Wings for Aid Foundation wins first TIACA Sustainability Award

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Nov 21, 2019: Wings for Aid Foundation has won the first edition of the TIACA Sustainability Award, sponsored by CHAMP Cargosystems. Winner Wings for Aid Foundation came up with a self-landing cardboard delivery box to bridge the last mile to people in need as a result of humanitarian crises. The winner was announced during the Gala Evening of the TIACA Executive Summit 2019 in Budapest and received a funding of US$15,000.

M&G Packaging Corp and Nallian were among the finalists. The two runners-up received US$3,500 each.

M&G Packaging Corp presented BioNatur Plastics, which included a 100% landfill-biodegradable plastic and stretch wrap to reduce single-use plastic in air cargo.

Nallian introduced an open data sharing platform and apps, eliminating waste in the processes and driving digital integration, efficiency and visibility amongst the business partners at air cargo hubs.

The first edition received applications from established corporates and start-ups, with diverse focus, addressing CO2 emissions, waste reduction, recycling, weight reduction for ULDs and packaging, humanitarian aid, staff wellbeing and retention, and animal welfare.

Steven Polmans, chairman of TIACA confirmed, “Having the opportunity for the first time to organise this award is a big step in terms of who we, as TIACA, want to be and how we want to be seen by the industry. I am sure all entries will help us further shape our Sustainability program. Demonstrating the economic benefits of doing good for people, society and environment will inspire many of us.”

The projects were submitted to an independent and diverse Jury, composed by five judges: Steven Polmans, director cargo & logistics at Brussels Airport Company and chairman of TIACA’s board; Arnaud Lambert, CEO of CHAMP Cargosystems; Lilian Tan, vice president, Strategic Aviation Solutions International; Susy Schöneberg, head of Flexport.org; Deniz Da?tan, quality management and development manager at Turkish Airlines. Each application was scored in full transparency on criteria such as potential social, environmental and economic impacts, robustness and attractiveness of the project. 

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