Wings for Aid has won the first TIACA Sustainability Award for its self-landing cardboard box to bridge the last mile in humanitarian crises.
The award, sponsored by CHAMP Cargosystems was announced during the Gala Evening of the TIACA Executive Summit 2019 in Budapest, Hungary.
The three finalists, M&G Packaging, Nallian and Wings for Aid Foundation presented their projects earlier in the day, with the winner being selected by a jury and conference attendees, each with a 50% weight.
Wings for Aid was awarded $15,000 of funding and the two runners up each received $3,500.
Steven Polmans, chairman of TIACA says: “We had 3 winners on stage. This first award was a real success and supports the vision of sustainability and the three pillars (planet, people, prosperity). The finalist’s presentations were the concrete demonstration of it. Including the vote of the attendees in the final mark show exactly the way we, as TIACA, want to work on sustainability and on other topics: in collaboration and together with the industry.”
From Wings for Aid, general manager Barry Koperberg and lead engineer Alexis Roseiller say: “We were very honoured to participate in this nomination and we feel really excited to be part of the air cargo family. This award will help us to take another step and thanks to the network of TIACA we found very strong support.”
Arnaud Lambert, CEO of CHAMP Cargosystems and co-creator of the award congratulated the finalists.
He says: “I think Wings for Aid won because we all have been touched by the apparent simplicity of the concept, the hard work to make it possible and the humanitarian goal. I’d do the parallel with the idea we had together with Steven when we created this Sustainability Award: what can we do together that we cannot do individually?”