The History of the DuPont Safety and Sustainability Awards

After celebrating the 12th edition of the DuPont Safety Awards in Wilmington/USA in 2015, DuPont announced the opening of the bi-annual global Awards Submissions,

The bi-annual DuPont Safety and Sustainability Awards welcomes entries from all companies, individuals or organisations that can demonstrate significant achievements in safety, sustainability and operations excellence.  The independent jury selects the winners for the three individual prizes:

  • The DuPont Safety Award
  • The DuPont Sustainability Award
  • The DuPont Operations Excellence Award

History of the DuPont Safety and Sustainability Awards:
 

The first edition of the DuPont Safety Awards was launched in 2002 with the purpose of stimulating individual or collective initiatives for safety enhancement and accident prevention, in the EMEA region. The Award was given to Plan Barajas, a corporate entity belonging to AENA (Aeropuertos Españoles y Navegación Aérea) in charge of the extension of Madrid Barajas airport. The jury remarked the AENA contribution to enhance safety and accident prevention with the design and implementation of a coordinated project in which the combined participation of the company, the workers and their respective trade unions yielded a performance significantly superior to the national average of this sector.

The second edition, in 2003, received entries from countries such as Germany, Spain, France, Italy, Finland and the United Kingdom and was won by the German company Deutsche Post for its "Safe Hitching Makes Good Sense" accident prevention program. Deutsche Post World Net is one of the leading logistics groups worldwide. With their brands “Deutsche Post”, “DHL” and “Postbank” they offer a wide range of first-class services to their customers around the globe. The jury remarked that the implementation of this safety program at Deutsche Post has led to a sharp drop in the number of accidents. Also, it was noticed particularly that there had been no fatalities since the program was introduced.

During the 3rd edition of the DuPont Safety Award, in 2004, we received an outstanding number of projects from across the EMEA region, mainly from Austria, France, Germany, Hungary, Kuwait, Norway, Russia, Spain, Switzerland and The United Kingdom. The winner was Motorola Flensburg Health Promotion Program, from Motorola GmbH Flensburg (Germany). The project is based on the assumption that effective health and safety management needs to pursue an integrated approach based on a number of measures tailored to the specific risk profile of an organization. Health promotion has to be anchored in a variety of places throughout the organization, whereby employee involvement is an essential ingredient of a successful program. At the same time, the program requires and supports employee commitment and responsibility, since in many instances involvement takes place on a voluntary basis. The advantage for the company is higher productivity, reduction of absenteeism and employee motivation.

The 2005 DuPont Safety Awards ceremony took place in Geneva on November 17th. The awards’ winners in the 5 categories were:

  • Alcoa Fastening Systems Europe, France, for Performance Improvement
  • Aluminium Norf GmbH, Germany, for Cultural Evolution
  • AMEC Group Limited, UK, for Innovative Approach
  • Borealis, Denmark, for Business Impact
  • Mondi Packaging Paper Steti, Czech Republic, for Felt Leadership

The 2006 DuPont Safety Awards ceremony took place in Geneva on October 26th. The awards’ winners in the 5 categories were:

  • Danone Biscuits Division, France, for Felt Leadership
  • Hadeed Saudi Iron & Steel Company, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, for Cultural Evolution
  • Nissan Motor Manufacturing UK Ltd., UK, for Business Impact
  • OMV Aktiengesellschaft, Austria, for Innovative Approach
  • U.S. Steel Kosice, Slovakia, for Performance Improvement

The 2007 DuPont Safety Awards ceremony took place in Geneva on October 18th. The awards’ winners in the 5 categories were:

  • Addax Petroleum, Switzerland, for Cultural Evolution
  • E.ON Benelux, The Netherlands, for Performance Improvement
  • Endesa, Spain, for Sustainable Business Impact
  • Scottish Power Energy Networks, Scotland, for Innovative Approach
  • Sonae Sierra, Portugal, for Visible Management Commitment

The 2008 DuPont Safety Awards ceremony took place in Geneva on October 9th. The awards’ winners in the 5 categories were:

  • Colas, France, for Business Impact
  • Deutsche Post, Germany, for Innovative Approach
  • Firmenich, Switzerland, for Visible Management Commitment
  • Karachaganak Petroleum Operating, Kazakhstan, for Performance Improvement
  • Saipem, Italy, for Cultural Evolution

The 2009 DuPont Safety Awards ceremony took place in Düsseldorf on November 4th. The awards’ winners in the 5 categories were:

  • Borealis, Germany and Austria, for Sustainable Business Impact
  • British Sugar, England, for Innovative Approach
  • Danone, France, for Performance Improvement
  • Egyptian LNG, Egypt, for Cultural Evolution
  • Maintenance Directorate of London Underground, England, for Visible Management Commitment

The 2010 DuPont Safety Awards ceremony took place in Geneva on November 26th and 27th. The awards’ winners in the 5 categories were:

  • Isastur, Spain, for Innovative Approach
  • Petrom, Romania, for Sustainable Business Impact
  • PSA, France, for Performance Improvement
  • Reliance Industries Limited, India & Africa, for Visible Management Commitment
  • Titan, Greece, for Cultural Evolution

Joint press-releases were issued by DuPont and the winners, and this event was featured in trade publications, websites and newspapers across Europe, Middle-East and Africa.

The 2011 DuPont Safety Awards ceremony took place in Istanbul on September 12th during the XIX World Congress on Safety and Health at Work. The award winners in the 5 categories were:

  • Anglo American Plc, South Africa, for Visible Management Commitment
  • Cemex UK Operations, UK, for Innovative Approach
  • Dutco Balfour, United Arab Emirates, for Sustainable Business Impact
  • Egypt Basic Industries Corporation, Egypt, for Cultural Evolution
  • Emirates Aluminium Co, United Arab Emirates, for Performance Improvement

Joint press-releases were issued by DuPont and the winners, and this event was featured in trade publications, websites and newspapers throughout Europe, Middle-East and Africa.

The 2013 DuPont Safety Awards ceremony took place in Dubai on September 24th of that year. The award winners were:

  • Adana Cement Industry, Turkey, for Safety Performance Improvement
  • ADMA, United Arab Emirates, for Innovative Approach to Safety
  • AES Kyivoblenergo, Ukraine, for Visible Management Commitment to Safety
  • Kuwait Petroleum International, Kuwait, for Sustainable Corporate Footprint
  • Arcelor Mittal Temirtau, Kazakhstan, for Cultural Evolution in Safety or Sustainability
  • Engro Fertilizers, Pakistan, for Stakeholder Engagement for Sustainability

Joint press-releases were issued by DuPont and the winners, and this event was featured in trade publications and newspapers, on Twitter and websites throughout Europe, Middle-East and Africa and broadcasted on CNBC.

The 2015 DuPont Safety & Sustainability Awards ceremony took plae in Wilmington, Delaware (USA) on October 12th. The new format of the awards was unveiled, with a global winner and two regional winners having been announced for the three categories:

Safety Award:

  • Global Winner – Ethylene XXI Contractors SAPI de CV
  • Regional Winner, EMEA – Diageo
  • Regional Winner, AP – Aurizon
Sustainability Award:
  • Global Winner – Versa Drives Pvt. Ltd.
  • Regional Winner, EMEA – Heerema Marine Contractors
  • Regional Winner, Americas – Grifols Therapeutics Inc.
Operational Excellence Award:
  • Global Winner – Gulf Drilling International 
  • Regional Winner, Americas – Firmenich North America

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