During the third CSR Professional of the Year event, which took place on 22 February, two winners were awarded. The suspense remained until the very end, with a live voting round by all attendees. In the category 'large enterprise', Eric de Deckere, Senior Technical Manager Sustainable Transition, Port of Antwerp was the winner.
"Winning this award is a recognition of the trajectory we have followed so far. In 2010 and 2011 we started reporting on sustainability. This eventually resulted in concrete actions. Right now we are in the midst of a transition. Reporting is still one of our core practices, but now we are doing so much more. This prize is a reward for all our hard work, for the team and for the companies that are involved in the harbour community and are willing to undertake steps with the aim of becoming more sustainable." - Eric de Deckere
Eric de Deckere, Senior Technical Manager Sustainable Transition, Port of Antwerp
CSR can be just as tangible for SME's as for large enterprises. In the category 'SME', the three final candidates put up quite a fight. The third voting round proved to be the deciding factor. At the end of the evening, the jury announced this category's winner: Philip Van Kelst, founder & CEO, Kasteelhoeve Wange.
"This prize is nice reward! Since the foundation of Kasteelhoeve Wange we have been making a lot of CSR efforts in order to become sustainable. It was a fundamental choice, also out of financial considerations. It has been a lonely and frightful way at times, but along the way we have gathered a whole community, which I find very fulfilling. People believe in us, they connect with us. This award is the icing on the cake!" - Philip Van Kelst
Philip Van Kelst, founder & CEO, Kasteelhoeve Wange