Dürr Dental AG wins n-tv Hidden Champion Award Medium-sized companies’ award for Social Responsibility
Dürr Dental AG wins n-tv Hidden Champion Award
Medium-sized companies’ award for Social Responsibility
German company Dürr Dental AG has won the n-tv Hidden Champion 2014 award for Social Responsibility, presented to medium-sized companies. Other awards were given in the Sustainability, Brand and Honorary Prize categories.
n-tv has presented its Hidden Champion awards for medium-sized companies for the fourth time. Since 2011, the German news channel has handed out these awards to companies run by their owners and which are leaders in their market. n-tv’s award ceremony took place in the Hotel Frankfurter Hof on 22 May 2014 as part of the Frankfurt Global Business Week.
Dürr Dental AG came out top in the Social Responsibility category for 2014. Kind hearing aids beat the competition to triumph in the Brand category. while Huber SE came first in the Sustainability category. This year also saw the Honorary Award for excellent performance in a medium-sized company presented for the first time. It went to Adolf Würth GmbH & Co. KG.
‘Simply receiving an invitation to the award ceremony in Frankfurt was a great pleasure in itself. Even better was winning the n-tv Hidden Champion award,’ says Martin Dürrstein, CEO at Dürr Dental AG. The dental medical technology company records an annual turnover of over 200 million euros and employs a workforce of 1,000 in around 40 countries. Products are sold through specialist dental suppliers in over 100 countries.
‘Social responsibility is a matter particularly close to our hearts. We are primarily involved in health care projects. On an international level, we work with Mercy Ships. We show our commitment to our region by promoting local sports clubs,’ explains Dürrstein. The medical technology specialist has been involved with the Mercy Ships aid organisation for a decade. It runs the largest hospital ship in Africa, the Africa Mercy. Over 400 volunteers from all over the world work on the vessel. In addition to cash donations, Dürr Dental also provides the organisation with products for its dental clinics.
The company has also set up an endowed professorship for medical technology at Pforzheim University and provides several Germany scholarships at Heilbronn University. Dürr Dental has also been involved with local sport in its home town, Bietigheim, helping the successful ice hockey club Steelers and the men’s and women’s SG BBM handball teams, which play in the Handball Bundesliga, the German professional handball league.
Over 99 per cent of all companies in Germany are medium-size enterprises. They produce 40 per cent of all sales, employ 80 per cent of workers and prepare 83 per cent of trainees. They thus not only form the backbone, but also the main focus of the entire German economy. Dürrstein explains: ‘In Baden-Württemberg, medium-sized businesses and owner-managed companies are the cornerstone of innovation, security and well-being. We work towards such ends on a daily basis.’