DAW nominated for German Sustainability Award

Highest award for sustainability in Germany

Ober-Ramstadt, 10th August 2017 (DAW) – Because of its outstanding performance - particularly in the field of product application - the building paints manufacturer, DAW SE, has been nominated for the German Sustainability Award in the "Medium-sized Company" category, together with eight other companies. This means that DAW has prevailed against hundreds of other contestants in a demanding selection procedure and convinced a top-class jury of experts. The nomination marks the beginning of the second stage of the competition in which DAW's commitment is examined in depth. The award will be presented on 8th December 2017 in Düsseldorf.

The German Sustainability Award (Deutsche Nachhaltigkeitspreis [DNP]) is the most renowned award for sustainability in Germany and it celebrates its tenth anniversary in 2017. Under the patronage of the Federal President, Frank-Walther Steinmeier, pioneers and pacemakers of sustainability will be honoured as the best in their relevant fields. The objective of the award is to promote sustainable development in Germany and to help to consolidate the principles of corporate social responsibility in public perception. Since 2008, the award has been presented to companies that combine exemplary economic success with social responsibility and environmental conservation.   

Bettina Klump-Bickert, Head of Sustainability Management at DAW, is proud of the nomination: "The German Sustainability Award is the highest honour for sustainability in Germany - there is no better award. With the nomination, we are now amongst the nine most sustainable German companies in the 'Medium-sized company' category." In their reasoning, which is published on the website of the German Sustainability Award, the jury was particularly impressed by the commitment to renewable raw materials used in the company's products.

"As a family company run by its owners and with our corporate orientation over many generations, we put a special value on harmonising economic success with ecological and social demands," adds Bettina Klump-Bickert. "With us, sustainability is established throughout all departments and it 'has a finger in every pie'. Since 2010, we have had a sustainability strategy which was consolidated last year using a materiality process."

Along with the "Sustainable Enterprise", the action fields of the DAW sustainability strategy are the "Sustainable Building" and "Products". Dr. Christoph Hahner, responsible within the DAW Executive Board for Research & Development, explained the sustainable product philosophy: "Our innovation strategy follows the guiding principles of aesthetics, functionality, ecology and energy efficiency." He is certain that the use of renewable raw materials and climate topics will play an increasingly greater role going forward. DAW has therefore launched product lines for the professional worker (Caparol CapaGeo) and for the DIY customer (Alpina Klima-Weiss) onto the paints market which are specially orientated to sustainability.

Since its foundation in 1895, DAW has been regarded as an innovative supplier of environmentally friendly products and services that is very conscious of health aspects.  The company wants to expand its contribution towards sustainable economic activities which are also compatible for the future. In terms of sustainability, DAW has set itself the target of taking up a forerunner role in its industrial field.

With this nomination, Bettina Klump-Bickert has taken her company a huge step towards this objective, especially as it is the first building paints manufacturer that has been nominated for the German Sustainability Award. 

Ober-Ramstadt, 10th August 2017 (DAW) – Because of its outstanding performance - particularly in the field of product application - the building paints manufacturer, DAW SE, has been nominated for the German Sustainability Award in the "Medium-sized Company" category, together with eight other companies. This means that DAW has prevailed against hundreds of other contestants in a demanding selection procedure and convinced a top-class jury of experts. The nomination marks the beginning of the second stage of the competition in which DAW's commitment is examined in depth. The award will be presented on 8th December 2017 in Düsseldorf.

The German Sustainability Award (Deutsche Nachhaltigkeitspreis [DNP]) is the most renowned award for sustainability in Germany and it celebrates its tenth anniversary in 2017. Under the patronage of the Federal President, Frank-Walther Steinmeier, pioneers and pacemakers of sustainability will be honoured as the best in their relevant fields. The objective of the award is to promote sustainable development in Germany and to help to consolidate the principles of corporate social responsibility in public perception. Since 2008, the award has been presented to companies that combine exemplary economic success with social responsibility and environmental conservation.   

Bettina Klump-Bickert, Head of Sustainability Management at DAW, is proud of the nomination: "The German Sustainability Award is the highest honour for sustainability in Germany - there is no better award. With the nomination, we are now amongst the nine most sustainable German companies in the 'Medium-sized company' category." In their reasoning, which is published on the website of the German Sustainability Award, the jury was particularly impressed by the commitment to renewable raw materials used in the company's products.

"As a family company run by its owners and with our corporate orientation over many generations, we put a special value on harmonising economic success with ecological and social demands," adds Bettina Klump-Bickert. "With us, sustainability is established throughout all departments and it 'has a finger in every pie'. Since 2010, we have had a sustainability strategy which was consolidated last year using a materiality process."

Along with the "Sustainable Enterprise", the action fields of the DAW sustainability strategy are the "Sustainable Building" and "Products". Dr. Christoph Hahner, responsible within the DAW Executive Board for Research & Development, explained the sustainable product philosophy: "Our innovation strategy follows the guiding principles of aesthetics, functionality, ecology and energy efficiency." He is certain that the use of renewable raw materials and climate topics will play an increasingly greater role going forward. DAW has therefore launched product lines for the professional worker (Caparol CapaGeo) and for the DIY customer (Alpina Klima-Weiss) onto the paints market which are specially orientated to sustainability.

Since its foundation in 1895, DAW has been regarded as an innovative supplier of environmentally friendly products and services that is very conscious of health aspects.  The company wants to expand its contribution towards sustainable economic activities which are also compatible for the future. In terms of sustainability, DAW has set itself the target of taking up a forerunner role in its industrial field.

With this nomination, Bettina Klump-Bickert has taken her company a huge step towards this objective, especially as it is the first building paints manufacturer that has been nominated for the German Sustainability Award.