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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

Miriam KehlMiriam Kehl

Head of Innovation Management, RhönEnergie Fulda GmbH
Miriam Kehl is Personal Assistant to the Board of Directors at Landbell AG für Rückhol-Systeme, a German recycling company, as well as Associate Director at Green Alley Investment GmbH, a subsidiary of Landbell specialized in circular economy investments. After her degree in language and communication at Marburg University she worked in the agency and financial sector where she developed conceptual designs for marketing and product management. At Green Alley she focusses on building up cooperation with various partners and creating a green economy network. Through her role at Landbell she gained expertise in assessing innovative business models in recycling and waste management.

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.


Dr. Susanne Stark

Stadtwerke Düsseldorf AG
Head of Energy Management Projects

Since 2009 Susanne Stark has worked at the public utilities body Stadtwerke Düsseldorf. Here she heads the Projects, Studies, Concepts department and is in charge of the internal and external coordination of district heating roll-out. Prior to this role she managed the department’s Energy and Environmental Policy. From 2009 to 2012 she was in charge of e-mobility themes for Stadtwerke Düsseldorf and for the model project “E-mobil NRW” for North Rhine-Westphalia. Before this post she was a green energy product manager within a community association. At Koelnmesse she was in charge of organisation for a number of trade fair projects for three years. For many years she was also active in the academic field and as a consultant for community energy concepts and energy savings, CO2-reduction strategies and national sustainability strategies at the Wuppertal Institute for Climate, Environment, Energy, to name but one institution.