Meet the winners of our More than a Market Awards 2021!
For the sixth time the German Chamber of Commerce in China and the German diplomatic missions hosted the CSR initiative’s highlight event, the More than a Market Awards Gala on 16 September 2021 in Shanghai. Out of the 74 submitted projects in five award categories, 19 were shortlisted finalists. The Awards Gala was moderated by Brigitte Wolff, President at EIM Executive Interim Management China and Dr. Sigrid Winkler, Executive Chamber Manager at the German Chamber of Commerce in China | Shanghai, with opening remarks by Maximilian Butek, Executive Director at the German Chamber of Commerce in China | Shanghai. We were extremely honored to welcome Pit Heltmann, the new Consul General of the Federal Republic of Germany in Shanghai who highlighted the importance for companies to include CSR into daily business.
Please find the brochures with full project introductions here in English and Chinese.
“More than a Market highlights how German companies in China make a difference with inspiring projects. It also underscores the increasing need to approach CSR in a comprehensive way and integrate it in all aspects of daily life.”
Pit Heltmann, Consul General of Germany in Shanghai
In the Awards Category “Education” Covestro China received an award for their project “Covestro MagicMaterial School.” The award was presented by Pit Heltmann, Consul General of the Federal Republic of Germany in Shanghai. Covestro China leveraged its technology and material expertise to create a Covestro science classroom in the Zhelin School, a local elementary and high school located in the Fengxian district, Shanghai for children of migrant workers ranging from six to sixteen years old. So far, the “MagicMaterial School” has reached 6,000 students and 10,000 people.
In the Awards Category “Environmental Protection” Trolli Guangzhou Confectionery Co., Ltd. was honored for their “Waste Water Treatment Plant (WWTP) Upgrading Project.” The award was presented by Callen Fang, Deputy CEO of Legal Center for NGO. Trolli Guangzhou Confectionery has worked closely with its partner vendors to upgrade wastewater treatment processes and enhance the processing capacity by installing new, high-efficiency equipment. As a result, the company has increased its capacity of wastewater treatment from 2.25 tons COD per day to 9.5 tons COD per day and is exploring new energy-saving solutions to achieve the ultimate goal: zero waste.
In the Awards Category “Diversity & Inclusion” Bosch Automotive Products (Suzhou) Co., Ltd. was awarded for their outstanding efforts in the company’s project “Hand in Hand-Caring Children with Autism.” The award was presented by Oliver Ye Yang, Trustee at Shanghai Soong Ching Ling Foundation. Bosch Automotive Products partnered with Sunflower; an organization dedicated to supporting children with autism. Bosch supports Sunflower by providing financial assistance, organizational skills and, training opportunities for the organization’s teachers. In the past four years, Bosch Suzhou has successfully held 235 events, involving more than 1,000 volunteers and 839 direct beneficiaries.
In the Awards Category “Sustainable Supply Chains” the jury honored BRUGGER Magnetsysteme GmbH and its “Increasing Sustainability in Magnet Supply Chains” project. The award was presented by Richard Zhang, CEO at Kern-Liebers Taicang and Board Member of the German Chamber of Commerce in China | Shanghai. BRUGGER Magnetsysteme decided to focus on the risks associated with rare earths because it was concerned about the consequences of its sourcing activities in China. In 2014, it launched a project to increase sustainability in magnet supply chains. The project team carried out initial audits and a comprehensive upstream supply-chain study and organized training sessions in Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR).
In this year’s Special Category “Jury Selection” ALDI CHINA has been selected for its “Cooperation with Food Bank to Avoid Food Waste.” The award was presented by Rolf Koehler, Principal at Koehler & Co and the German Chamber’s Honary Member and one of the founders of the More than a Market initiative. ALDI CHINA officially launched a partnership with Green Food Bank to reduce food waste and give back to the community. The project first started in the company’s warehouse on Tmall, where ALDI CHINA sorted food items close to their expiry date and donated them to the food bank. Through Green Food Bank’s distribution network in Shanghai, these food items were distributed to families in need, closing the gap between food surplus and food shortage.
“Sustainable Supply Chains”
BRUGGER Magnetsysteme GmbH
“Diversity & Inclusion”
Bosch Automotive Products (Suzhou) Co., Ltd.
Trolli Guangzhou Confectionery Co., Ltd.