or associative - and its field of activity.
Applications are now closed.
Applying for the Sustainability Awards 2022 can benefit your organisation in many ways:
- Contribute to building a more innovative and sustainable society through the possible replicability of good practices;
- Strengthen your organisation's credibility in the field of sustainability;
- Confirm your leadership in the field of sustainable development and the recognition of your peers;
- Strengthen the competitiveness of your organisation and your employer brand both internally and externally;
- Guarantee a strong visibility as a sustainable development actor in Luxembourg;
- Enable networking to share and learn from best practices;
- Learn from the leaders in the sector;
- Advance the entire industry by sharing the best innovations.
Participating in the Sustainability Awards 2022 means contributing to a strong dynamic of awareness of the issues related to sustainable development. It also means working towards a more responsible, innovative and sustainable society, taking into consideration the challenges of today and tomorrow.
The People category includes different topics such as youth, human rights, well-being at work, digital well-being, community engagement, volunteering, trainings, the fight against over-indebtedness, new forms of work organisation.
Inclusion & diversity: it is not recommended to apply for projects directly related to inclusion and diversity.
Why not? The Diversity Awards, organised every 2 years, a competition dedicated to these particular themes, will be organised in 2023.
The Planet category takes into account issues related to climate change, biodiversity and natural resource loss, waste, plastics and carbon reduction, ecomobility, energy and water management, land use, new technology and product development.
The Prosperity category focuses on the implementation of your strategy, responsible production and consumption, new economic approaches, social and solidarity economy, transparency and reporting.
4. Sustainability Team
The Sustainability Team category rewards a team that has implemented an innovative sustainable development project within its organisation and has demonstrated its commitment. The initiative implemented may address the three pillars of sustainable development. The action may target strategy, products, services, communication, work environment, etc.
Winners will be selected according to the criteria below, each of which will be graded by the jury and pre-jury:
• Impact of the practice: it is not restricted to words and to a declaration of intent but has been translated into concrete actions and has a measurable impact both on the organisation and in terms of societal impact.
• The innovative nature of the action.
• The exemplary and replicable nature of the initiative: the practice should be an inspiring example that can be adapted to other organisations or other relevant areas.
• The level of implementation of the practice: extent and scope according to the size of the company.
• How the project is governed.
• Integration as part of a long-term approach: the practice should be enshrined in a continuous improvement process and must not be a one-off, anecdotal event. It should be embedded sustainably in the strategy of the organisation.
BETTEL Xavier, Premier Ministre
KOEDINGER Mike, Maison Moderne, CEO
THELEN Carlo, Chambre de Commerce, CEO
SCHARF Christian, IMS, President
OLINGER Jean-Paul, INDR, Director
BECKER Julie, Luxembourg Stock Exchange, CEO
HOSS Manou, Elvinger, Hoss, Prussen, Managing Partner
VENCK Clémentine, Cocottes, CEO
TARANTINI Vanessa, Ministère du Travail, de l'Emploi et de l'Économie Sociale et Solidaire
LORANG Claudine, Nohaltegkeetsrot
THIRY Dr Patrizia, ASTF
PRIOULT Sylvain, Abalone
TALBOT Priscilia, IMS
KOHNEN Marguy, ministère de l’Environnement, du Climat et du Développement Durable,
NEU François, Enerdeal
CHORUS Stefan, Streff
MAJERUS Samuel, Simon-Christiansen & Associés
MULLENDERS Laura, IMS
POUSSING Nicolas, LISER
BOURIN Anaïs, INDR
LEFEVRE Dave, Coeba
SIMONELLI Alessandra, BIL
ÖBERG Sophie, IMS
JACQUEMART Cécile, POST
LOESCH Anne-Marie, Chambre de Commerce
GAUCHER Gurvand, BEI
BLANC Karine, Decathlon
GEORGEL Laetitia, IMS