And the winners of the Sustainable Partnerships Award are...

Sustainable Development Goal(s): 17. Partnerships for the goals

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And the winners of the Sustainable Partnerships Award are...

The fourth edition of our prize for best partnerships in Belgium put four projects on the stage: FoodSavers Gent, Height Potentials, Social Impact Bond and Voedsel voor de Toekomst (Food for the Future). They won in the ‘Impact’, ‘Innovation’ and ‘International’ categories respectively. Discover the winning projects’ videos, the brochure including all participants and the pictures of the award ceremony below. 

The Sustainable Partnerships Award 2017 was presented on 6 December in De Munt. The jury chose the following four partnerships from over 50 entries:

Foodsavers Ghent – National Impact

Foodsavers Ghent is a logistics platform that collects and redistributes food surpluses. It is an initiative of the OCMW (the Public Centre for Social Welfare in Belgium) and the City of Ghent, in cooperation with supermarkets, farmers and the food auction.

Height Potentials – National Innovation

Height Potentials offers refugees trainings to work on altitudes, in order to provide them with better opportunities in the job market. This is a cooperation between Rising You, the companies Iris Group and Elia and the Flemish public employment service VDAB.

Social Impact Bond – National Innovation

KOIS Invest, DUO for a JOB and Actiris have developed an instrument to attract private investors for social-innovation pilot projects. If these are successful, the investors receive their contribution back from the government.

Voedsel voor de Toekomst (Food for the Future) – International

Colruyt Group, the province of Flemish Brabant and Vredeseilanden, among others, are working with young people to find solutions to continue feeding the growing world population in a sustainable way. 

All winners and participants in one brochure

In addition to these 4 winning projects, another 50 partnerships between companies and non-profit organisations were sent in. You can find them, together with the jury's foreword, in our brochure ‘Sustainable Partnerships Award 2017’.

Evolution of partnerships in Belgium

Over the past year, consultancy firm i-propeller has been investigating the impact of cooperation on organisations involved and their employees, at the request of The Shift and MVO Vlaanderen. They interviewed a number of participants in previous editions of the award. They then combined the success factors to a four-step plan for new sustainable partnerships in a well-organised brochure. This publication, called Partnering for Impact, was launched during the award ceremony.

Curious about all the partnerships that have been put in the limelight since the start of our award in 2013? Head to for all winners, participants and photo reports from previous editions!​