Czechia has again given awards to the projects that are improving the world

15. 6. 2018

On Tuesday June 12th, 2018, the Czernin Palace in Prague hosted the SDGs Awards Ceremony, a unique project to appreciate Czech projects that contribute to the Sustainable Development Goals.

The main topics throughout the evening were responsible consumption, fighting the plastics or improvement of education. The winners were chosen by an expert panel as well as through a public voting.

The second year of the awards was organized by the Association of Social Responsibility in cooperation with the Czech Development Agency, Ministry of Industry and Commerce, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Ministry of the Environment, under the auspices of the UN Information Centre in Prague and UN Global Compact Czech Republic. The business partners were Unilever and Veolia.


The public was again included in the selection process. “The SDGs Awards show us the way we should take to combine development with social stability. For me personally, the winning projects are incorporation of the things that the UN wants to achieve during all the long and abstract meetings. They prove that it makes sense,” said the Minister of Foreign Affairs Martin Stropnický.


Photo: Petr Klapper

The winner in the category Best SDGs Reports is Siemens. By a comprehensible analysis of the Czech situation, Siemens contributes to the solution of important issues, e.g. brain drain, innovation development and social transformation. The SDGs are clearly incorporated into the company’s strategy. Report, also thanks to great graphics, nicely introduces complex data not only about existing projects, but also about Siemens’ goals and commitments until 2024.

The Czech Development Agency Award was given to the non profit organisation SIRIRI and its project Škola hrou (Learning through play) in the Central African Republic. The project puts together modern didactic methods with original preparation, print and distribution of didactic tools in the national language Sango. Pavel Frelich, director of the Czech Development Agency says: “What we like about this project is the fact that also local teachers have participated in the preparation. Therefore, the products are what the schools in the Central African Republic actually need. The project is base on the thoughts of Jan Amos Komenský and it fulfils high standards of the 21st century. It has already got to around 20,000 pupils and hundreds local teachers. And the demand for it is growing.”


Photo: Petr Klapper

The Award the Young Leaders under 30 (under the auspices of Forbes Czechia) was given to Filip Maleňák and his Application Záchranka (Ambulance). The application provides a modern system of emergency calls that connects emergency phone call with data communication. The Award was given by SDGs ambassadors in Czechia biochemist Karina Movsesjan (this year’s Forbes 30 under 30) and artist and entrepreneur Yemi A.D.

Two winners were also chosen by the public. In the category Business, the public voting was won by MIWA that provides zero waste way of products from a producer to a shop, hygienically and using all technologies for comfortable shopping. The system includes clear information about the origins and quality of the products.


Photo: Petr Klapper

In the category Public Sector, the most votes went to the project Skutečně zdravá škola (Truly Healthy School). The project promotes the culture of healthy food through educational programmes and explanation of relationships between food, culture, health, and environment. The project improves the quality of food in school cafeterias.

The Expert Panel Award was given to the project Protierozní kalkulačka (Anti-Erosion Calculator) by the Ministry of Agriculture. “The projects help us to make soil more resistant to erosion and draught – an issue that is more and more urgent and present around the world. The SDGs Awards will help to show that we need to change our behaviour to save enough quality soil for the future generations. The Awards for the Ministry of Agriculture also proves that the public sector is not only about non profit organisations, but also about state institutions,” says Lucie Mádlová, director of the Association of Social Responsibility.


Photo: Petr Klapper

The SDGs Awards Ceremony took place in the Czernin Palace at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs at the presence of the Minister of Finance of the Kingdom of Denmark, Kristian Jensen. The ceremony was hosted by two of the SDGs ambassadors: writer Barbara Nesvadbová and Editor-in-Chief of Forbes Czechia Petr Šimůnek.


Photo: Petr Klapper

The winner got design concrete awards by Gravelli, designed by LaceUp – this year with a unique idea. The trophy can be opened only in 2030 when the SDGs agenda officially ends. Inside, there are handwritten messages from Jeffrey Sachs, the UN SDGs Advocate and one of the most influential economists. Jeffrey Sachs was present at the first SDGs ceremony in Czechia in 2017.


After the ceremony, the participants enjoyed a zero waste reception in the gardens of the Czernin Palace. The menu included so called ugly vegetables, fair trade coffee and ice-cream. And to prevent wasting, the participants could take away food with them in special boxes by IKEA 365+.

Information for journalists:

  • The photographs from the ceremony by Petr Klapper are here.
  • The main visual element of the Last Supper is downloadable here.
  • Logo of the SDGs Awards is here.
  • All information about the awards is available at

About the Association of Social Responsibility

The Association of Social Responsibility develops CSR and sustainable business in the Czech Republic. Within its unique vision, and with nearly 200 members, it is the largest CSR platform in the Czech Republic. The Association brings together involved parties and links organizations from the corporate, non-profit, educational, and public sectors to increase their CSR and sustainable business potential and abilities. In 2016 it became the national ambassador of the global Giving Tuesday campaign. More information is at