International awards for Antwerp stakeholders
Spring 2019 was very successful for several key players from different industries in Antwerp as their work and dedication was internationally recognised and awarded. The city of Antwerp combines on 204km2 the world’s second largest port, world centre for diamond and all you need for a gastronomic experience. Renowned international organisations prove with these awards the variety of the city on several domains.
In the diamond industry, Antwerp World Diamond Centre (AWDC), the diamond sector’s umbrella organisation, distinguishes itself internationally with their focus on compliance. The task of the compliance officers is crucial within the company as they ensure that their company operates in strict accordance with the prevailing laws and regulations.
Therefore it is not surprising that two female compliance officers Trisevgeni Stavropoulos and Iris Leerdam took home the award for ‘In-house Compliance Team of the Year’, amongst 400 other candidates at the presentation in London of the ‘Women in Compliance Awards’. Trisevgeni Stravropoulos states “As the result of this recognition, we can rightfully say that diamonds from Antwerp are not characterized by the traditional 4 Cs (cut, colour, clarity and carat), rather by the 5 Cs, which includes the C of Compliance.”
The European project CIVITAS PORTIS recently won the ‘World Ports Sustainability Award’. Antwerp, as coordinator of this project, has partnered with four other European cities (Aberdeen in Scotland, Trieste in Italy, Klaipeda in Lithuania and Constanta in Romania) to improve the accessibility of both city and port. The project focuses on innovation, efficiency and knowledge sharing.
Participating cities act as 'living labs', testing various solutions that all hold cooperation, innovation and knowledge-sharing as key tenets. Some such solutions include low-emission passenger transport over water, improving cycle infrastructure, and increasing the share of public transport that runs on electric power.
For the project to receive such an award is a nice acknowledgement of the work that all the cities and partners have done, are doing, and will continue to do in the future.
For the last awards we change to Belgian gastronomy, which is known for beer, fries and chocolate. Luckily these products are all available in Antwerp and many local specialities are evidence of the city’s rich culinary tradition. Time to recognise these specialities!
The Antwerp Brewery ‘Antwerpse Brouw Compagnie’ wins at the international beer competition in Frankfurt. In the category Amber and Red Ale beers, the Grand Gold Award was given to Bootje’s Bier. The beer has a touch of ginger and coriander.
Not only the product but also the experience how visitors get to know the product can be rewarded. This was the case for Chocolate Nation, a brand new experience museum in the city centre who won recently at ‘The Culinary Innovators Awards Show 2019’, organized by Gault&Millau. The Marketing Award was given to Chocolate Nation for their innovative concept how to market in an original way the icon of Belgian chocolate.
CIVITAS PORTIS: https://www.slimnaarantwerpen.be/en/about-us/civitas-portis & Antwerp, a world port city : https://www.businessinantwerp.eu/sectors/logistics
Antwerp Brewery: https://seef.be/
Chocolate Nation : https://www.chocolatenation.be/en/