IKOM Award 2018 for Alberdingk Boley
‘We got the Special Environmental Award for our products, which are environmentally friendly binders based on water instead of solvents’, explains CEO Thomas Hackenberg. The event took place on 13th June, 2018 at the Technical University of Munich (TUM). The 'IKOM Award for Employers of the Future' is Germany's first student-initiated award for employers. The student group IKOM at the Technical University of Munich chooses the winners in cooperation with the Bavarian Industry Association vbw and TUM.
About the IKOM award
Franz Josef Pschierer, the Bavarian Minister of Economic Affairs, is the honorary patron of the IKOM Awards. ‘When looking at potential employers, students are increasingly interested in business ethics and sustainability. But in many cases, companies with a strong sense of corporate responsibility, especially small and medium sized enterprises, go almost unnoticed. To remedy this situation, IKOM, a not-for-profit student initiative promote contacts between students and companies, established the award. The jury, made up of representatives from the student body, the world of science and research, the business community and the media, applies the following criteria: A focus on values and sustainability, a commitment to Germany as a place for doing business, entrepreneurial continuity and good opportunities for recent graduates to start their careers and move up the ladder’, explains Niclas-Alexander Mauß of IKOM.
Interview withThomas Hackenberg
At the awards ceremony with 200 guests in attendance, half students, half business people, scientists, politicians and members of society at large, Thomas Hackenberg and Martina Bielen were delighted to receive the award for Alberdingk Boley. ‘With our application we could convince against strong competition the jury. This prize is only possible because of the highly-motivated people working for Alberdingk Boley. We are proud about the IKOM-Award as employers of the future. It shows we are on the right way, and that we are interesting also for the next generation. In fact, we have created a range of great offers to our staff, which has been well-noted. With the special environmental award, our eco-friendly polyurethane-dispersions are moving into the focus. We appreciate that very much', confirms Thomas Hackenberg during the interview with a film team of TUM at the event.