• Starting now: online submissions accepted for the new sustainability awards of the promotional products industry

• Awards in eight categories to be presented in autumn 2015

Corporate social responsibility, environmental responsibility, economic responsibility: sustainability is a topic that’s gaining steadily in importance in the promotional products industry. With the new PSI Sustainability Awards launching in autumn 2015, the Promotional Product Service Institute (PSI) will offer reliable proof of sustainability in the industry. PSI members as well as non-members may apply online starting now.

They can enter a product, a campaign or their company as a whole. The award presentation will take place at a gala event in autumn 2015.

There are numerous legally mandated reviews, verifications and certificates necessary to bring a product to market in accordance with the law. Oftentimes, however, they don’t reveal much about its sustainability, because the sustainability of a product can only be assessed on the basis of voluntary additional benefits, checks and objective controls. Separate certificates authenticate each of these aspects. Keeping up with this hotchpotch can be exceedingly difficult. Now the PSI Sustainability Awards promise relief. The awards will evaluate companies, in-house initiatives, products and campaigns according to the three pillars of CSR and sustainability: economy, environment and social impact. Competing in eight categories, participants will be assigned a score based on an objective scoring system and the opinions of a jury of experts.

Categories, terms and conditions of participation, and scoring system

Starting this year, the PSI Sustainability Awards will be presented in eight categories: Economic Excellence, Ecological Excellence, Social Excellence, Ecological Initiative of the Year, Social Initiative of the Year, Product, Campaign and Sustainable Company of the Year 2015. Participation is open to all companies from the promotional products sector from Germany and abroad, i.e. both PSI members and non-members. Manufacturers, importers, and promotional products agencies and distributors are eligible to enter all categories online. In addition, users and designers are eligible to participate in the Product and Campaign categories.

Submissions will be evaluated using a two-part system. First, all uploaded certificates will be assigned a score using a predefined scoring system. Key point: the more demanding the profile of a certificate, the higher the score. In addition, the type of company – manufacturer or importer, for example – will be considered, as will the size of the company and the production location or production facilities. A jury of experts will assign scores in the categories Ecological Initiative of the Year, Social Initiative of the Year, Product and Campaign. The sum total of all points determines which companies will be honoured with the PSI Sustainability Award in the various categories. Participation fees range from 190 to 230 euros for PSI members and 380 to 460 euros for non-members.

The award presentation

A big celebration is set for autumn 2015: that’s when the highest-scoring companies will be honoured with the PSI Sustainability Awards at a festive gala event. Winners will be recognised in all eight categories. For additional information about entering and participating in the awards, please visit: www.psi-awards.de.

About PSI
At PSI, the Leading European Trade Fair of the Promotional Products Industry, promotional products professionals will be able to gain an overview of the trends and innovations of the industry. It will also offer special exhibits and show areas where topics such as promotional labelling, printing and finishing technologies as well as inventions and innovations will be taken up and looked at in greater depth. At PSI 2015, 873 exhibitors from 38 nations presented their companies to 16,290 visitors. PSI 2016 will take place in Düsseldorf from 13 to 15 January.