On 16 September the TRIGOS Austria award was presented at the MARX Palast in Vienna. We’re delighted and proud to say that our efforts to promote regional value generation and sustainability have been recognised and honoured with the TRIGOS Austria award in the “Regional Value Creation” category, having previously won the TRIGOS Carinthia award.
TRIGOS is Austria’s most prestigious award for responsible business practices and was first presented in 2004. In such an uncertain time, role models are needed who view the crisis as an opportunity. More than ever, it’s important to focus on business leaders who have taken on a leading role and served as a shining light for responsible business practices and sustainability, making a considerable contribution to the future of Austria’s economy, society and environment.
Companies that win the TRIGOS award demonstrate a commitment to responsible practices in their core business activities, launch innovative initiatives, policies and projects which push the boundaries of the state of the art, and contribute to the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
The Covid-19 pandemic has increased awareness of the importance of sustainability, as shown most recently by the record number of entries in this year’s TRIGOS awards. A 12-person jury, consisting of experts in science, civil society and economics, followed a two-stage process to whittle 166 entries down to 18 businesses, from which a winner was chosen for each TRIGOS category:
“Climate Protection” category: SynCraft Engineering GmbH
“International Engagement” Category: MED-EL Elektromedizinische Geräte GmbH
“Employee Initiatives” category: Fahnen-Gärtner GmbH
“Regional Value Creation” category: PMS Elektro- und Automationstechnik GmbH – for the PMS Lavanttal Technology Centre, which gives talented youngsters exciting future career prospects and where action has been taken to stem the flow of young people away from the region and to make the area a more attractive place to work.
“Social Innovation & Future Challenges” category: Unverschwendet GmbH
“Exemplary Projects” category: Österreichische Kontrollbank AG
Our project, the “PMS Lavanttal Technology Centre”, demonstrated conclusively to the jury that our company offers an exciting future for talented young people looking to kickstart their professional engineering careers. This visionary approach has created a regional innovation centre, and our partnership with the Carinthia University of Applied Sciences means degree programmes combining professional training with university studies can be offered at our site, alongside our Innovation Workshop and Start-up Hubs. It represents part of a plan to stem the flow of young people away from the region and to reduce the negative impacts of this phenomenon, including an ageing population and declining attractiveness of the area as a place to work, which in turn will lead to more people moving away. So PMS is boosting the region’s development in the long term and building bridges between science, education and the economy.
Winning this award is a clear sign of recognition and appreciation for our efforts to grow our business, address new issues and tackle new challenges whenever they arise. We’re proud to count on the support of the state of Carinthia, the regional economy and all 9 districts of the Lavanttal valley with this initiative. But we also know that it is only possible thanks to the outstanding commitment, hard work and team spirit shown by every single one of our staff! So we’d like to take this opportunity to express our huge gratitude to all our employees.