Meet the winners of our More than a Market Awards 2016!
On 25 May 2016, for the first time, the German Chamber of Commerce in China | Shanghai, together with Bertelsmann Stiftung and supported by the German Consulate General Shanghai awarded the More than a Market Award to four German companies to honor their outstanding social engagement in Chinese society.
Between October 2015 and February 2016, German companies and organizations with operations in East China (i.e. the area of responsibility of the German Chamber in Shanghai) were invited to submit their applications. A Chinese-German jury carefully evaluated all 39 submitted projects and selected the winners for this year based on criteria such as relevance, creativity, transferability and sustainability.
Please download our press release here in English and Chinese.
Please find the brochures with full project introductions here (English and Chinese).
“We asked ourselves: The Chinese market is constantly changing, and while German companies enjoy an excellent reputation, can a focus on product quality alone ensure our competitiveness in the future?”
Bettina Schoen-Behanzin, Chairwoman of the German Chamber of Commerce in China Center | Shanghai
In the category “Small Enterprises (50-500 employees in China)”, Krones Machinery (Taicang) Co., Ltd. was chosen for its ongoing Apprentice Training Program. Krones has built an apprenticeship program that offers majors in the areas of mechatronics and cutting. The company aims to foster a tradition of vocational training in China as a way to guarantee the production of qualified work as well as to further increase employees’ loyalty to their company by empowering them and creating a culture of trust.
In the category “Medium Enterprises (500-10,000 employees)”, the exemplary engagement of Merck China for its School Water Project was recognized. This project started in 2012 with the goal of providing children in selected primary schools in Shanghai with safe drinking water and raising their awareness of environmental protection measures.
In the category “Large enterprises (more than 10,000 employees)”, Bayer (China) Ltd. received the award for its Bayer China Volunteer Association (BCVA). BCVA offers a platform that allows employees to initiate their own projects. The employees themselves can decide which issues they will focus on in Chinese society. Moreover, Bayer’s employees have the possibility to use their own expertise and skills to optimize the volunteering services.
In the category for “Collaborative Projects”, which applies to projects initiated by two or more German companies, Taicang Sino-German Handicapped Technology Co. Ltd. was selected. In the project Inclusion Factory Taicang more than 80 partners joined forces to establish a workshop, which is the first institution in China to give meaningful employment to mentally challenged individuals under real market conditions.
Taicang Sino-German Handicapped Technology Co. Ltd.
Bayer (China) Ltd.
Merck Chemicals (Shanghai) Co., Ltd.