Prix Voltaire International Award Cermony 2018


The Prix Voltaire International 2018 winner is:

Paul Polman, CEO Unilever

According to the jury mister Polman represents the values of the Prix Voltaire International. His “Unilever’s sustainable living strategy” which he presented in 2010, seemed unrealistic to accomplish at that time. As a ‘Friendly Fighter For Future-proof Fundamentals' he proofed the critics wrong.
Reached targets are: 
- Today the majority of Unilever’s resources are sustainable
- More than 100 Unilever factories worldwide are using 100% renewable energy, which forms a total of 65% of the total energy use.
- Unilever helped more than 600 million people to improve their health and personal hygiene 
 
Due to the fact that a multinational like Unilever can reach many people the initiated changes by Paul Polman have a great impact. 


The Prix Voltaire International 2018 winner is:

Paul Polman, CEO Unilever

According to the jury mister Polman represents the values of the Prix Voltaire International. His “Unilever’s sustainable living strategy” which he presented in 2010, seemed unrealistic to accomplish at that time. As a ‘Friendly Fighter For Future-proof Fundamentals' he proofed the critics wrong.
Reached targets are: 
- Today the majority of Unilever’s resources are sustainable
- More than 100 Unilever factories worldwide are using 100% renewable energy, which forms a total of 65% of the total energy use.
- Unilever helped more than 600 million people to improve their health and personal hygiene 
 
Due to the fact that a multinational like Unilever can reach many people the initiated changes by Paul Polman have a great impact. 


The Jury

Mrs. Melanie Schultz van Haegen

Former minister of transport, infrastructure and water management and the current CEO of Porticus.

Mr. Jaap de Hoop Scheffer

Minister of State and former Secretary-General of NATO.


Mr. Mervyn King

The South African chairman of the King Committee on Corporate Governance and President for life of Operation Hunger.

Mrs. Debra Benton

An American coach of CEO’s and author of several books and articles on management.

The Prix Voltaire International 2018 Award Ceremony took place in Grand Hotel Huis ter Duin in Noordwijk.

On the 9th of November 2018 the prestigious Prix Voltaire International award ceremony took place at the Grand Hotel Huis ter Duin in the Netherlands. 
 
The Business University of Nyenrode established the shortlist of contenders. The criteria the nominees needed to meet are partly based on United Nation’s 17 sustainable goals. An independent, international jury composed of four members awarded mr. Paul Polman the winner of the Prix Voltaire International 2018. 


Partners

Margje Teeuwen, Award Designer

The most brilliant ideas always have a history of pre-studies. This is how the multi-talent designer Margje Teeuwen came to the creation of the first PRIX VOLTAIRE
INTERNATIONAL. In fact this is exactly how one of Teeuwens famous designs 'the PROPLAMP' itself came to life after an intensive brainstorm with loads of sketches she threw on the floor. She suddenly saw the light, looking at the beautifully unique forms of all the crushed piece of paper around her. 
 


Plastic Soup Foundation

The mission of Plastic Soup Foundation is: ‘No plastic waste in our water!’ 

We do not take plastic out of the water; instead, we want to put an end to the increasing amount of plastic polluting the ocean by tackling the issue at its sources. Think of microplastics in cosmetics or synthetic fibres from clothing. These all end up in the ocean one way or another. This is the goal since 2011 of the Plastic Soup Foundation.  

 

Maria Westerbos, the founder and director of the Plastic Soup Foundation

Lightyear

The Award Ceremony guests of the PRIX VOLTAIRE INTERNATIONAL will be among the very first in the world to have a sneak peak on the final mock up of the solar car project ‘LIGHTYEAR ONE’. Even before the model will be revealed to the International press, planned to take place in 2019, the guests have the possibility to sit in the simulated interior of the car and see the real model with their own eyes. It is the very first time Lightyear will show the product outside their own buildings. The introduction of the final product with an actieradius between 400 and 800km is planned for 2020.

Hyundai

Also present at the Award Ceremony is the fully Hydrogen operated car Nexo, from another pioneering player in the automotive industry, the Korean brand Hyundai. This has just been launched to the market.

 

Both concepts are zero emission alternatives to the existing car market. 

Although studies show a decline of car ownership in 2050, in the coming years this number will explode up to more than 2 billion automobiles, due to extreme growth of the markets in China and India.