The first winner of TIACA’s Sustainability Award has been announced during the Gala Evening of The International Air Cargo Association (TIACA) Executive Summit 2019 in Budapest. The winner, Wings for Aid, received funding of USD 15,000 and the two runners-up received USD 3,500 each. The award is sponsored by CHAMP Cargosystems.
Earlier in the day, the three finalists – M&G Packaging Corp, Nallian and Wings for Aid Foundation – presented their projects for the final selection.
“Congratulations to Wings for Aid and to all the participants,” says Steven Polmans, chairman of TIACA. “We had three winners on stage. This first Award was a real success and supports the vision of Sustainability and the three pillars (Planet, People, Prosperity).
“The finalist’s presentations were the concrete demonstration of it. Including the vote of the attendees in the final mark show exactly the way we, as TIACA, want to work on Sustainability and on other topics: In collaboration and together with the industry.”
The winner was selected by the Jury as well as the attendees of TIACA’s Executive Summit each with a 50 per cent weight. Wings for Aid is a foundation with the aim to “reach people anywhere”. They create a self-landing cardboard delivery box to bridge the last mile to people in need as a result of humanitarian crises.
Representatives of Wings for Aid, Barry Koperberg, general manager and Alexis Roseillier lead engineer comment: “We were very honoured to participate in this nomination and we feel really excited to be part of the air cargo family. This award will help us to take another step and thanks to the network of TIACA we found very strong support.”
Arnaud Lambert, CEO of CHAMP Cargosystems and co-creator of this award with TIACA is also very enthusiastic about the first Sustainability Award: “The three finalists had very convincing projects and all deserve warm congratulations.
“I think Wings for Aid won because we all have been touched by the apparent simplicity of the concept, the hard work to make it possible and the humanitarian goal. I’d do the parallel with the idea we had together with Steven when we created this Sustainability Award: What can we do together that we cannot do individually?”
TIACA launched this first annual Sustainability Award, sponsored by CHAMP Cargosystems, this past summer. This first edition received applications from established corporations and start-ups, with very diverse focus. The three finalists were selected by five judges: Steven Polmans, director Cargo & Logistics at Brussels Airport Company and chairman of TIACA’s Board; Arnaud Lambert, CEO of CHAMP Cargosystems; Lilian Tan, VP, Strategic Aviation Solutions International; Susy Schöneberg, head of Flexport.org; and Deniz Daştan, quality management and development manager at Turkish Airlines.