The Sustainability Awards of the Promotional Products Industry
Welcome to the PSI Sustainability Awards 2023!
They have become one of the most important sustainability awards and now we are starting the competition with many exciting innovations.
There is the increasing international significance. This is taken into account by a new international jury of sustainability experts and international association representatives.
We want to meet in person again for the award ceremony. After a digital gala in 2021, the Rheinterassen in Düsseldorf have been chosen as the venue for the award ceremony on 10 January 2023. It will be a real gala evening again!
Participation in the eight categories will be easier. With the new online platform, it is easier than ever to upload the entry documents and register.
Category 1: Economic Excellence
Category 2: Environmental Excellence
Category 3: Social Excellence
Category 4: Environment Initiative
Category 5: Social Initiative
Category 6: Sustainable Product
Category 7: Sustainable Campaign
Category 8: Innovator of the Year
Category 9: Sustainable Company of the Year
The PSI Sustainability Awards are intended as a contribution to making not just the world of promotional products a little bit better, but also the world as a whole. It’s a high-minded goal. In order reach it, we invited people to sit on the awards jury who care deeply about sustainability. All of them have shown throughout their careers that they’re putting responsibility into action.
Design + Produktsicherheit Lutz Gathmann
Risk Management Consultant
Warth & Klein Grant Thornton AG
Director Corporate Procurement, Facility and TQM
Joop van Veelen
Former CEO and President
Public Relations / Sponsoring
Deutsche Bahn AG
Peter van Gestel
Chief editor PromZ Vak & PromZ Magazine
The winners 2021
Karl Knauer KG
The Economic Excellence award is for certified measures that guarantee quality assurance. The winner in this section was Karl Knauer KG which has consistently developed its extensive certification further and documented the continuous sustainable development of the company with a highly transparent detailed annual report.
Schneider Schreibgeräte GmbH
Schneider Schreibgeräte GmbH introduced certified measures for protecting environmental management in 2020 which go well beyond the minimum legal requirements and received an award in the Environmental Excellence category for this commitment. With its comprehensive and high-quality certification, the company has underlined its ecological achievement and is well placed for the future. The company also scored thanks to one of its environmental initiatives.
Halfar System GmbH
Social Excellence 2020
Despite the particularly difficult social challenges presented by 2020, Halfar GmbH was able to enhance its social excellence profile in the areas of personnel development, family friendliness, inclusion and integration. Thus, the company’s commitment met all the criteria for the Social Excellence award which rewards the provision of certified measures for securing social working conditions.
Halfar System GmbH
Environmental Initiative 2020
Halfar System GmbH also received an award in the Environment Initiative category for the environmental concept behind its new HAL logistic centre. Not only are the warehouse and site well-organized and energy-efficient thanks to building insulation and an eco-gas power plant, a 1500 sqm area has also been set aside as living space for plants, birds and insects. These and other measures have meant major CO2 savings, while the company’s comprehensive approach to sustainability is unique. As such, Halfar System GmbH successfully managed to fulfil the criteria for the Environmental Initiative award which is all about taking personal responsibility for economic and ecological measures, initiatives as well as developing one’s own environmental standards.
Karl Knaur KG
Social Initiative 2020
In 2011, Karl Knauer, HYDRO Systems and the Biberach Local Authority founded the “Fliegerkiste” day-care centre to help make work and family more compatible with one another. Since 2020, Karl Knaur has also been actively involved in nature conservation and environmental protection, investing in a 2600 sqm meadow for bees in collaboration with Bienenmartin’s honey farm. The project is a smart way of combining the topics of sustainability, landscape ecology and education, as well as involving employees and the local authority, which is why it won the Social Initiative award that is given for creating independent social measures and initiatives.
Sustainable Product of the Year
Even if it cannot be used everywhere, blvck GmbH’s natural horse dung fertilizer is a practical ecological merchandising article, which is why the company won a Sustainable Product of the Year award. A great deal of meticulousness and passion has gone into the process behind the fertilizer. Furthermore, in the words of the jury, the product is effective, sustainable and unforgettable.
Manufacturas Arpe, S.L.
Sustainable Product – Subcategory Textiles
The Sustainable Product award winner in the Textile subcategory is the SKUT community mask, made by Manufacturas Arpe, S.L. The company also uses 100 percent renewable energy. The mask itself is free of pollutants and thus also suitable for even (the youngest) children.
Schneider Schreibgeräte GmbH
Sustainable Product – Subcategory Writing Instruments
The Sustainable Product award in the Writing Utensils subcategory goes to Schneider Schreibgeräte GmbH. The company received its award for “Reco”, the first ballpoint pen to bear the Blue Angel environmental label. Thanks to the environmental and resource-saving way in which it is produced, this is one of the most sustainable ballpoint pens on the market.
Hanbückers Werbung GmbH
Sustainable Product – Subcategory Paper
Hanbückers Werbung GmbH managed to win the Sustainable Product Paper subcategory award for its inpoka (R) folding wall planner. The special protected calendar design has been optimised for the postage-saving DIALOGPOST mailing method. The jury considered it to be a well-conceived product that persuasively manages to combine practicality and the idea of sustainability.
SLODKIE UPOMINKI Sp. z o. o. sp. k.
Sustainable Product – Subcategory Product Line
High-quality products and biodegradable packaging go hand in hand with the winner of the Product Line subcategory of the Sustainable Product award. With “Fit&Healthy”, SLODKIE UPOMINKI Sp. z o. o. sp. k. has provided an innovative packaging design in combination with a sweet and, above all, sustainable message.
PS Concepts GmbH
Sustainable Product – Subcategory Product Set
PS Concepts GmbH wins the Product Set award in the Sustainable Product section with its “WE CARE” mini super slim umbrella and integrated carrier bag. Both the canopy and carrier bag are made of high-quality polyester pongee won from recycled material. Not just the canopy has been made from recycled material but the other main plastic components such as the tips, runners, slider etc. are also made of recycled material.
cyber-Wear Heidelberg GmbH
The Sustainable Campaign award is awarded to a marketing campaign in which an ecological promotional product plays a role in several closely related communication and advertising measures. This is precisely why cyber-Wear Heidelberg GmbH, won this award with its #starkeschiene campaign. German railways would like to run on a climate-friendly basis in future. Appropriately, the company collaborated with cyber-Wear Heidelberg GmbH to produce promotional items that focus both on sustainability and “made in Germany”. The product range includes a retractable pen made of recycled RPET material, a drinking bottle, and a speaker (all produced using green electricity and 100% recyclable), a bag for fruit & veg, a reusable cup, “good chocolate”, a beeswax cloth, a certified pencil and a writing pad made of grass paper. All these articles can be used in everyday life and are sustainable alternatives to their “plastic” predecessors. Moreover, they also look really attractive and offer plenty of advertising space.
FARE – Guenther Fassbender GmbH
Innovator of the Year 2020
This year, the jury has awarded a special prize for the first time in the 6-year history of the PSI Sustainability Awards. This special prize was awarded for the production of some excellent application forms and the company behind the initiative, SurvivAll i.G. Even if it is not about promotional products in the classical sense, the jury felt that SurvivALL’s environmental initiative, the “SurvivALL Project”, was worthy of distinction. With its initiative, SurvivALL is campaigning on behalf of “deep cleaning” the oceans and thus helping contribute towards generating sustainable energy and fuel made from waste. The jury felt that this was an influential project, the significance of which goes well beyond the promotional product industry.
Halfar System GmbH
Sustainable Company of the Year
For the Sustainable Company of the Year award, the jury’s assessments and points accumulated from the different categories 1 to 8 are all totted up and the winner is the noninee with the most points. Halfar System GmbH is Sustainable Company of the Year for 2021 and with that, the overall winner of the sixth PSI Sustainability Awards. The company persuaded the jury with its certification and auditing in all three areas of sustainability: economic, environmental, and social sustainability. The all-encompassing environmental concept for the new Halfar logistics centre stood out as the most exciting aspect.
PSI Sustainability Awards Team
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