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Jury 2023

The PSI Sustainability Awards Jury

The Sustainability Awards are aimed at helping to improve not just the promotional products world but the world in general. That’s a big goal. To help achieve it, we’ve asked people to join our awards jury who care deeply about sustainability. All of them have proven throughout their careers that they know how to use responsibility to make a real impact.

The PSI Sustainability Awards evaluation system consists of two parts, which contributes to its transparency: first, a predefined scoring system assigns a score to all queried and supplied data. The stricter and more important the profile of a certificate, the higher the participant’s score. Also taken into account will be the type and size of the company as well as the production site and/or production facilities. But in-house corporate initiatives addressing environmental and social issues will also be evaluated.

Generally speaking, the jury will evaluate any aspects touching on companies and products that are not already captured by official certificates or quality seals. In particular, this refers to participating in-house initiatives, which may range from transparent production guidelines and processes to corporate culture to social commitment.

Extremely high standards were used to select the members of the jury.

Lutz-Gathmann_q.jpgLutz Gathmann


Trained as steel engraver with master craftsman status; government-certified design engineer; lead designer at UVEX Sport and Safety in Fürth and NiGuRa Optik in Düsseldorf. Founded PRODUKT/DESIGN Düsseldorf in 1981; trained as occupational safety engineer. In 2009 PRODUKT/DESIGN relaunches as “Design plus Produktsicherheit”.

Foto_Karsten-Schmidt_q_neu.jpgKarsten Schmidt

Director Corporate Procurement, Facility and TQM, Bertrandt AG 

Karsten Schmidt is Director of Corporate Procurement, Facility and TQM at Bertrandt AG. Together with the respective teams, he is responsible for all strategic and operational issues in his area of responsibility within the Bertrandt Group. Karsten Schmidt is with Bertrandt since 1999. He holds a degree in Business Economics.

Clemens-Arnold_q.jpgClemens Arnold

Partner 2bdifferent

Clemens Arnold is an expert for sustainability in the event, trade fair, congress and sports industry. He offers comprehensive consulting for companies, associations, organisations, event organisers and agencies, especially on social issues and questions of communicating sustainable development, among others at Lufthansa Training & Conference Center, Hays AG, Vodafone GmbH, Allianz Global Investors GmbH and many more. With the training as Corporate Responsibility Manager at the University of Bayreuth and as a trainer of the German Sustainability Code, he accompanies companies, associations and institutions in the development of sustainability strategies as well as in the introduction and implementation of sustainability management systems.

Joop-van-Veelen_q.jpgJoop van Veelen

Chairman PPP

Chairman Dutch Association PPP (Promotional Products Professionals).Last decades active in senior positions in the promotional product industry mostly as CEO. Today still investor in several companies in our industry.

Kjell-Harbom_q.jpgKjell Harbom

Former CEO and President SBPR

Kjell Harbom has been the CEO and President of the Swedish Industry organisation SBPR for the promotion industry for 12 years. Inhale also been President of NAPA the industry organisation for the Scandinavian Countries. During this period he has been working close to the Swedish Chemical Inspection, who is a member of Echa.

Hilke_Lehmann_pass1_q.jpgHilke Lehmann

Senior Officer Group Marketing DB AG

After starting her career in tourism and graduating with a degree in business administration from the University of Lüneburg, Hilke Lehmann has been working in corporate marketing at Deutsche Bahn AG for several years. In addition to DB's major sponsoring commitments, she is also responsible for the DB Group's promotional products and the, among other things. The 'green' DNA of Deutsche Bahn and the climate target set in the group strategy is an important orientation in everything.

Petra-Lassahn-S-W.jpgPetra Lassahn

Director PSI

The trade fair world has been her home for more than 30 years. At Reed Exhibitions Germany, she is responsible for Bar Convent Berlin, the largest trade show for the bar and beverage industry with sister shows in Brooklyn, Sao Paulo and Singapore. In 2017, she additionally took over as Director of PSI Messe. Since May 2021, Petra Lassahn has also been responsible for the strategic direction of the entire PSI network and its services. Her mission is to give promotional products the status they deserve. The promotional products industry also plays in the premier league when it comes to CSR and sustainability. The aim is to build on this together with experts and the industry.

Daniel-Rufenacht-klein-S-W.jpgDaniel Rufenach

CEO, bluesign technologies ag

Daniel has over 25 years of experience in corporate sustainability, institutional marketing, and public relations. With a background in business management and communications, he began his career with the Swiss government. Daniel extended bluesign’s portfolio by offering tiered service packages that provide expanded capabilities.

Uwe-Melichar-klein-S-W.jpgUwe Melichar

Experte für (kreislauffähige) Verpackungen und Design

Uwe Melichar is an independent expert in (recyclable) packaging and design. With his company MELICHAR Bros. he develops solutions for clients around the world. He was president of the European Brand & Packaging Design Association and is now the epda vice-president. MELICHAR Bros. makes a clear statement about sustainability in packaging with its claim »Increase value, decrease waste«.