3:00pm – 4:45pm 15 September 2021
Wolke 19, Vienna, Austria
The award ceremony was organized on 15 September 2021 from 15:00 to 16:45, CET. The ceremony was hold in a hybrid format: in-person event was combined with online features and live streaming to the global audience (including winners).
The award ceremony acknowledged best practices, innovative approaches and ideas related to Chemical Leasing and similar performance-based business models for sustainable chemicals management, inspiring companies and individuals around the globe to rethink how they operate with chemicals.
This year the jury has received 92 applications from 20 countries.
The event was organized in two parts: Round Table with jury members, followed by the main Ceremony.
In the beginning of the ceremony, high-level representatives of UNIDO, Austrian, German, Swiss Missions, as well as the European Association of Chemical Distributors welcomed all participants of the ceremony, and congratulated winners. They highlighted that all companies applying the Chemical Leasing model are “champions”, because the performance-based business model contributes to their improved sustainability, increased profit, better health and safety conditions for employees and protection of the environment.
In his welcoming remarks, Stephan Sicars, Managing Director at the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), said, “We are very proud at UNIDO to be able to host this award for the fifth time. Chemical Leasing gives us something not only for today, but also for the future. It helps to develop more resource-efficient industries but also societies.”
He continued, “We all are aware of big challenges: climate change, pollution, biodiversity, etc. We need to be more careful with the resources that we have. Chemical Leasing is a means to achieve this, at the same time leveraging power of industry. I am happy that 92 applicants, in particular companies, despite of difficulties of the COVID time when many enterprises were shut, participated at the award!”
At the end of the ceremony, Elizabeth Bogosian, Ambassador and Alternate Permanent Representative of Uruguay to UNIDO, confirmed the commitment of her government to join the Declaration of Intent on Chemical Leasing, and embed this business model in Uruguay’s national policies. The declaration was created in 2016, signed first by UNIDO, the Austria, Germany and Switzerland, followed then by Peru, Serbia, El Salvador and Sri Lanka.
More than 600 persons were watching the live streaming. Among them: representatives of industry (big companies and SMEs, users and suppliers of chemicals), NGOs, researchers, consultants, policy makers, etc. – the public interested in topics related to sustainable chemicals management, innovative business models, performance-based business approaches, circular economy, strategies and tools towards sustainability.