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German Sustainability Award 2009: HACH LANGE one of the Top 3

Award logo_GB.pngHACH LANGE has been rewarded for its “green” approach to its cuvette tests in the category “Germany’s most sustainable products and supply of services”. More than 400 companies entered.

From more than 400 companies the jury has awarded HACH LANGE in the category “Germany’s most sustainable products and supply of services”. They were convinced by the “green” approach to the cuvette tests used for water analysis.

The statement of the Jury
HACH LANGE delivers experience-orientated, holistic solutions with latest technologies for waste water, drinking water and process water. Standard and customized solutions are offered in all fields of water and environmental analysis.

Thousands of cuvette tests are used every day to analyse the contents of liquids in industries ranging from waste water treatment plants to Food and Beverage. What makes the HACH LANGE cuvette special is the approach to recycling. Used cuvettes are collected from customers in Germany and twelve other EU countries and then ecologically recycled at HACH LANGE’s environmental centre. Not only is glass and plastic recycled but also chemicals used in the analysis process.

Compared other test methods HACH LANGE pride themselves on drastically reducing potential health and safety issues connected to contamination with dangerous chemicals. In addition the unique HACH LANGE cuvette design means that chemicals are reduced by a factor of 16 compared to the DIN norm.

The Jury
A total of 400 companies shared in the announcement of the award. A Jury consisting of politicians and leaders from industry and science decided which company’s best implement ecological, economical and social sustainability criteria in their products or services and how sustainability affects brand management. Members of this committee include i.a. Prof. Dr. Klaus Töpfer, former German federal minister and executive director of UNEP, Bernd M. Michael, president of the German Marketing Association and Prof. Dr. Ottmar Edenhofer, assistant director of the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research.

The high prestige of this competition was also pointed up with a top-class guest list, e.g. Alain Capparos, president of the REWE Group management, Ferdinando Becalli, Falco president and CEO GE International, Pirjo Väliaho, president of the Procter&Gamble management, or Barbara Kux, Corporate Executive Committee Siemens AG.

About the German sustainability award
The German Sustainability Award was established by the science journalist Stefan Schulze-Hausmann in 2008. The prize awards businesses that connect commercial success with social responsibility and protection of the environment. Special prizes are given to people who advance national or internationally the idea of a future-compliant society in an outstanding manner.
Supporting organisation of the German Sustainability Award is the “Deutscher Nachhaltigkeitspreis e.V.” (i.G.). Taking part in the curatorship is i.a. Dr. Volker Hauff (President of the council for sustainable development), Sylvia Schenk (President of Transparency International Deutschland e.V.) and Dr. Günther Horzetzky (State Secretary in the Federal Government Department for Labour and Social Affairs).

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