The jury – high-level competence for a final decision that is not susceptible to any influence!
In the globally unique, three-stage awarding process for ecologically sustainable brands, the final decision lies with the jury members. They voluntarily check all submitted validation documents – including the respective evaluations – and make an independent decision.
The jury is composed of high-ranking representatives from business, science, media, agencies, and environmental associations. We are pleased to introduce here the jury members of the current process in Austria:
Mag. Stephan Blahut
General Secretary Austrian Trade Association
If companies want to take more and more full responsibility for their Footprints, they need guidance and support in identifying sustainable, resource-efficient producers and products without any doubt. The GREEN BRANDS are the compass. They point the way on the basis of a critical, comprehensive, documented and honest examination. Companies and products that are approved by GREEN BRANDS are without doubt among the lighthouse projects of our time.
Dr. Andrea Grimm
Head of the “Green Marketing” course at the FH Wiener Neustadt, Wieselburg Campus.
For a first-class education of experts in the field of green marketing, best practice examples, as they can be found in GREEN BRANDS, are an indispensable pool of topics for the professional mediation around the topic of sustainable marketing and branding. But GREEN BRANDS also shows those interested in this first degree course in the European educational area the range of possible employers. We are also pleased to find cooperation partners from the economy with their performance.
I personally see GREEN BRANDS also as an essential contribution towards transparency, which is becoming increasingly important in times of constant growth of greenwashing.
Managing Director Klimabündnis Austria
It is undisputed that our environmentally harmful way of life and economy has triggered the climate crisis and has intensified it in recent decades. It is good that there are companies that are contributing to a more ecologically and socially sustainable economy and are offering alternatives to the crisis. They demonstrate that corporate action is well compatible with climate protection and fit for the future. GREEN BRANDS deals with a broad spectrum of such companies and regularly raises some of them in front of the curtain. The Klimabündnis supports this initiative and is pleased to be able to contribute to making good examples visible. All the best to the award winners and to a climate-friendly future!
Mag. Susanne Hasenhüttl
Scientific project manager at ÖGUT,
Expert in sustainable investments
The words “green” or “sustainable” have unfortunately degenerated over the years into buzzwords. This development makes it increasingly difficult for responsible consumers to recognise genuine ecological products. High-quality labels and quality marks should help, but there is already a whole flood of them. Unfortunately, many labels are not much more than “green coats”. Therefore, a brand like GREEN BRANDS, which demands a high ecological standard from companies and their products according to transparent criteria, is extremely important in order to provide consumers with a real decision-making aid.
Dr. Friedrich Hinterberger
President Sustainable Europe Research Institute (SERI),
Chairman of the Jury
As long as the state or the EU cannot bring itself to “prescribe” really comprehensive, practicable sustainability certification, private initiatives such as GREEN BRANDS will be needed to step into the breach. The GREEN BRANDS seal is awarded to companies and products that not only carry out individual environmental projects but are also environmentally friendly as a whole. It is my concern to award companies and products that do not yet play in the still much too small TOP league of the Zotters, Guglers or Waldviertlers and thus help to spread the topic of “ecological sustainability” from the niche to the broadest possible audience.
Editor of oliv. the magazine for ” die grünen Seiten des Lebens“
It is sensible and important that manufacturing companies not only produce “green” end products, but also check and trim their entire processes for sustainability. This is the only way to ensure that the entire value chain can be optimized in this direction. GREEN BRANDS offers companies a strong and independent tool to check and evaluate the processes within a company. Repeated implementation makes progress measurable and also acts as motivation for the future.
Publisher & Editor-in-Chief of OEKONEWS and
Managing Director Holler Communications GesmbH
GREEN BRANDS not only stand for sustainable brands, but also mean taking ecological responsibility for the environment, for the efficient use of resources, for lower water consumption, for appropriate social standards and more. The three-step award and verification process – at different levels – ensures that the compliance with necessary criteria is checked in a correspondingly transparent manner.
Managing Director Agentur good for brands
Do good and talk about it!
We all know this PR wisdom and it is probably especially true in a sustainable context. However, it is advisable to only tell stories that are true and easy to verify. Since consumers have become a responsible force in the sustainability discourse and are also perceived as powerful decision-makers, transparent and strong verification procedures are more important than ever. Responsible consumption is only possible if environmentally and socially compatible products are actually available. Companies in the green economy face up to this verifiability and it is precisely this commitment that critical consumers appreciate. In the ideal case, this closes the circle of sustainable action. A nice, round sustainable story? Unfortunately not quite. There is still a long way to go if we want to hand this world on to future generations in a responsible manner. The GREEN BRANDS 2018 make a valuable contribution to this. – That’s it!
CSR Company International
Consumers need something to orient themselves by if they want to shop in an environmentally conscious and socially just manner. After all, consumers are the strongest of all players in the market to advance these issues, even if this has only been done marginally so far. Green Brands fills a gap here, which not only allows consumers to make a conscious purchase decision but also shows companies a way to meet these demands. Green Brand is therefore one of the few win-win situations in this area. That is why I am also very happy to be a member of the jury.
Dr. Christian Plas
Managing director, denkstatt GmbH
In the middle of a jungle (or: with the current diversity of the product range) of products as well as various labels and quality seals that accompany these products, it is often not easy for consumers to make the right purchase decision. Especially when it comes to questions of ecology, it is often impossible to form one’s own opinion without extensive research. GREEN BRANDS tries to meet the consumers with their need for “responsible consumption” and to provide answers. With a system that is as transparent as possible, those brands are brought before the curtain that have already comprehensively integrated environmentally relevant questions into their corporate concept. The complicated selection process, consisting of measurable evaluations and discussion in the jury, attempts to do justice to the complexity of the task.
Prof. Dr. René Schmidpeter
Austrian Council for Sustainable Development
Shaping the future together: In view of the current global social, but also economic challenges, it is time to realign business models. In a way that minimizes the negative effects and maximizes the positive effects for society. Current empirical studies show that companies that integrate the key sustainability issues into their business model have significantly higher risk-adjusted returns. These findings make me confident that the GREEN BRANDS are on the right track to overcome the old oppositional thinking between profit and sustainability and thus make the most of the current opportunities of economic transformation.
Editor of BIORAMA, author of the books ” Ein guter Tag hat 100 Punkte. … und andere alltagstaugliche Ideen für eine bessere Welt” as well as “100 Punkte Tag für Tag” and editor of the book series “Leben auf Sicht” (Residenz Verlag)
GREEN BRANDS convinced me – after initial scepticism – above all because its criteria are not only non-negotiable, but above all because it offers consumers orientation even in sectors where there are no other established quality seals. The fact that award-winning GREEN BRANDS are repeatedly re-evaluated and tested guarantees credibility, as does the fact that companies are thereby encouraged and encouraged to improve their own “being good”. More is always possible. But consumers must also reward this. And this is exactly where GREEN BRANDS comes in as a link, which is developing magnificently as a private certification system.
Managing Director WeberMedia, publisher of bioMagazin and Magazin ZukunftsBranchen
Let us imagine a world without sustainability – industry made of solid pipes, agriculture with all means and a life up to the limit. This is easy and quickly profitable. Supermarket chains would not have organic goods, companies would not equip roofs with solar cells, parking lots would not have bee meadows and transports would not have to be free of pollutants…
And yet there are companies that make the best possible effort to do things “differently” – even if at first glance it may seem like small steps. And it is exactly these steps that distinguish the GREEN BRANDS – walking distances and leaving the smallest possible footprint. This should actually be “normal”.