On 14 Jan 2014, the European Business Awards announced that Hulla & Co Human Dynamics KG has won the competition to become the National Public Champion for Austria in the prestigious 2013/14 Awards programme. Human Dynamics — the only company in the competition that works in international development — beat off strong competition from 11 other Austrian companies to be voted by the public as their selection for National Public Champion.
The European Business Awards is an independent Awards programme designed to recognise and promote excellence, best practice and innovation in the European business community.
In the 1st phase of public voting, over 70 980 votes were received for the video entries. Human Dynamics received the highest number of votes for Austria. Chosen out of 375 other businesses, HD is now one of 30 National Public Champions announced from countries across Europe.
Human Dynamics will now go on to compete against 29 other National Public Champions across Europe for the title of European Public Champion. The second public voting phase runs until 25 March 2014. The company with highest umber of votes from across Europe will be announced as the European Public Champion at a Gala Event on 27 May 2014 in Athens.
Adrian Tripp, CEO of the European Business Awards, commented:
We were extremely impressed by the very high standard this year and we have been delighted by the public response to the videos. In total more than double the number of votes were cast this year than last. It is great to see so many people engage with the awards. Well done to Human Dynamics and we wish them well in the second and final round.
Bernhard Hulla, Executive Partner of Human Dynamics, said:
We’re delighted and honoured that the public has recognised our achievements in the international development and public sector reform field through voting for us in the European Business Awards. Our recognition as a National Public Champion means a great deal to us and we are grateful to everyone who voted for us. This is a clear recognition of the work that our colleagues deliver around the globe, often in challenging environments and sensitive situations. We will continue to push ourselves hard to ensure that we are worthy of the public’s vote in the future. We’re looking forward to representing all of Austria as we compete in the final round of the competition.
Hulla & Co Human Dynamics is a leading public sector and international development consultancy that enables public sector organisations to design and implement productive and sustainable solutions to major economic, social and environmental challenges. We deliver technical development aid assistance on behalf of major international donors, principally the European Union, and we work toward achieving real progress in combating some of the most difficult international development issues. We operate in sectors ranging from justice sector reform to sustainable energy policy, implementing in early 2014 43 projects in countries ranging from Serbia to India to Botswana. These contracts have a total value of over EUR 120 million.
The European Business Awards recognise and reward excellence, best practice and innovation in companies across the European Union. The Awards are rooted in the premise that an innovative, strong and thriving business community makes a successful and prosperous Europe.
The EBA competition is free to enter and open to organisations of all sizes and from any industry sector. The EBA programme serves three purposes for the European business community: