Sustainability Award in Automotive 2021

Sustainability Award in Automotive 2021

December 11, 2020

The award for holistic sustainability in the automotive industry.

A joint initiative

The Sustainability Award in Automotive, jointly organized by the ATZ/MTZ Group and Roland Berger, honors companies whose products, processes and initiatives have a holistic impact on the sustainability of the automotive industry. The aim is to set specific benchmark standards to provide orientation and highlight new perspectives.

Do you make an innovative contribution to environmental protection, demonstrate exceptional social commitment and/or create seamless transparency in your business activities? Then apply now.

The winners will be invited to the award ceremony at an ATZlive event in early summer 2021 and will receive a seal of sustainability* within the respective award category.

Environmental. Social. Governance. Holistic sustainability within the ESG framework.

Changes in society, finance and politics, as well as an intrinsically motivated corporate rethink across the economy, have caused sustainability to evolve from a 'nice to have' to a basic requirement for future business success. Thus, sustainability is becoming the new currency of business and is subject to correspondingly stricter and measurable evaluation criteria. The topic of sustainability goes far beyond the reduction of CO2 emissions. This is underlined by the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) that UN member states signed up to in 2015 as part of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

We at Roland Berger, in common with many others, define sustainability along three dimensions: Environmental, Social and Governance – or ESG for short. Sustainable products, processes and initiatives are therefore recognized within the Sustainability Award in Automotive in close alignment with the UN Sustainable Development Goals and the three ESG dimensions.

For more information about the ESG framework and how to make your company sustainable now, we recommend our article Sustainability – Here to stay.

Sustainability pioneers wanted: Eligibility criteria.

With the Sustainability Award in Automotive, the ATZ/MTZ Group and Roland Berger honor the most sustainable companies in the automotive industry. The award is aimed at manufacturers of passenger cars, light & heavy commercial vehicles, construction and agricultural machinery and off-highway vehicles as well as their suppliers and subcontractors from Europe.

We are looking for products, processes or initiatives from all areas in companies in the above-mentioned industries that make a significant contribution to at least one of the UN's 17 Sustainable Development Goals ("do good") and do not significantly impair any of these goals ("do no harm"). Furthermore, your submission should deliver what it promises. This must be verifiable and made transparent, e.g. through an academic study or other type of reporting.

Have you implemented a particularly environmentally friendly drive technology, realized innovative processes that enable you to increase your recycling rate, or do your initiatives ensure respect for human rights along the entire supply chain? Then apply now – we are looking forward to hearing about your contribution to sustainability in the automotive industry!

From individual components to the entire supply chain: Award categories.

The Sustainability Award in Automotive, first presented in 2021, honors innovative products, processes and initiatives that shape the sustainability of the automotive industry. This year, one winner from each of the three following categories will be selected from among the participating companies:

  1. Drive Technology
  2. Complete Vehicle
  3. Operations & Supply Chain

The award can be conferred in one or more of the three dimensions 'Environmental', 'Social' and 'Governance'.

Pioneering spirit is rewarded: Selection process and award ceremony.

The call to participate in the Sustainability Award in Automotive is aimed at manufacturers of passenger cars, light & heavy commercial vehicles, construction and agricultural machinery and off-highway vehicles as well as their suppliers and subcontractors. In a multi-stage selection process, the most sustainable products, processes or initiatives in each of the three award categories will be honored.

Applicants first fill out the online application form on this page. After the application deadline on February 15, 2021, applications will be preselected according to a defined catalog of criteria. The remaining applications will then be reviewed by a top-class jury comprising representatives of the worlds of academia, industry and media and the winners of the respective award categories will be chosen. An application can be judged a winner in one or more of the ESG dimensions.

The winners of the Sustainability Award in Automotive will be notified by the ATZ/MT-Group and invited to the award ceremony at an ATZlive conference in early summer 2021. The awarded sustainability seals can be purchased by the winning companies for promotional use.

If you have any further questions, please contact our experts Christian Boehler and Matthias Ermer.

* The awarded sustainability seals can be purchased by the winning companies for promotional use.

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