Strong partners for a strong award
Sustainability is a topic that affects us all. Sustainable entrepreneurship is THE topic of today and will have a decisive impact on tomorrow. It is now already apparent that sustainable entrepreneurship will become a guiding principle, a kind of lifestyle. People are placing demands on their private, professional and social environments, and these include very specific expectations that also affect companies.
The actions of sustainable entrepreneurs and organisations are just as future oriented as the core principle of sustainability. This is why the sea is endorsed by renowned experts and organisations.
We would like to express our thanks.
Sponsors for categories
Raiffeisen Climate Protection Initiative – Sponsor for the Climate, Environment & Energy category
The Raiffeisen Klimaschutz-Initiative (Raiffeisen Climate Protection Initiative, RKI) has been a platform and source of inspiration for measures in the areas of sustainability, climate protection, energy efficiency and renewable resources as well as corporate responsibility. The 24 RKI members are Raiffeisen organisations that assume responsibility for the environment, act as role models and make a substantial contribution towards climate protection in this way. RKI specifically supports projects whose objective is climate protection. The numerous projects that have already been realised include energy saving days, a company car scheme, awareness-raising programmes for employees, and even financial products.
Safe Invest - Sponsor for the Development & Services category
Safe Invest has more than 20 years of experience and is one of the leading financial service providers in the central European region. The company has been able to constantly expand its market share by continuously developing further, by promoting its employees and executives and with the help of a clear strategic focus.
We are especially proud of our independence; Safe Invest is not partially owned by any bank or investment firm, and we are therefore completely free when it comes to choosing our product partners as well as our products and services. We select the best products on the market and develop innovative, exclusive products to be able to provide our employees and our customers with the best possible product solutions.
ERSTE Bank - Sponsor for „Integration & Social work“
Erste Bank und Sparkassen is the largest provider of financial services in Austria. Around 14,000 staff attend to more than 3 million customers at over 1,000 branches and 182 banking service points. Its market share in Austria is around 30%.
Erste Group is the leading financial services provider in Central and Eastern Europe. Around 50,000 employees serve 17 million clients in 3,100 branches in 8 countries (Austria, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Romania, Hungary, Croatia, Serbia, Ukraine). As of 30 September 2012 Erste Group has reached EUR 217.0 billion in total assets, an operating result of EUR 2,618.5 million and a cost-income-ratio of 51.9%.
BFI Wien - Sponsor for the Knowledge & Education category
“Well-trained people are satisfied employees. And satisfied employees are every company’s guarantee for long-term success. We are proud to support Austrian companies and the Austrian economy with the most important resource there is: people who take pleasure in developing further and in learning.” Valerie Höllinger, managing director of BFI Wien.
BFI Wien is the market leader for professional training and further training in Vienna. Its offer comprises more than 3,000 training courses each year for more than 45,000 private customers and businesses.
The Austrian Foreign Trade Organisation, AUSSENWIRTSCHAFT AUSTRIA, has a worldwide network of offices and is, as part of the Austrian Chamber of Commerce, the service provider in the area of foreign trade. We provide the Austrian industry with business opportunities abroad and get new companies to do business internationally. We provide our customers with information on export markets, we present Austrian companies abroad, we introduce business partners to each other, we offer advice regarding business deals – from conception to completion – and help to find solutions to problems.
WIENER STÄDTISCHE VERSICHERUNGSVEREIN
The Wiener Städtische Versicherungsverein is the main shareholder of the Vienna Insurance Group (VIG) and supports the group in all cultural and social issues. It attaches great importance to transnational cultural exchange, which creates the space and environment necessary for cultural development. The activities of socially committed organisations, especially in those CEE countries in which the Vienna Insurance Group operates, are supported through cooperations and initiatives.
INNOVATIONSMANAGER magazine is a central journalistic platform for companies of all sizes and in all sectors, for researchers in many fields and, last but not least, for organisations and students concerned with issues such as innovation, innovation management and innovation culture. INNOVATIONSMANAGER brings together cutting-edge findings and research in highly competent and practically oriented articles, and promotes the contact and communication between the various protagonists in the vast field of innovation culture.
SUCCEED is the first European business magazine with Austrian roots that focuses specifically on Central, Eastern and South-Eastern Europe. The development of this economic area will highly dynamic in the years and decades to come. These markets are of key importance to Austrian and international companies.
UNTERNEHMER is THE business magazine for Austria’s self-employed elite – executives, decision-makers & opinion leaders in Austrian SMEs. UNTERNEHMER is published six times a year and offers a source of independent, solution- and service-oriented information – from real life for real life. A wide range of topics; specially tailored to companies with 300 staff or less.
UEAPME represents the interests of European crafts, trades and SMEs at EU level by participating in the social dialogue and discussions with EU institutions. UEAPME is a non-profit and non-partisan organisation. As the European SME umbrella organisation, UEAPME incorporates 82 member organisations consisting of national and intersectoral associations. UEAPME represents more than 12 million companies, which employ around 55 million people across Europe.
The Bertelsmann Stiftung is dedicated to serving the common good. It executes projects in its four core areas of education, business and social affairs, health, and international relations, and strives to promote peaceful coexistence among the world's diverse cultures. Through the example of its civic engagement, it wants to encourage others to support their own communities as well. Founded in 1977 as a registered charity, the Bertelsmann Stiftung is majority shareholder of Bertelsmann AG. Structured as a private operating foundation, it is politically nonpartisan and works independently of Bertelsmann AG.
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RCC is the third-largest PR agency, specialising in change processes, strategic communication, and sparring as well as networking. The agency’s owner, Wolfgang Rosam, has more than thirty years’ market experience and has supported many important communications processes for companies like Erste Bank, Vienna Insurance Group, Hofer etc. as well as the Republic of Austria (Austria’s EU entry and the introduction of the Euro).
Wolfgang Rosam on SEA: “Sustainability has never been as important as it is today. No company or organisation can now afford to operate or make strategic decisions without considering the sustainability aspect. That is why we are an enthusiastic supporter of SEA.”
Ashoka is the first and largest international organisation for the promotion of social entrepreneurs – women and men with innovative concepts that strive to solve social problems. Founded in 1980, Ashoka is now active in almost 70 countries, beginning its operations in Austria in January 2011. Ashoka brings groups of social entrepreneurs together and helps them to become more visible, creates networks, and provides advice and financial support. EVERYONE A CHANGEMAKER is the motto by which Ashoka promotes social innovations.