Just in time for Earth Day on 22APR22, and one whole month since awarding the winners of the third round of sustainability initiatives, TIACA has opened the floor for applications for the fourth edition of its Sustainability Awards; these can be sent in between now and the 02SEP22 deadline.
2022 is an exceptional year, since it will be the second time within 8 months that TIACA hands over awards to companies and start-ups that demonstrate feasible and functioning initiatives for a
cleaner future and more sustainable air cargo industry.
Who will take the stage?
As in previous years, there will be two categories: Corporate and Start-Up/Small Business. The Corporate winner will be chosen by a panel of independent industry and sustainability experts, who will also decide which three projects will make it through to the finals in the Start-Up/Small Business Category. The chosen three will then be given the opportunity to present their projects at the Air Cargo Forum in Miami, Florida. It will take place from 08-10NOV22, and the audience will then vote for their favorite solution. The Start-Up/Small Business winner will walk away with USD 10,000, and each runner-up will be handed USD 2,500 each. The money is intended to support further development of the winning solutions. Those shortlisted are also given publicity and access to exclusive TIACA events and speaking opportunities.
Sponsored by Champ
Industry IT-solution provider, CHAMP Cargosystems, has sponsored the awards since they first took place in Budapest in NOV19, and will again be the sponsor this year. CHAMP Cargosystem’s CEO, Chris McDermott, announced: “We are proud to continue supporting TIACA by exclusively sponsoring the Global Sustainability Awards for the Air Cargo sector. Now in their 4th year, they have been successful in pioneering Sustainability, raising awareness, and placing it high on the industry's agenda. Past winners can inspire us to do even more, so that with continued commitment and hard work, Sustainability is no longer an add-on, but moves to the core of our businesses. By building stronger corporate cultures, and investing in new Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) initiatives, we will create the positive impact that is needed for the generations yet to come.”
Eight objectives – your choice
TIACA’s approach to sustainability is holistic, focusing on People, Planet, and Profit, along with Innovation and Partnerships. “We are excited to be launching another edition of the Air Cargo Sustainability Awards. The past few years we have had a lot of strong applications submitted and we are excited to see all of the innovation and progress our industry has been making. We look forward to receiving this year's applications that focus on the eight core objectives of our Sustainability Roadmap as we feel this is the path our industry needs to follow in order to become a sustainable industry,” Steven Polmans, Chairman of TIACA, stated. Those eight key objectives for a sustainable air cargo industry are:
- Eliminate waste
- Protect biodiversity
- Support local economies and communities
- Improve lives and well being
- Culture & Leadership
Improve efficiencies and profitability
- Attract, retain, and develop employees
- Build and nurture partnerships
Earth Day – Invest in our Planet
Earth Day has been around since 1970, and was brought into being following a devastating oil spill in 1969. The Santa Barbara, California, Union Oil Platform disaster on 28JAN69, spewing out more than three million gallons of oil into the sea, claimed the lives of thousands of seabirds, dolphins, seals, and sea lions. Since it first began on 22APR70, Earth Day is observed by around 1 billion people in more than 193 countries across the globe, meanwhile.
This year’s official theme was “Invest In Our Planet.” A look at the various Social Media channels and many air cargo industry players took the opportunity to post encouragements to make the Earth a cleaner and greener place, which measured on awareness, is a positive development, and does appear to be more widespread than in previous years. However, those who at the same time illustrated exactly what their company’s sustainable goals are and how they are going about achieving them, were fewer in number.
Images and words are easily created. Actions are what count, and sustainability only succeeds if it is live sustainably, every day – not just on Earth Day. Will your company be applying for TIACA’s 2022 Sustainability Awards? Promote your activities and encourage others to adopt them, too. #investinourplanet
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