ICIS Innovation Awards 2014


Roland Berger - Overall Sponsor

Roland Berger continues as overall sponsor of the ICIS Innovation Awards

ICIS is pleased to welcome back international management consultancy Roland Berger Strategy Consultants (www.rolandberger.com) as overall sponsor of the Awards. Roland Berger also continues this year as sponsor of the Best Product Innovation category.

Neil Checker, a partner at Roland Berger and also a member of the Awards judging panel, comments that: "We are honoured and delighted to continue in our role of overall sponsor of this prestigious award programme, following on from our support in previous years as Best Product Innovation sponsor. Our sponsorship of this prestigious innovation awards program supports our commitment to helping clients develop and improve their innovation capabilities from innovation strategy through to implementation of innovation processes and organization structures.”

Innovating at the Top

Roland Berger has a competence centre focused on innovation management – Innovation and Product Engineering (IPE) - and this team leads projects and develops thought leadership on this critical area, leveraging the cross-industry and global experience of the firm. A recent example of such thought leadership is a joint publication with INSEAD “Innovating at the Top, How CEOs of global companies drive innovation for growth and profit”, with chief executives from firms including Bosch, Genentech, Infosys, 3M, SAP and Toyota contributing to this research.

“Innovating at the Top” has identified 10 key innovation drivers from this executive experience and advice. The recommendations on management innovation practices can help other firms exploit proven ways to increase the probability of successful and sustainable innovation performance in support of profitable growth strategies.

About Roland Berger

Roland Berger is one of the world’s leading strategy consultants, founded in 1967, with 2,700 employees working in over 50 offices in all major international markets. The strategy consultancy is an independent partnership exclusively owned by about 250 partners. The firm advises leading corporations, non-profit organisations and public institutions on management issues ranging from strategy development to performance improvement. Roland Berger's business is organised into global functional and industry competence centres. Its practice areas include corporate and business unit strategy, marketing and sales, innovation strategy and management , operations strategy, restructuring and corporate finance and M&A advisory.

Industry specialties include energy and chemicals, automotive, consumer goods ,retail, engineered products and high-tech, financial services, information communications, pharmaceuticals and health care, public services and transportation.



U.S. Chemicals backs green initiatives

For the past five years, U.S. Chemicals has been honoured to have sponsored the Best Environmental Benefit category of the ICIS Chemical Business Innovation Awards. Each year has offered a positive look at responsible manufacturing and creative ways of doing things differently to help improve our environment.

We are pleased this year to see the category widened to include innovations that support and drive sustainability innovation as well, in line with our own company philosophy.

During 2012, U.S. Chemicals partnered with Trees for a Change and exceeded our company goal of planting 1,000 trees. We plan to continue this initiative with our upcoming project, dedicated to the regeneration of trees in Gallatin National Forest in Montana. Four hundred trees will be planted in memory of the lives lost in Sandy Hook, Connecticut, on 14 December 2012.

To add to the growth of our environment, we will be creating an organic garden, right outside our office doors.

With ICIS inspiring responsible manufacturing of chemicals, as well as responsible employer and employee actions, U.S. Chemicals has been motivated to look at what we can change in our own day-to-day approach. We have painted our walls green and have “green-garb” Friday, reminding us to act mindfully. Some of U.S. Chemicals’ employees take the train in lieu of their cars to work, others have unplugged any unused electronics in the office and at home.

With future generations relying on our present actions, U.S. Chemicals has been proud to partner with ICIS for innovative creativity and encouragement. U.S. Chemicals extends the best of luck to this year’s participants!

About U.S. Chemicals

Serving the needs of the chemical industry for over 50 years, U.S. Chemicals LLC combines quality, innovation and service like none other. U.S. Chemicals has built a team of industry experts that thoroughly understands the complexities of the chemical industry and includes experts at material sourcing and acquisition.

U.S. Chemicals serves as a single source for the chemical acquisition needs of many industry sectors, including paint, ink and coatings; chemicals and textiles; cosmetic and personal care products; flame retardants; food and pharmaceutical; plastic; and rubber. It offers prompt delivery from multiple warehouse locations throughout the US.

Its world-wide network of resources assures customers of highly competitive pricing, optimum quality and consistency, and rapid worry-free sourcing and delivery.