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Challenging us to take a rigorous and holistic view, the Sustainability Awards sets the agenda on best practice, turns the spotlight on the most important areas of R&D, and helps separate greenwash from the innovations that make a genuine difference.
Sustainability Awards is independently judged by an expert jury representing a cross-section of the international packaging value chain, including leading brand owners and retailers, sustainability organisations, waste management, academia and industry experts. Each year the competition sees ever growing engagement, assessing submissions from start-ups and global brands by the same, carefully considered criteria.
25 SEPTEMBER | FACHPACK PACKBOX FORUM | 16:00 - 18:30
Packaging Europe presents the Sustainable Packaging Summit, exploring contrasting approaches to a Circular Economy in packaging and how to choose the appropriate path. Our star speakers include TerraCycle’s Tom Szaky, the mastermind behind the widely publicised Loop reusable packaging concept, and Dana Mosora –one of the organisers of the CEFLEX project to build universal recycling of flexible packaging across Europe. We will also hear from two global brand owners (P&G’s Gian De Belder and PepsiCo’s Chris Daly) who are taking part in both Loop and CEFLEX, in addition to many other circular initiatives. The four speakers will come together for an illuminating panel discussion following their presentations.
Once the Sustainable Packaging Summit is finished, we invite everyone to stay at PackBox Forum for the Sustainability Awards winner announcements, trophy presentations, drinks and nibbles, and continuing discussion of responsible packaging!
Principal Scientist – packaging R&D P&G
Packaging sustainability: P&G’s
Ambition 2030, latest innovations
and value chain collaboration.
CEFLEX: driving the circular economy
for flexible packaging through full
value chain collaboration.
VP Supply ChainStrategy, Transformation
and Sustainability, PepsiCo Europe
and Sub Saharan Africa
A Circular Future Today
Submit your sustainable packaging innovation or initiative. Entries can be submitted (there’s no charge to participate) via our online platform between 1 April and 20 May. Full instructions and rules can be found in the Essential Information section below.
This year we’re partnering and co-promoting the Sustainability Awards with FachPack – the leading European trade fair in Europe in 2019, located in Nürnberg, Germany. Come along to the FachPack’s PackBox Forum on the afternoon of 25 September for debate, drinks and discovery the judges’ verdicts.
Throughout this year, the Sustainability Awards serves as a focal point to share innovation strategies, discuss best practice, and cross-fertilise ideas. To participate in this conversation or simply ensure you receive updates on the competition, sign up to our newsletter and follow @PackagingEurope.
No! Participation in the competition is free of charge.
Once you have created a user account in the competition platform, simply fill in the submission form. This consists of several fields. but the key criteria on which entries are judged are 1) a statement outlining the entry and what is innovative about it, and 2) the impact it has had or is projected to have. There is a limit of 600 words for each of these sections. You can also link to an external web page with additional information or a video about your submission. Please also upload an image of the innovation or initiative so it can be included in articles about the competition. You can save your entry and finish it later. Don’t forget to complete all sections of the form by 20th May!
The innovations or achievements entered into the competition must have been launched or announced no earlier than 1 April 2018.
There is a maximum of three entries per submitting organisation. Large organisations with multiple business units are encouraged to coordinate internally to decide which innovations or initiatives to nominate.
No, you can only submit a particular product or initiative in one category. Otherwise, Packaging Europe reserves the right to withdraw the submission from one or all categories. Please read the category descriptions carefully before deciding which is the most appropriate one.
The closing date for entries will be midnight (CET) at the end of 20 May 2019.
A selection of industry experts representing the whole value chain will vote independently on the submissions, resulting in the winners for each category. The overall winner ‘Best Sustainable Packaging Innovation’ will be the entry representing a particular innovation that accrues the highest overall score across all categories. In the event that the highest scoring entry is not an innovation per se, e.g. if it is a broad sustainability strategy entered into the ‘Best Practice’ category, this will not be considered for the ‘Best Sustainable Packaging Innovation’ prize.
Please read the specific criteria for each category. In general, the core principle of the awards is to reward the project or product that, in the judges’ view, has the greatest significance in terms of its positive impact on sustainability. This can be understood either in its immediate performance metrics or in the potential transformative impact –i.e. there isn’t necessarily a stronger weighting to commercialised products over early-stage R&D breakthroughs. Judges are also instructed to consider the holistic implications for sustainability, even when the category emphasises a particular aspect. For example, if the criterion is ‘resource efficiency’, the winning entry should not simply be the one with the biggest weight reduction, but also offer a viable solution that does not result in reduced performance according to other environmental criteria. The more factual information you can provide –including any relevant supporting data –the more likely the judges are to accept your claims. You are encouragedto provide links to additional information, videos, etc.
Yes! Although a single user must submit the entry, you can list all involved stakeholders. We welcome collaborative entries such as packaging innovations developed jointly between a brands and packaging companies, and multi-stakeholder projects.
The jury will complete the first round of judging by the end of June. If your submission is selected as one of the 24 finalists (the top four in each of the six competition categories), judges may request additional information / clarifications from you at this stage, if they believe this may be important in selecting the eventual winners. In any case, the 24 finalists will be celebrated at the Sustainability Awards 2019 ceremony at FachPack on 25 September.
Because of the sheer number of entries it is not feasibleto provide feedback on all entries. However, we will invite judges to share their comments about the 24 finalists.
The winners will be revealedat the Sustainability Awards 2019 ceremony on the afternoon of Wednesday 25 September at the PackBox Forum at FachPack, in Nürnberg, Germany. Everyone is welcome to join us for sustainability discussion, drinks, networking and the big announcements!
Yes. The Sustainability Awards have been recognised by the World Packaging Organization and therefore all winners are eligible to enter the WorldStars.
Sponsoring the Sustainability Awards 2019 is the ultimate statement of your commitment to, and thought leadership in, sustainability. We believe the deeper value in sponsorship comes from more than just brand alignment and logo visibility, but truly engaging with the value chain in the search for better sustainable solutions and strategies. That’s why we’re giving our 2019 sponsors a platform to lead the debate, both during the live event at FachPack and in our related content throughout 2019, in print and digital articles, podcasts and videos.
Sponsorship puts the spotlight on you as a driver of innovation, collaboration and forward thinking.
This year we’re co-promoting the Sustainability Awards with our partner FachPack – the leading European trade fair in 2019, located in Nürnberg at the heart of Europe’s biggest economy. Integrated, along with our Sustainable Packaging Summit, into the official FachPack program at the climax of the expo’s busiest day, the Sustainability Awards 2019 will reach a wider audience than ever before.