ICIS Innovation Awards 2020

November 2020 // London, United Kingdom

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Lead Sponsor


We create chemistry for a sustainable future Chemistry has always been an enabler for innovation as it provides solutions to the needs of our society, combining care for the environment and economic success. Our growing population of an estimated 10bn people by 2050 will need access to affordable energy, housing, healthcare and quality of food. At the same time, we must strive to consume fewer resources. “Driving sustainable solutions should be the ultimate goal for companies, start- ups and academia aiming for profitable growth based on innovative chemistry – both ecologically friendly as well as socially accepted,” states Detlef Kratz, president for process research and chemical engineering at BASF.

“Looking at past years’ awards this is clearly a driver of innovation, providing technologies that enable us to consume less with more efficient and better products.” With this in mind, sustainability-driven innovation has always been a cornerstone of BASF’s strategy, leading to a unique track record of novel products and processes. Just to name a few, the range includes highly energy efficient industrial chemical processes, innovative battery materials and projects which make a contribution to the circular economy and chemcycling. And with its new strategy, the company goes even one step further, says Kratz: “We’ve set ourselves ambitious targets: As the leading chemical operator, we will grow our production volumes significantly without adding further CO2 emissions until 2030. Our global carbon management programme will help us to live up to our commitment.” Speed and adaption to change is a further challenge in today’s multi-facetted innovation landscape. BASF is committed to developing digital technologies and embraces data-driven research methods which have a rapidly expanding influence on R&D. Our supercomputer Quriosity is just one example how this is put into practice. “We would like to share this spirit with those who work on innovations in the chemical industry and are honoured to support the ICIS Innovation Awards this year. Our recognition goes to all the teams and people behind contributions for a sustainable future,” adds Kratz.
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Best Product Innovation


Accenture is a global professional services company with leading capabilities in digital, cloud and security. Combining unmatched experience and specialized skills across more than 40 industries, we offer Strategy and Consulting, Interactive, Technology and Operations services—all powered by the world’s largest network of Advanced Technology and Intelligent Operations centers. Our 506,000 people deliver on the promise of technology and human ingenuity every day, serving clients in more than 120 countries. We embrace the power of change to create value and shared success for our clients, people, shareholders, partners and communities.
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Product with Best Benefit to the Environment and Sustainability

Maroon Group

Maroon Group is a leading distributor of specialty chemicals and ingredients across North America and takes a proactive role in addressing corporate social responsibility and sustainability in the global supply chain. Along with being recognised for adopting international sustainable development standards by EcoVadis, Maroon Group is an active member of the National Association of Chemical Distributors (NACD) and holds ISO and Responsible Distribution certification. NACD’s verification of environmental, health, safety and security programmes demonstrates our commitment to continuous performance improvement and responsible distribution in every phase of chemical storage, handling, transportation and disposal.

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Process with Best Benefit to the Environment and Sustainability


Deloitte provides industry-leading audit, consulting, tax and advisory services to many of the world’s most admired brands, including nearly 90% of the Fortune 500® and more than 7,000 private companies. Our people work across the industry sectors that drive and shape today’s marketplace — delivering measurable and lasting results that help reinforce public trust in our capital markets, inspire clients to see challenges as opportunities to transform and thrive, and help lead the way toward a stronger economy and a healthy society. Deloitte is proud to be part of the largest global professional services network serving our clients in the markets that are most important to them. Now celebrating 175 years of service, our network of member firms spans more than 150 countries and territories. Learn how Deloitte’s more than 312,000 people worldwide make an impact that matters at www.deloitte.com.
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