Third Eurhonet CSR Awards (2018)

The 3rd Eurhonet CSR Awards Ceremony took place in Birmingham in the framework of our General Assembly 2018. 18 projects were evaluated by the Jury composed by members of the Eurhonet CSR Topic Group according to the following criteria:

• Innovation
• Results
• Stakeholders involvement
• Inspiration
• Sustainability

Three projects were nominated and presented during the Ceremony!


1st place: Give to Gain – Poplar Harca (UK)

Through Give to Gain, spotlight aims to engage young people in all levels of participation and to grow the next generation of social activists. People that enrol in this programme, they don’t just contribute their spare time to the common good; they also improve their career prospects as part of the personal development plan with which they are supported. Furthermore, their work is changing the perception of young people in the local community.


2nd place: Aspö Eko-logi – Skövdebostäder (Sweden)

Aspö Eko-logi is a part of something more than just housing. You can find residential buildings, a farm with animals, an area of allotments, beautiful nature and even a preschool in the area. The houses are built with a strategic focus on ecologically and social sustainability.
In the middle of the area is a shared kitchen garden where the greenhouse can be used for community and socializing, and the cultivation beds give an opportunity to get to know their neighbours and grow together.


3rd place – Case Management – Wiener Wohnen (Austria)

Preventing evictions through intervention of social workers; they organize professional help for tenants in difficult life situations (e.g. high rental arrears or in case of anti-social behaviour due to mental health issues, drug or alcohol abuse, dementia, compulsive hording etc.). This leads to a win-win-situation for everyone:

– for the affected people: preventing eviction means preventing human misery and uprooting with all negative effects, also suicides
– for the housing company: savings since every eviction costs at least 10,000 €
– for the city of Vienna.

 


Second Eurhonet CSR Awards (2017)

The 2nd Eurhonet CSR Awards Ceremony took place in Turin in the framework of our General Assembly 2017. 13 projects were evaluated by the Jury composed by members of the Eurhonet CSR Topic Group according to the following criteria:

• Innovation
• Results
• Stakeholders involvement
• Inspiration
• Sustainability

Four projects were nominated and presented during the Ceremony!


1st place: You’re a CHAMP! – Poplar Harca (UK)

You’re a CHAMP puts the tools for sustainable living and working into the hands of their residents and staff. Families at risk of fuel poverty have made small life changes with big impact on their finances, health and the environment. By training residents in energy saving techniques and sustainability along with language improvements, they have encouraged 50 local people to become active and lead behavioral change process in their own community. The programme equips all the volunteers with skills, confidence and opportunities for employment within the green/energy-saving sector.


2nd place: The Human Behind the Uniform – ÖrebroBostäder AB (Sweden)

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The Human Behind the Uniform seeks to create security without adding more locks, alarms and fences. The great innovation in this project is the concept of creating security by educating and building relationships between young people and participating organisations and agencies in order to create a dialogue while at the same time build confidence and trust. The young participants act as ambassadors after finishing the education and the effects has yielded results where the police reports that more young people are making contact with them instead of showing a negative attitude.


3rd place ex æquo: Portalen – Hyresbostäder (Sweden)

Portalen is supporting social sustainability and giving people a sense of belonging and integration in the society by getting them into work or through self-funded studies. More than 1200 individuals have been participated in activities since 2011. The long term results are positive local effects on integration, minimizing risk of social unrest and criminality in the neighborhoods as well as sustainability for the housing company in terms of reduced costs in maintenance and rising value of the housing stock.


3rd place ex æquo: Vivez l’éco-logis! – Vosgelis (France)

Vivez l’éco-logis is supporting the education and knowledge on eco-gestures of residents of social housing areas and the general public to reduce their energy bills by working through an educational apartment in the heart of a disadvantaged neighborhood. In collaboration with partners the three main project’s aims are to control and reduce energy consumption, fight against social isolation and support tenants in employment training.

 


 

First Eurhonet CSR Awards (2016)

The 1st Eurhonet CSR Awards Ceremony took place in Potsdam in the framework of our General Assembly 2016. 14 projects were evaluated by the Jury composed by members of the Eurhonet CSR Topic Group according to the following criteria:

• Innovation
• Results
• Stakeholders involvement
• Inspiration
• Sustainability

Three projects were nominated and presented during the Ceremony:


1st place: Climate Right – Uppsalahem (Sweden)

Behaviors are often difficult to influence. The winning entry has succeeded in influencing residents to change their behaviour and make climate smart choices in their everyday lives. The project has created commitment and participation from residents and has managed to achieve great results. Delivered along with several key partners, this project provides a tool to help residents understand and analyse their climate impact, and make smarter choices. The winning project was Klimaträtt from Uppsalahem. The price for the first classified was a donation of 500€ to be devolved to any responsible organization of the choice of the winner. Uppsalahem decided to donate to “VI-skogen” (www.viskogen.se).


2nd place: Homebuilder – ÖrebroBostäder AB (Sweden)

The project in 2nd place is supporting local residents to overcome the barriers of long term unemployment. The dream of this project was for local children, whose families were previously unemployed, to say with pride “my mum, or dad, has got a job renovating our house!”. It is envisaged that this project will provide employment opportunities for up to 80 long term unemployed residents during the 4 year programme and that the employment rate within the local area will increase from 53% to 65%.


3rd place: Climate Concept – ÖrebroBostäder AB (Sweden)

The project in 3rd place is helping one of our member organisations to save money and reduce their carbon emissions. This is a long term project involving cultural and structural changes, determination and commitment. The delivery of real and lasting results has enabled the organisation to realise that energy efficiency is an essential part of its day to day operations. So far, this project has helped the organisation to achieve energy efficiency savings of 38% and save over 5 million euros per year.

 

All projects submitted competed also for the European Responsible Housing Awards 2016. Find out more on this initiative at this link and download here the handbook providing key highlights of the 20 shortlisted projects!