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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 GathmannLutz 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”.

Ville HeimgartnerVille Heimgartner

Co-director, Imagine Cargo GmbH
Sustainability expert with hands-on industry and consulting experience in places such as China, India, Mexico and Europe. Currently building a sustainable logistics network throw out Europe with ImagineCargo. On the side advising multi-national companies to implement responsible procurement process throughout their supply chain

jury2019-Anja-Heidbuechel_200x200.jpgAnja Heidbüchel

Head of Publishing Reed Exhibitions Deutschland GmbH
Anja Heidbüchel (38) (Bachelors Professional of Marketing CCI, Online Marketing Manager) Reed Exhibitions Deutschland GmbH has been responsible for the Publishing division since 2006. The focus is on cross media product management as well as marketing of member and exhibitor directories, newsletters, trade magazines and the newly introduced PSI Novelty Box.

Hugo W. PettendrupHugo W. Pettendrup

Founder and CEO of HP-FundConsult – Bridging the Gap between Profit and Non-Profit

Corporate consulting Strategy/Marketing/Sustainability, contest and jury participation in “Entrepreneur of the Year”, “start2grow” and “startsocial”, work on boards of management and boards of trustees, DFRV regional management, initiator and head of the “CSR Manager” study programme, certified “Gute Sache” coach (UPJ), CSR consultant/expert, author/lecturer/visiting lecturer and editor of “N-Kompass” published by NWB.

Melissa Streif

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Melissa Streif is a process specialist at Warth and Klein Grant Thornton in the areas of Governance, Risk, Compliance & Technology. Melissa Streif focuses on advising well-known medium-sized companies on sustainable digitisation, optimisation and automation of processes. As a risk manager according to ONR 49003/ISO 31000, she advises you on the topics of IT-supported internal control system and risk management. Melissa Streif's industry expertise lies in the areas of trade and consumer goods, information and communication technology and mechanical engineering.

Clemens Arnold


2bdifferent, Heidelberg

Clemens Arnold is an expert in sustainability in the event, trade fair and congress industry. With his extensive expertise, he advises companies, associations, organisations, organisers and agencies from the event and sports business. Based on his training as a Corporate Responsibility Manager at the University of Bayreuth and as a trainer of the German Sustainability Code, he supports companies in the industry in the introduction and implementation of sustainability management systems. He is also a lecturer in marketing management and CSR at SRH Hochschule Heidelberg and Hochschule der Wirtschaft für Management Mannheim.

Julian Ekelhof


Director CO2OL Climate Solutions

As Director CO2OL Climate Solutions based in Bonn, Julian Ekelhof is an expert in sustainable business models, climate neutrality and sustainability reporting. Individually adapted sustainability solutions and effective climate protection concepts are developed for corporate and business customers. This includes the necessary processes for the creation and long-term realization of transparent supply chains. As a member of jury teams, Julian Ekelhof has already evaluated outstanding sustainability concepts in the areas of marketing and live communication.