The Energy Award
3M is a diversified technology company with a global presence employing nearly 20,000 people in Europe (nearly 90,000 worldwide) and serving public & private customers with innovative products & services. 3M counts more than 50 manufacturing sites and 27 R&D centres in Europe and supports the long-term goal of sustainable development. 3M has a diversified portfolio of solutions in sectors such as healthcare, transportation, energy, water, security and communications. As an innovative company, we want to contribute to key EU priorities such as climate and energy targets, the circular economy, and a healthy and safe Europe. As part of our Sustainability strategy, we are committed to building sustainability into all of our new products. This will demonstrate how our products improve air quality, reduce greenhouse gas emissions and improve worker and patient safety in healthcare and industry in Europe.
The Environment Award
APEAL – the Association of European Producers of steel for packaging – unites the five producers of steel for packaging in Europe. Founded in 1986, APEAL members – ArcelorMittal, Liberty Liège-Dudelange, Tata Steel, thyssenkrupp Rasselstein and U.S. Steel Košice – employ over 200,000 workers in Europe, 15,000 of whom are employed directly the production of steel for packaging across 10 dedicated manufacturing sites.
About Steel for Packaging
Model material for a circular economy, with the highest recycling rate in Europe, steel for packaging has a key role to play in reducing food waste by protecting and preserving products at all stages in the food chain.
A unique packaging material, steel combines exceptional performance capabilities with unrivalled environmental credentials. Strong, formable and long-lasting, steel offers numerous benefits for the safe packaging of a wide variety of products including food, beverages, aerosols, personal care, household, automotive and industrial goods.
A permanent material, steel can be recycled infinitely with no loss of quality. Magnetic properties make steel easy and economical to separate from other waste during recycling processes. Finally, because steel scrap is an inherent part of the production process for new steel, every single steel plant in Europe is also a recycling plant, saving resources, energy and emissions by recycling steel in a simple and efficient process.
Based in Brussels, The Brewers of Europe brings together national brewers’ associations from 29 European countries and provides a voice to support the united interests of Europe’s 10,000+ breweries. The Brewers of Europe promotes the positive role played by beer and the brewing sector in Europe and advocates the creation of the right conditions to allow brewers to continue to freely, cost-effectively and responsibly brew and market beer across Europe.
The Agriculture, Rural Development & Fisheries Award
The Coca-Cola Company (NYSE: KO) is a total beverage company, offering over 500 brands in more than 200 countries and territories. In addition to the company’s Coca-Cola brands, our portfolio includes some of the world’s most valuable beverage brands, such as AdeS soy-based beverages, Ayataka green tea, Costa coffee, Dasani waters, Del Valle juices and nectars, Fanta, Georgia coffee, Gold Peak teas and coffees, Honest Tea, innocent smoothies and juices, Minute Maid juices, Powerade sports drinks, Simply juices, smartwater, Sprite, vitaminwater and ZICO coconut water. We’re constantly transforming our portfolio, from reducing sugar in our drinks to bringing innovative new products to market. We’re also working to reduce our environmental impact by replenishing water and promoting recycling. With our bottling partners, we employ more than 700,000 people, helping bring economic opportunity to local communities worldwide.
The International Trade Award
The Health Award
The European Federation of Bottled Waters (EFBW) is the voice of the natural mineral and spring water producers in Europe. We represent over 550 companies, most of them small and medium sized and located in rural areas where employment tends to be scarce.
In Europe, unlike on other continents, consumers have a market preference for natural mineral waters and spring waters. Those waters must come from protected underground origin only, have not been disinfected nor chemically processed and are associated to a specific place of origin. Over the course of its long journey, sometimes thousands of years, the water is naturally filtered and enriched with minerals. This is how natural mineral water gains its unique taste and stable mineral compositions.
Producers are committed to protecting the unique qualities of natural mineral and spring waters. Our aim is to ensure that the high safety, quality and environmental standards of natural waters are recognized and maintained. In partnership with local stakeholders, the sector takes extensive measures to protect the environment around the source, help safeguarding biodiversity and natural habitats. Producers also contribute to regional, social and economic activity.
Natural mineral and spring water producers are active supporters of the Circular Economy. All packaging materials used by the industry – be it glass, PET plastic or aluminum - are 100% recyclable and represents a valuable resource after use. The sector plays a leading role in promoting collection and recycling. On 15th of May 2018, EFBW pledged to reach 90% collection of PET water bottles and incorporate at least 25% recycled PET into new bottles, by 2025. Every bottle should be given a second life! Each bottle littered is one too many! EFBW is also a proud signatory of the Circular Plastics Alliance’s Declaration.
Water is a vital nutrient for our body. Drinking water is the healthiest, most natural way to hydrate. Available data suggests that Europeans are not drinking enough when compared with EFSA’s guidelines on adequate daily water intake. We believe water has an important role to play towards a healthier diet. The Federation advocates policymakers and regulators to adopt and promote national guidelines on healthy hydration and water intake.
Established in 1995, the European Parliament (EP) Beer Club is a forum for discussion and information exchange amongst MEPs about issues that affect the brewing sector within the European Union. The EP Beer Club believes that Beer is part of Europe’s heritage and tradition, and aims to support the responsible, sustainable growth and stability of the brewing sector in the European Union.
EU40 is the platform of young pro-European Members of the European Parliament. Our mission is to serve young Members under the age of 40 and strengthen their role inside the European Parliament and with the civil society. We do this by adding aesthetics, fun and fresh ideas to European politics thereby making it more palpable and accessible. We constantly try to reinvent what is overcome, by developing inspiring political narratives that we aim to weave through most policy areas relevant to the current political debate. EU40 understands itself as a disrupter, developing new political messaging and constantly creating synergies between essential political players and the industry.
We want Europe to be at its best. Therefore, we seek to connect the best.
Justice and Gender Equality Award
The GSMA represents the interests of mobile operators worldwide, uniting more than 750 operators with over 350 companies in the broader mobile ecosystem, including handset and device makers, software companies, equipment providers and internet companies, as well as organisations in adjacent industry sectors. The GSMA also produces the industry-leading MWC events held annually in Barcelona, Los Angeles and Shanghai, as well as the Mobile 360 Series of regional conferences.
For more information, please visit the GSMA corporate website at www.gsma.com. and learn more about GSMA #caseforchange at https://www.caseforchange.com/topic/gender-equality. Follow the GSMA on Twitter and the GSMA Europe, also on Twitter.
The Digital Single Market and Industry Research and Innovation Awards
Huawei is a leading global provider of information and communications technology (ICT) infrastructure and smart devices. With integrated solutions across four key domains – telecom networks, IT, smart devices, and cloud services – Huawei is committed to bringing digital to every person, home and organization for a fully connected, intelligent world.
Huawei's end-to-end portfolio of products, solutions and services are both competitive and secure. Through open collaboration with ecosystem partners, Huawei creates lasting value for our customers, working to empower people, enrich home life, and inspire innovation in organizations of all shapes and sizes.
At Huawei, innovation focuses on customer needs. Huawei invests heavily in basic research, concentrating on technological breakthroughs that drive the world forward. Huawei has more than 180,000 employees and operates in over 170 countries and regions. Founded in 1987, Huawei is a private company fully owned by its employees.
Huawei is particularly committed to Europe: Here, Huawei currently employs over 13,000 employees and runs two regional offices and 23 R&D sites. So far, Huawei has established 230 technical cooperation projects and has partnered with over 150 universities across Europe.
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The Food Safety Award
As a global healthcare leader, MSD works to help the world be well. MSD Animal Health, known as Merck Animal Health in the United States and Canada, is the global animal health business unit of MSD. We offer one of the industry’s most innovative portfolios – not only of products, but also of services and technologies – to prevent, treat and control diseases across all major farm and companion animal species. Our mission – The Science of Healthier Animals – guides all of our work. Healthier animals mean a sustainable food supply, protection for humans against diseases passed from animals, and longer, healthier lives for pets.
Our products fight diseases that can devastate animals, threaten human health, and disrupt the supply of food. We continually introduce new technologies to help our customers maximize their efficiency while improving animal wellbeing, such as the world’s first non-parasiticide cattle product with a transdermal route of administration. Finally, we keep people happy by caring for their family pets with innovative products including the first chewable tablet for dogs effective against fleas and certain tick species for up to 12 weeks.
MSD Animal Health’s robust R&D pipeline spans key therapeutic areas, providing a solid platform for further advances in veterinary medicine. Our customers expect more from us than just medicines, and we continue to deliver the information, technologies and veterinary services to meet their needs around the world. As a multi-species global company operating in more than 150 markets, we respond readily to the demands of our dynamic industry.