A record number of exceptional submissions were received for the 2023 ’For a Sustainable Future Awards’. These awards were established to acknowledge outstanding corporate and leadership performance in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals and driving systemic change. According to the decisions of the professional jury, the winners in various corporate categories were IKEA, Nestlé, Graphisoft Park, Opten, and Generali Biztosító. Balázs Báthory (Market Építő Zrt.) received the Change Leader award, while Andrea Koncsikné Káli (BDL-Pureco Group) and Krisztina Schubauer (EXIM Magyarország) were honoured with the Leading Women award. The awards were presented during a ceremonial event at the Business Council for Sustainable Development in Hungary’s (BCSDH) business lunch on October 12.
Irén Márta, Director of BCSDH and a professional jury member, explained, “The 2023 ‘For a Sustainable Future’ Award received an outstanding number of submissions for the seventh time this year. The business world and the world around us are changing rapidly, presenting continuous challenges to companies. This should further motivate us towards swift action and the sustainable transformation of our systems. The ‘For a Sustainable Future’ Award evolves in step with changes in the business environment and responds to current challenges. This year, the awards were focused on areas where companies have the most significant impact by transforming their systems. Reading the submissions, it’s heartening to see an increasing number of solutions that are bringing about real change, with companies integrating sustainability into their operations.”
The panel of judges, consisting of Dr. Gábor Bartus, Szilvia Krizsó, Irén Márta, István Salgó, and Prof. Dr. Diána Ürge-Vorsatz, selected the award recipients.
CHANGE LEADER AWARD:
Deputy CEO Responsible for Innovations and Strategic Developments
Market Építő Ltd.
Balázs Báthory is an innovative, future-shaping, visionary leader who plays a prominent role in making the construction sector more sustainable and addressing numerous social issues.
Due to his absence, Balázs Báthory, he was able to “virtually receive” the award.
LEADING WOMEN AWARD:
Koncsikné Káli Andrea
Communication Leader, ESG Coordinator
A committed, conscious, and responsible leader who plays a significant role in creating value for water and sustainable urban water management.
Executive Director of HR, Marketing, and Communications
A motivating, value-creating leader who, with their innovative approach, contributes significantly to establishing a sustainable workplace culture in corporate and other positions.
BUSINESS SOLUTIONS AWARD:
Circular economy category
IKEA is effectively contributing to creating a circular economy by taking a leading role in extending the lifecycle of its products.
The award was received by Attila Bálint, the Sustainability Leader of IKEA.
Climate protection and adaptation category
Nestlé’s regenerative agricultural program serves as a driving force for the complete revitalisation of the sector, with a critical focus on preserving and restoring biodiversity and climate adaptation at a domestic level.
The award was received by Anna Hőgyész, the Sustainability Leader of Nestlé, and Dr. Gábor Tompa, the Director of Corporate Communications and Government Relations.
Conservation and restoration of biodiversity category
Through long-term, sustainable development and the restoration of biodiversity, Graphisoft Park has created a high-quality, nature-oriented office park in an urban environment.
The award was received by CEO János Kocsány.
Facilitating business transformation category
Opten’s self-developed ESG self-assessment tool promotes sustainability and strategic transformation among domestic small and medium-sized
The award was received by Dr. Hajnalka Csorbai, Strategic Director, and Gergely Ferenczi, Director of the Company Information Business Unit.
BUSINESS TRANSFORMATION AWARD
Generali views business transformation for sustainability as a conscious investment in the future.
The award was received by Dániel Imre Orosz, Head of the Strategic Management Department.
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CONGRATULATIONS TO THE WINNERS!