DEKRA Award 2017: Ideas for Greater Safety Wanted

Who Will Be the New Safety Champion?

Jun 28, 2017
  • For information and application forms, visit
  • Three categories: Safety in transport, at work and in the home
  • Prizes will be awarded for pioneering processes, projects and solutions

Safety demands in our increasingly networked world are rising: Against this backdrop, international expert organization DEKRA is inviting submissions for the DEKRA Award 2017. For many years, DEKRA has been recognizing the best projects, processes and solutions in three categories – Safety in transport, safety at work and safety in the home – together with WirtschaftsWoche, Germany’s leading economics magazine. Companies and initiatives can apply now until September 15, 2017.

“DEKRA has set itself the task of creating greater safety, even in a digital world that is becoming increasingly complex,” says Stefan Kölbl, Chairman of the Management Board of DEKRA e.V. and DEKRA SE. “To do so, we have established a global network of expert services and laboratory facilities for the digitalized future. As the global partner for a safe world, we are seeking and providing long-term support to outstanding ideas, initiatives and processes that help make the world a safer place.”

For the DEKRA Award, a panel of internal and external specialists will identify best practice projects across the country that make a sustainable contribution to improving safety among all the applications based on a list of criteria. The specialist panel is looking for overall concepts, processes and solutions. The criteria for nomination focus on effectiveness, simplicity, efficiency, innovation, sustainability, transferability and acceptance.

Once again, the Federal Ministry of Economics and Energy will take on the patronage of the DEKRA Award 2017. This year, the award ceremony will take place on Tuesday, October 24, 2017, at the tradition-rich Areal Böhler in Düsseldorf. As in previous years, a top-quality jury will preside over the selection of the award winners:
  • Dr. Miriam Meckel, Chairwoman of the Jury, Editor of WirtschaftsWoche.
  • Dr. Annette Niederfranke, Director of the International Labour Organization (ILO), Berlin
  • Dr. Raimund Klinkner, CEO of Bundesvereinigung Logistik (BVL) and Honorary Professor of Production Logistics at the Technical University of Berlin
  • Hatto Mattes, retired Ministerial Councilor in the German Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology, Head of the Department for Product and Plant Safety, International Technological Harmonization, and the Transport of Hazardous Goods.
  • Stefan Kölbl, Chairman of the DEKRA e.V. and DEKRA SE Management Boards.

In previous years, winners of the DEKRA Award have included renowned companies such as Airbus, Axa, Eaton Industries, EBM-Papst, EnBW, Voith and Volkswagen.

Application forms and further information available at

DEKRA has been active in the field of safety for more than 90 years. Founded in 1925 in Berlin as Deutscher Kraftfahrzeug-Überwachungs-Verein e.V., it is today one of the world’s leading expert organizations. DEKRA SE is a subsidiary of DEKRA e.V. and manages the Group’s operating business. In 2016, DEKRA generated sales totalling approximately 2.9 billion Euros. The company currently employs more than 39,000 people in more than 50 countries on all five continents. With qualified and independent expert services, they work for safety on the road, at work and at home. These services range from vehicle inspection and expert appraisals to claims services, industrial and building inspections, safety consultancy, testing and certification of products and systems, as well as training courses and temporary work. The vision for the company’s 100th birthday in 2025 is that DEKRA will be the global partner for a safe world.

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