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Does your company develop superb concepts, initiatives, processes or similar and set a real benchmark in the process? We want to reward excellent achievements in the fields of "Safety", "Security" and "Sustainability". Rather than focusing on the products, the award aims to highlight best practices in these categories.

This year, we also have a special category, "Startups". This is open to innovative startups that offer innovative solutions and business models in one of the three areas.

The award process at a glance

1. Send us your application in your selected category by September, 19th 2022.

2. Complete your application in the online form. (To do so, follow the steps in the form.) Or download the application form as a PDF file and send it to us by e-mail at

3. The seven-person jury will select and name the winners in each category in the beginning of October 2022.

4. The category winners will be informed after the jury meeting at the latest. We would like to film a short trailer about your company and your project. If you agree to this, please provide for a day of filming at your company before the award ceremony.

5. In October, all nominated candidates will be published on the website.

6. On November 10, 2022, all winners will be announced.

SAFETY

The purpose of the DEKRA Award 2022 is to reward outstanding concepts, initiatives, processes and so on in the categories "SAFETY", " SECURITY", "SUSTAINABILITY " and “STARTUPS”. The award is designed to focus on best practices in these categories rather than on products.

In the SAFETY category, awards go to companies, organizations, initiatives, or individuals who have developed outstanding concepts, initiatives, innovative products and services that serve as role models and help improve safety.

Whether it’s on the road, at work, at home or at leisure, many physical activities depend on the me-chanical and functional safety of a product. To be safe and hazard-free, a product must always with-stand the mechanical strain of everyday use.

Mechanical and functional safety are of major importance in a variety of totally different use cases, and the corresponding safety risks are equally diverse. Inspections of mechanical and functional safety are important for a wide range of facilities, means of transport, machinery, products, applianc-es, tools, etc.

With this award, an independent jury honors outstanding ideas that help to resolve important mechan-ical and functional safety deficits.

SECURITY

The purpose of the DEKRA Award 2022 is to reward outstanding concepts, initiatives, processes and so on in the categories "SAFETY", " SECURITY", "SUSTAINABILITY " and “STARTUPS” The award is designed to focus on best practices in these categories rather than on products.

In the SECURITY category, awards go to exemplary concepts, initiatives, innovative products, and services that help to increase security in the digital environment.

In an increasingly digital world where IT systems are the basis of nearly all business processes, the risk of security gaps is growing at the same time as networking increases. Digital security has become indispensable.

To ensure digital security, data and systems must be protected by technical and organizational measures. This means looking at all subsystems where information is processed, used and/or stored. In essence, this includes all subsystems designed to process, use, and store information such as terminals, operating systems, servers, cloud services and apps.

DEKRA's goal is to drive a digital transformation and promote digital offerings while ensuring the highest standard of protection for users. With this award, an independent jury honors outstanding ideas in digital security.

SUSTAINABILITY

The purpose of the DEKRA Award 2022 is to reward outstanding concepts, initiatives, processes and so on in the categories "SAFETY", " SECURITY" and "SUSTAINABILITY " and “STARTUPS”. The award is designed to focus on best practices in these categories rather than on products.

In the category SUSTAINABILITY, innovative products, services and business models with an exemplary function are honored that directly support companies, municipalities, authorities, organizations, end consumers or society in their sustainable development and are dedicated to the principle of sustainability in a unique and outstanding way and consistently implement it within the framework of their idea.

This can either be products that are manufactured in a particularly sustainable, resource-saving (economic and ecological) and socially compatible manner or approaches that contribute to solving a specific sustainability problem in the long term.

Socially responsible working conditions must be consistently ensured in the value chain of the award-winning company. In addition, most of the following criteria should be met:

• The company gives preference to renewable resources. Only renewable resources are used in the value chain or the proportion of non-renewable resources is minimized.

• No environmental damage is caused; negative environmental impacts are minimized.

• Energy efficiency is optimized in the value chain and throughout the company.

• The company strives for closed resource cycles. A recyclable material cycle and, if necessary, reparability is consistently adhered to.

One of DEKRA's goals is the sustainable development of companies and society in general. This includes environmental and energy aspects, social standards, and responsibility for one's own actions. In addition, securing the long-term success of the company while taking social and ecological responsibility into account by carefully using the necessary resources and protecting them accordingly.

With the award, an independent jury honors outstanding ideas and solutions in the area of sustainability that contribute to improving the living conditions of present and future generations and making them safer.

STARTUPS

The purpose of the DEKRA Award 2022 is to reward outstanding concepts, initiatives, processes and so on in the categories "SAFETY", " SECURITY" and "SUSTAINABILITY ". The award is designed to focus on best practices in these categories rather than on products.

In the cross-sectional category STARTUPS, young companies are sought whose business models represent innovative solutions in the areas of "SAFETY", " SECURITY" and "SUSTAINABILITY ". In all three categories, companies, organizations, initiatives or individuals are sought, innovative products and services and business models with a role model function are sought that help to improve safety, increase or candidates for the DEKRA Award are sought in this category, for example, in the follow-ing subject areas:

SAFETY:

Whether in traffic, at work, at home or during leisure time, many physical activities depend on the mechanical and functional safety of the product. Products must always be able to withstand the me-chanical stresses of daily use in order to ensure safe and hazard-free use. Mechanical and functional safety plays an essential role in a wide variety of applications and encounters an equally wide variety of safety risks. The verification of mechanical and functional safety concerns a wide range of equipment, means of transport, machines, products, devices, and tools, etc.

SECURITY:

In an increasingly digitalized world in which IT systems form the basis of almost all business processes, digital security has become indispensable. However, with increasing networking, the risk of security gaps is also growing at the same time. To achieve digital security, data and systems must be protected by technical and organizational measures. This involves looking at all subsystems with which information is processed, used and/or stored. This basically includes all subsystems with which information is processed, used, and stored, such as end devices, operating systems, but also servers, cloud services and apps.

SUSTAINABILITY:

In the 'Sustainability' category, awards are given to innovative products, services and business models with an exemplary function that directly support companies, municipalities, authorities, organiza-tions, end users or society in their sustainable development and are dedicated to the principle of sustainability in a unique and outstanding way and consistently implement it as part of their idea. This can either be products that are manufactured in a particularly sustainable, resourceconserving (economic and ecological) and socially compatible way or include approaches that contribute to solving a specific sustainability problem in the long term.

To help you prepare for the online form or if you want to submit an application separately, please find attached the questionnaire on all three categories.

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