Dr. Hans-Dietrich Reckhaus receives WirtschaftsWoche-Award
On February 6, 2019, WirtschaftsWoche honored Dr. Hans-Dietrich Reckhaus for his "Unternehmerisches Herz“ (Entrepreneurial Heart). The award ceremony took place at the summit meeting of world market leaders in Schwäbisch Hall. The jury of the prize of the same name was enthusiastic about the innovative solution offered by the biocide entrepreneur to the entire industry with Insect Respect.
"At the beginning, Hans-Dietrich Reckhaus had everyone against him," says Daniel Rettig, Head of Success at WirtschaftsWoche, "but because he was convinced of his decision, he prevailed against all resistance - and was right. "We need role models who are not afraid of the uncomfortable, who courageously accept criticism and who are not afraid to put profit and responsibility in context," explains Robert Friedmann, Chairman of the Würth Group.
"An entrepreneurial heart should beat for a sustainable economy," says Dr. Hans-Dietrich Reckhaus. Models that are also sustainable in the long term and do not exacerbate the global loss of biodiversity are sustainable.
Download: press release (german)
Photo from left to right: Daniel Rettig (Head of Success at WirtschaftsWoche), Dr. Hans-Dietrich Reckhaus and Robert Friedmann (Chairman of the Würth Group Management Board) © Sebastian Muth
Nomination for the ZEIT WISSEN-award «Mut zur Nachhaltigkeit» 2019
On December, 10th 2018 the ZEIT WISSEN-team nominated Insect Respect for the award «Mut zur Nachhaltigkeit» in the category ACTION. Like the two other categories KNOWLEDGE and FLYING START this award is also includes a prize money of 10,000 euros.
The jury especially emphasised the label’s compensation areas and the educational work of the company Reckhaus to create awareness for the value and benefits of insects. ZEIT WISSEN honours that Reckhaus sets new standards for the pest control business branch.
The prize will be awarded on March, 28th 2019 in Hamburg at the ZEIT WISSEN Sustainability Congress for the seventh time.
European Responsible Care Award „Environmental Responsibility” 2018
The European Chemical Industry Council (CEFIC) awarded Reckhaus as initiator of Insect Respect with the European Responsible Care Award „Environmental Responsibility” on October, 25th 2018 in Amsterdam. The jury chose the exceptional project as the winner because of its high innovative power. „Insect Respect offers a unique example how industry can commit to ecology and biodiversity“, explains the jury. The strong video material and the extensive communication on the value of insects convinced the jurors. „Through Insect Respect’s hard work we are able to share this best practice example with the whole chemical industry“, says Marco Mensink, general manager of CEFIC. On the occasion of the annual „Global Chemical Convention“ ceremony on October, 25th 2018 in Amsterdam the prize was handed over to Dr. Hans-Dietrich Reckhaus, initiator of Insect Respect.
What the judges say
“Insect Respect stands out because of its transformative and innovative character. This project clearly contributes to the achievement of the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).”
Photo f.l.t.r.: Daniele Ferrari (Cefic President), Dr. Hans-Dietrich Reckhaus (Company Reckhaus, Initiator Insect Respect and award winner), Marco Mensink (Cefic General Manager)
Cannes Corporate Film Awards for “Small Giants"
Red Carpet for the Insects: Insect repellent manufacturer Reckhaus produced an animated feature film PRO Insects, which has now been awarded at the Cannes Corporate Media & TV Awards 2018. With Insect Respect, the biocide company Reckhaus strives for the sustainable transformation of its industry. The jury of international experts selected the film "Little Giant" as the winner of 2018 in not only one but two categories - Information Films and Environmental Issues -. The award ceremony took place on September 27th 2018 in the Palm Beach, Cannes.
You can find more information in the media release.
Insect Respect becomes one of the TOP 100 companies
The TOP 100 companies contest looks for innovative companies in Germany: The jury awards deliberate innovation management. Moreover, the TOP 100 companies meet up in the „Club of Excellence“ for discussion and networking.
The company’s U-turn impressed the jury, especially in the category „innovation-promoting top management“. Thus, Ranga Yogeshwar honoured Dr. Hans-Dietrich Reckhaus on June, 29th 2018 at the award ceremony in Ludwigsburg at the 5th German SME-Summit. „My goal is to sensitise society and to dislodge the biocide producing market“, said Reckhaus at the event.
Photo © KD Busch / compamedia
Insect Respect wins VCI Northrhine-Westphalia Responsible Care Award
In 2018, the Association of Chemical Industry e.V. (VCI) was on the outlook for business project contributing to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) under the theme „Our contribution to the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals”. The jury of this year’s Responsible Care Award of the VCI Regional Association of Northrhine-Westphalia has award the Reckhaus company first place for its project “Insect Respect” on the parliamentary evening of the VCI NRW on 6th June 2018 in Düsseldorf. “Insect Respect stands out through its transformative character”, said jury member Dr. Ignacio Campino. “This contribution fits the spirit of the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals, the SDGs, on the way to a sustainable society.” Photo: Dr. Ignacio Campino (Chairman of the Jury), Ursula Heinen-Esser (Minister for Environment, Agriculture, Conservation and Consumer Protection of North-Rhine-Westphalia), Dr. Reckhaus, Angela Freimuth (Vice-President of the Parliament of North-Rhine-Westphalia). Photo: VCI NRW)
Nominated for the International Sponsoring Award
„Saving flies in Deppendorf“, initiated by the conceptual artists Frank and Patrik Riklin, is nominated in the category „Cultural Sponsoring“ for the 24th International Sponsoring Award. Insect Respect emerged from this art campaign in 2012. The awards ceremony took place on the 28th of November 2017 at the Axel-Springer SE Journalists-Club in Berlin.
Insect Respect wins the Green Product Award 2017
„How will we live tomorrow?“, is the price question of the Green Product Awards this year. Several hundreds submissions from 25 countries applied to give the best and most ecological answer. Insect Respect is the winner of this competition. For innovation, design and sustainability, Insect Respect receives the Green Product Award 2017. The winners got honored officially the 20th of october in Berlin. The Insect Respect sign of quality for insect control with ecological compensation gets awarded for the unique communication about value and recession of insects.
Detailed information in the press release.
Springer editor’s volume: Insect Respect on corporate responsibility
Under the heading "Little Giants – About Insects, Art and Respect" Insect Respect contributed an article for the Springer editor’s volume "CSR und Digitalisierung". But what is actually the correlation between digitization, corporate social responsibility (CSR) and insects dying? The authors Dr. Hans-Dietrich Reckhaus und Tina Teucher do ask this very question in their text. Everything around us is connecting globally – so what are the seemingly small things worth at all – e.g. how about the value of one insect? To pursue this, they tell the adventure trip of the company Reckhaus. This journey began with the door opening for the art: The company experienced a supposedly absurd fly-rescue action, initiated a detailed scientific study of nature, biodiversity and sustainability, leading to the transformation of the entire business model. It’s a story about the quest for truth, rethinking and change. The editors gather numerous contributions and forewords, among others by Wolfgang Schäuble, Fredmund Malik, Timothy Hottges, Henning Kagermann, Bert Rürup, Christian Seifert, Tim Leberecht, Dieter Gorny, Christoph Keese and Valerie Niehaus, showing the need of a new way of thinking to understand and shape tomorrow’s world. If a community keeps operating too long with an outdated operating system, an end up in social unrest, competition over resources, war, isolation of the elite and authoritarian ruling systems could be destined.
Unternehmen biologische Vielfalt 2020
„Unternehmen Biologische Vielfalt 2020“ is an intersection for associations from economy and nature conservation. The Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety, the Federal Agency for Nature Conservation, commercial associations and nature protection organizations engage with this dialogue and action platform for a turnaround in the biodiversity loss. Within the action platform they initiate and publish concrete activities. In the activity field “communication, network building and information”, the “Insect Day” from Insect Respect and Natural History Museum Bielefeld has been presented as activity.
Picture: A project of the platform "Unternehmen Biologische Vielfalt 2020"
German Industry Award 2017 – Best of
The most progressive and powerful industry products get honored by the German Industry Award. An independent selection committee composed of professors, scientists, experts in the field of industry and journalists rate all registered products and solutions. The improvement (innovation, product maturity and future orientation) is what matters, as well as the economic, social, ecological and technological use of the introduced solutions. Reckhaus GmbH & Co. KG is again included in the German Industry Award 2017 - Best of with the seal of quality Insect Respect.
Nominated for the German Commitment-Price
The German Commitment-Price awards voluntary involved people and organizations every year and values the encouragement for a society worth living in. Insect Respect is nominated for the award in 2017. The German Commitment-Price is given by the alliance for common public interest, sponsors are the Federal Ministry for Family, Seniors, Women and Youth, the Generali Future Fund and the German Television Lottery. Further details in the press release about the Day of Biological Diversity (22.5.2017).
Insect Respect and Dr. Reckhaus Fly Trap nominated for Green Product Award 2017
In the competition for “world changing products”, the Insect Respect quality mark (category Freestyle) and the Dr. Reckhaus Fly Trap (category Consumer Goods) are selected by the jury. The Green Product Award labels ecological innovative and sustainable solutions of companies. In the Green Selection of the Green Product Award 2017, Insect Respect convinces as the world’s first quality seal for control products with ecological compensation. It is exclusively awarded to products for indoor spaces, the manufacturers of which create an insect-friendly biotope as compensation in outdoor areas. Insect Respect raises awareness in the society for the high value and endangerment of insects.The Dr. Reckhaus fly trap is an award winning biocide product with the highest ecological standards: Avoidance, reduction and compensation of insect control products. It is the world’s first product with the quality seal Insect Respect. The special design of the product raises the consumer’s awareness for the value of insects. In addition, the product itself sets ecological standards.
Commitment Award of the Bertelsmann Foundation: "My good example" 2017
Dr. Hans-Dietrich Reckhaus has been honored in Berlin with the prize „My good example“. On 30.3.2017, the initiator of the Insect Respect quality seal for insect control with ecological compensation received the award from Liz Mohn, deputy chairperson of the Bertelsmann Foundation. Liz Mohn congratulated and showed herself delighted by the entrepreneurs’ commitment: “Economy and society have to be thought together. Companies are important players in the society. They adhere to their responsibility for employees, clients and their region”. The prize shall give also bolster up the young generation’s courage for change and commitment. Insect Respect has been awarded for its “strengthening of the awareness for biodiversity and the ecological value of insects”. Read more in the media release (in German). Photo credits: Thomas Kunsch
Awarded for Packaging Design: International Red Dot Label
With the innovative packaging of the Dr. Reckhaus Flying Disk, the company Reckhaus won the coveted Red Dot Award: Communication Design 2016. The world-renowned competition showcases excellent communication design. In several days of meetings, the 26 experts of the Red Dot jury rated each of the numerous submissions live and on site. Designers and companies from 46 nations took part in this year's Award. The Dr. Reckhaus Flying Disk, is an insect repellent in the interior with highest ecological demands: reducing or eliminating biocide use, and if so, only with compensation, guaranteed by the quality mark INSECT RESPECT®. The award-winning packaging design highlights the value of insects, shows a picture of the compensation area for the product and leads consumers via QR-Code to a webcam picture of the insect-friendly greened roof. More information in the media release (in German).
Distinction at the „greenest“ gala of the year
On 29th may 2016, the greatest environmental and business prize of Europe has been handed over for the ninth time: The GreenTec Awards. The nominees and laureates at the green gala were celebrated and with a huge stage performance at the International Congress Center Munich. Dr. Hans-Dietrich Reckhaus received the certificate for the nomination of “Insect Respect” (category “lifestyle”). GreenTec Awards Initiator Sven Krüger said: „Urbanization results in underestimating the value of insects. Reckhaus is particularly engaged in ecological biocides. I am personally impressed by this long-standing commitment and the concrete, practical solutions. I congratulate on this great leap in the TOP 3 of the GreenTec Awards 2016." Since 2008, the awards honour green innovations from economy and science. (Photo: GreenTec Awards)
Insect Respect in the top 3 of the GreenTec Awards
Insect Respect – the first quality mark for control neutral biocides – was voted into the top 3 in the category lifestyle of GreenTec Awards 2016. The award honors each year innovative products and projects that point the way to an environmentally conscious future. The awards ceremony with guests from business, politics, science, culture and media will take place on the 29th of May 2016 in Munich, Germany.
Insect Respect receives Swiss Ethics Award
Dr. Hans-Dietrich Reckhaus was awarded on 24 November 2015 in Lausanne with the Swiss ethics prize. The jury pointed out in its explanatory memorandum the courage of the entrepreneur: "The Reckhaus company strategically positioned itself in an industry that is more known for negative environmental effects", said Anne-Catherine Lyon, State Councillor of the Department for education, youth and culture of the canton of Vaud, which presented the award as the honorary president of the jury.
The realignment impressed by a "surprising business model with strong differentiation, offering at the same time under the label insect respect solutions for the entire industry", said the president of the jury Pierre Epars, member of General Directorate of BG Ingénieurs Conseils SA. The Swiss ethics prize is awarded since 2005 by the College of engineering and management of the canton of Vaud (HEIG-VD). It promotes ethics, sustainable development and social responsibility in strategies of companies and public organizations. Please find a short video of the award ceremony here.
Faces of Sustainability
In August 2015, Dr. Hans-Dietrich Reckhaus has been selected for his innovation Insect Respect as one of the "Faces for Sustainability (German: Gesichter der Nachhaltigkeit). The platform ist published by Alexandra Hildebrandt and Hauke Schwiezer and presents pioneers of the social change: People that walk the talk to rethink sustainability and design it in their own ways. It shows sustainability not only as a partial ecological issue, but with its whole range cross all social areas.
Laudation at European Culture Brand Awards 2015
The entrepreneur Dr. Hans-Dietrich Reckhaus was particularly honored at the gala of the European Culture Brand Awards 2015 in Berlin on 29 October 2015: "Many jury members, including myself, are absolutely impressed and convinced by the commitment of Reckhaus," said Roland Bischof, Vice President of the Professional Association 'Fachverband für Sponsoring e.V.' in his eulogy. In particular he highlighted the courage of the company in the transformation of art and business: "I hope that there are many imitators for that in future." Together with the conceptual artists Frank and Patrik Riklin, Reckhaus realized the art action "Fliegen retten" (Rescue the flies), which radically revolutionized the business model of his company. The expert jury of 29 members of the 10. Culture Brand Awards indeed opted for another winning project in the category "European Cultural Investor 2015", and asked the laudatory for a special mention: "To entrust art representatives with innovative ideas and recommendations - even if it initially looks counterproductive for the company's results - and then just admit to it, that's brave and consistent".
Insect Respect displayed as „Best Practice Example“ in network for responsibility committed SMEs
In March 2007, Liz Mohn, the representative chairwoman of the Bertelsmann Foundation, launched the German initiative “Companies for the Region” (UfdR). Today the club provides a solid network for responsibility committed SMEs. In June 2015, the UfdR presents Insect Respect as “Best Practice of the month” in its Newsletter (in German): “The new entrepreneurial way of transformation of the Reckhaus GmbH & Co. KG is remarkable. The compensation is assured from the making of the products, not only from the moment of their selling. Thus, consumers have the guarantee that insect control and insect preservation are in a balance.”
German Industry Award 2015: Honour for eco-neutral biocides Label
The Huber Publishing House for New Media assigns the German Industry Award to companies with a high economic, social, technological and ecological value. In April 2015, a top-class jury of 30 professors and specialised journalists voted for the Reckhaus GmbH & Co. KG and its innovative Label Insect Respect as BEST OF INDUSTRY AWARD 2015 (in German).
The German Initiative for medium-sized businesses and the MIT Blog published an interview on the Best of distinction with the initiator of Insect Respect, Dr. Hans-Dietrich Reckhaus (in German).
Insect Respect in the "Green Selection 2015"
The Dr. Reckhaus Fly Trap with the Insect Respect Label is choosen for the “Green Selection 2015” of the Green Product Award. Many submissions of high quality from over 20 countries reached the Green Product Award initiators. The jury highlighted that the "Green Selection" contributions are characterized by authenticity, creativity and a mould-breaking innovations. The elected products are presented in detail on the Website of the Green Product Award.
Green strategy convinces in Green Salon
Berliner Volksbühne (Green Salon), 29 January 2015: Within the context of the 1st International Strategy Slam and at the invitation of brand strategy associations in Germany, Switzerland and Austria, Dr. Hans-Dietrich Reckhaus was invited to present the sustainable strategy of Insect Respect. The model of ecological neutrality was greeted with great acclaim by the brand strategists in Berlin – which was also the case at the Live Stream Event in Hamburg, Vienna and Zurich. In the Strategy Slam Award competition, which was decided by measuring the applause sound level, Insect Respect secured the second place with just one decibel less than the winner.
Reckhaus wins the Querdenker (Lateral Thinker) Award 2014
The transformation of Dr. Hans-Dietrich Reckhaus powerfully demonstrates how self-critical contemplation regarding the value of insects is a precursor to thought leadership in the truest sense of the word. For his courage to risk bringing about a radical transformation from a conventional pesticide manufacturer to a provider of ecologically neutral insect combatting with the “Insect Respect” quality label, the Bielefeld entrepreneur was awarded with the Querdenker Award 2014 in the category of “Lateral Thinker”. The prize, which was initiated in 2010 by the Querdenker club – and which has about 320,000 members – is awarded to outstanding minds, innovative companies and special performances in business dealings.
Reckhaus at the German Entrepreneur of the Year Awards 2014
The prize for German Entrepreneur of the Year is awarded every two years by the Harvard Clubs of Germany. The award recognises people who turn entrepreneurial visions into reality and therefore make a valuable contribution to society. For his commitment to promoting the sustainable treatment of insects and raising awareness of insects, Hans-Dietrich Reckhaus was elected among the top three «Family Business» entrepreneurs. The award ceremony was held on 30th September 2014 in Frankfurt's Opernturm.
Insect Respect honored at Kyocera Environmental Prize 2014
The Kyocera Environmental Prize is one of the leading awards for sustainable business practices in the German-speaking part of Europe. In 2014 Insect Respect was chosen as one of the top three initiatives in the category of "biodiversity, nature conservation and water pollution control". The award ceremony took place in the presence of Prof. Klaus Töpfer, jury chairman and former Environment Minister of Germany.
Pictures from the award ceremony
Insect Respect presentation at the ESPRIX Swiss Award 2014
The ESPRIX Forum is the leading network for business excellence in Switzerland. Dr. Hans-Dietrich Reckhaus was invited to present Insect Respect as a model example of "Sustainable Excellence" at the conference accompanying the ESPRIX Swiss Award for Excellence 2014. The event took place on March 6th at the KKL Luzern in presence of the Swiss President Didier Burkhalter.
Insect Respect among «Innovation Economies»
How can business, culture and creativity be combined profitably? The new publication „Innovation Economies“ from the CREATIVE.NRW competence centre demonstrates this using 14 exemplary companies from Germany and Europe, also including Reckhaus and Insect Respect.