Results of the 2018 Philippe de Woot Award Ceremony

Louvain-La-Neuve, Mons

The 2018 Philippe de Woot Award Ceremony

The fifth ceremony of the International Philippe de Woot Award took place on March, 28 2018 at UCL in Louvain-La-Neuve.

During this ceremony, Kristina Feldt and Judith Klein, both graduated from the Copenhagen Business School, won the award - which rewards a thesis from a university or business school worldwide that constitutes an original contribution to understanding and thinking about Corporate Social Responsibility or sustainable development. They analyzed the potential for improvement of the social conditions in the Ethiopian textile industry. Kristina and Judith received a prize of 3000€ of which half goes to an environmental or a social project. They chose to contribute to the Ethiopian NGO WISE, Organization for Women in Self Employment.

Organization and nominees

Applications have been examined in two steps:

Among the 46 submitted master's thesis, the academic jury selected the six following dissertations:

Then, the jury had selected 3 nominees out of the 46 Master’s theses sent by students from 21 countries. Next to 2018's winners Kristina and Judith, the other nominees were Antony Simonofski (UNamur and KU Leuven) for his reflexion on the citizen participation to the smart cities; and Jeanne Cassiers and Audrey Herbeuval (Louvain School of Management) who studied this question : « Why does consumers buy brands which don’t seem ethical for them ».

To get a better insight about these 3 projects, the 3 nominees have made a small video to explain and better illustrate their goals:

 

Tribute to Philippe de Woot:

This year, the ceremony took on a very specific dimension owing to the passing away, in September 2016, of Professor Philippe de Woot, who was considered to be a « sage » in economics as much as the pioneer of Corporate Social Responsibility in Belgium. To know more about this ceremony, please read the article on the following article

Pictures of the 2018 Philippe de Woot Award Ceremony (© Jacky Delorme)

All pitures are available here