‘Is your business really a rock in the river?’ Companies

Trends put companies and their projects in the spotlight, which have a positive impact on nature or society.

Seven large and seven small or medium-sized companies will be winners of the first Trends Impact Awards ever later this year. It will be fourteen companies proposing a project that has a real impact on the biggest challenges facing humanity. All companies and entrepreneurs with a positive project can submit a file from today. Who really makes an impact should not go unnoticed …

Seven large and seven small or medium-sized companies will be winners of the first Trends Impact Awards ever later this year. It will be fourteen companies proposing a project that has a real impact on the biggest challenges facing humanity. All companies and entrepreneurs with a positive project can submit a file from today. Who really makes an impact should not go unnoticed … We did not take it from one day to the next. The reason? Sustainability is everywhere. Everyone talks about it, many do something about it and some even find their raison d’être in it. Sustainability is so ubiquitous that it sometimes gets a little tiring. The 17 SDGs – the UN’s sustainability criteria – have something of a menu card. You’re just getting something. “We do something for the climate so we are a sustainable company.” Sustainability threatens to become a container concept in no time. Yet there are an awful lot of companies moving a rock in the river. They are game changers. Companies with a positive impact on nature or society. Trends wants to put these companies and their projects in the spotlight. But how do you do that if the core concept starts to wear out after a few years? How do you stay future-proof because everything changes so quickly? To do well, we sought scientific support. Together with an academic partner – Antwerp Management School and its sustainability specialist Wayne Visser – we have arrived at a scientifically substantiated, clear method. For the same reason, we have also talked to a consulting partner who is used to researching, objectifying and improving business processes. Each project for the Trends Impact Awards will receive feedback from them. Those who make it to the finals can count on a serious audit report. Ultimately, Trends specialists, the academic, and the consulting partner determine who the award recipients are based on the submitted files. Like I said: we did not take ice cream overnight. The Trends Impact Awards focus on the challenges that the world needs to take huge strides forward in the coming decades. And they focus on projects, more than on companies. A beauty contest ‘who is the most sustainable in the country?’ do not need our business world. Applause for their best initiatives. Seven Trends Impact Awards, each for large companies and SMEs. And a series of simple questions that any business can easily answer yes or no to. Anyone who says ‘yes’ can submit their project. – Does your company restore nature? (Trends Impact Award Ecology) – Does your company turn waste into a raw material? (Trends Impact Award Circular Economy) – Does your company promote production, distribution and consumption together? (Trends Impact Award Diversity and Inclusion) – Does your company contribute to a healthy lifestyle? (Trends Impact Award Wellbeing) – Does your company connect people through its technology? (Trends Impact Award Digitalization) – Does your company offer products and services that make the world less vulnerable? (Trends Impact Award Resilience) We award Trends Global Impact Award to projects that transcend the various challenges. The crown of the work, so to speak. Each week, Trends brings inspiring business stories about game changers. Trends Impact Awards is the superlative. Let it be our way, along with business, to move a rock in the river.

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