When the world’s political and business leaders convened again in Davos in January 2024, many other events and initiatives were also be held around the World Economic Forum. One of them were the CSO Awards/24 bestowed by Futur/io on 15 January, which honored the exceptional commitment and achievements of Chief Sustainability Officers in European companies. We were part of the event as a sponsor and attended together with Pool – Sparring with the Future, a joint venture between Mazars and Murmann Publishers.
Sustainable economic development is an important cornerstone of healthy growth. Chief sustainability officers are the key players driving the success of such projects, especially in terms of strategy, coordination, and impetus. We feel that these efforts and achievements must be recognised and rewarded. For this reason, Mazars was a supporter of the CSO Awards/24.
As a strong partner, we guide companies on their sustainability journey and help them meet today’s challenges. The institute Pool addresses the issues of trend analysis and stakeholder engagement in a unique way to guide companies in preparing for the future. Both complement each other in a symbiotic way: Pool helps by identifying the major issues of tomorrow in a visionary manner, and by deciphering complex issues and in doing so connecting companies with stakeholders – Mazars offers advisory and audit services related to sustainability with a profound know-how of the current needs and strategic challenges.
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It was an inspiring evening acknowledging special sustainable commitment, celebrated in the Berghotel Schatz with its breathtaking view: Futur/io honored the outstanding achievements of selected Chief Sustainability Officers from renowned European companies and presented them with awards. The continuous change in the economy towards responsible corporate governance can only succeed through people like these winners and special mentions of this evening. They are the engine of change in companies and a pillar for a green future. Exciting conversations and making new connections completed a wonderful event.
You can find a few impressions of the event in this video:
Read the latest from Davos regarding the CSO Awards/24:
16/01/2024 – Big congratulations to the winners
The CSO Awards/24 by Futur/io are over and go to:
#1: Rebecca Marmot, CSO, Unilever
#2: Karen Pflug, CSO, Ingka Group (Ikea)
#3: Daniella Vega, Global Senior Vice President Health & Sustainability, Ahold Delhaize
Peer Award: Arthur Schneider, Head of Sustainability Management, Bechtle Group
There were also four Special Mentions from among the 20 nominees who stood out through special achievements:
Linda Freiner, Group Head of Sustainability, Zurich Insurance
Catharina Belfrage Sahlstrand, Group Head of Sustainability, Handelsbanken
Andreas Wade, Head of Sustainability, Viessmann
Petra Wicklandt, Head of Corporate Sustainability, Merck
We congratulate all four winners and are especially happy for Petra Wicklandt from Merck and Arthur Schneider from Bechtle, both long-standing clients of Stakeholder Reporting, part of Mazars.
05/12/2023 – Meet the 20 nominees
The time has come: the 20 nominees for the CSO Awards/24 from Futur/io have now been announced – including Chief Sustainability Officers from well-known companies such as L'Oréal, Louis Vuitton, Danone, Beiersdorf, Unilever, Henkel, BNP Paribas CIB, Bechtle Group, Merck and the Santander Group. The thrill is rising to see who will take home an award. Learn more: https://csoawards.eu/
16/11/2023 – These are the Top 100 European CSOs
As of today, the Top 100 have been announced: Learn more about the European Chief Sustainability Officers who have demonstrated outstanding achievements in corporate sustainability initiatives through their thought leadership. The following criteria were important for the selection: More than one billion Euro annual turnover and/or more than 10,000 employees, no companies from the oil and gas industry or related sectors and no consulting firms, tax auditors or government/public institutions. Find out more: https://csoawards.eu/top-100-european-csos/
14/11/2023 – Meet the Nomination Committee
A total of twelve Futur/io faculty members and partners will nominate 20 European Chief Sustainability Officers for outstanding commitment. The Nomination Committee, chaired by Marc Buckley, EU ESG Expert and UN Advisor and SDG Advocate among other roles, is made up of a notable group of experts, including Michael Winter, CEO of Pool - Sparring mit der Zukunft, a joint venture between Mazars and Murmann Publishers. Read more: https://csoawards.eu/
The demands placed on corporate governance these days are immense. And issues such as climate change, environmental protection, and nature conservation as well as the rights of humans and their role in our world are becoming increasingly important. Sustainability is the focus of not only stakeholders, investors, and politicians, but also of potential and existing employees, customers, and the general public. A sustainable supply chain thereby becomes the fundamental prerequisite for conscientious corporate management.
Unsere heutige Welt stellt Entscheidungsträger*innen vor neue Herausforderungen wie z. B. den Klimawandel, die digitale Transformation u. v. a. m. Die Entwicklung dieser Themen steckt den zukünftigen Handlungsspielraum der Unternehmen ab. Pool führt Entscheidungsträger*innen aus der Wirtschaft mit einem globalen Expert*innen-Netzwerk zusammen, die mit anderen Augen auf wichtige Zukunftsthemen schauen und deren Entwicklung professionell bewerten.