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European Responsible Housing Awards 2016

The Award Ceremony

Brussels, 23 November 2016Save the date

The time to find out who are the leading housing associations across Europe demonstrating socially innovative practices has come. The Award Ceremony of the second edition of the European Responsible Housing Awards is taking place in November in Brussels.

23 November 2016, 9.00-14.30 - JDE52 Atrium 5, Committee of the Regions, Rue Belliard 99-101, 1040 Brussels

Confronted with growing economic, social and environmental challenges, more and more public, cooperative and social housing organisations are enhancing and demonstrating their capacity to innovate. Providing affordable, good quality housing and services responding to the variety of needs and thus contribute to sustainable local communities, to the residents well-being, to their quality of life and their empowerment, this is the core of responsible housing.

In 2016, public, cooperative and non-profit housing providers have been competing already for more than two months in the second edition of the European Housing Responsible Awards. Jointly organised by Housing Europe, Delphis and the International Union of Tenants, the competition showcases innovative best practices and promotes exchange of knowledge between local housing providers who promote local, social and environmental sustainability, good governance and responsible HR management.

62 best practices from 9 countries have been submitted to the 4 categories that correspond to the core elements of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR). 

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09:00 Registration

Opening session moderated by Housing Europe Secretary General, Sorcha Edwards

09:15 Welcome address by Sorcha Edwards, Housing Europe Secretary General

09:20 Keynote speakers

  • ‘The EU housing partnership and the responsible housing initiative: policy meets praxis’ by Elena Szolgayova, Director General DG Housing Policy and Urban Development, Ministry of Transport, Construction and Regional Development of Slovakia; Chair of the EU Urban Agenda Partnership for Housing
  • 'The housing dimension in the European Pillar of social rights' by Georg Fischer, Director General of European Commission Directorate General for Employment (DG EMPL)

10:00 Q & A 

10:20 'The role of the private sector in promoting the CSR approach' by Honeywell

10:35-11:00 Coffee break

11:00-12:55 Handing out the European Responsible Housing Awards  

11:00 Introduction by the First Vice-President of the Committee of the Regions, Karl-Heinz Lambertz

11:10 ‘The European initiative for responsible housing’ by Barbara Steenbergen, Head of IUT liaison office to the EU 

11:20 Announcement of shortlisted candidates and winners

  • in Local Social Sustainability
  • in Environmental Sustainability 
  • in Good governance and fair relations with stakeholders
  • in Responsible human resources management

in the running: Est Métropole Habitat (Villeurbanne, France) – FSM (Melun, France) – Gewobag (Berlin, Germany) – Goedkope Woning (Kortrijk, Belgium) – Groupe 3F (Paris, France) – Habitat 62/59 Picardie (Coquelles, France) – Helm Housing Association (Belfast, United Kingdom) – ICF Habitat la Sablière (Paris, France) – Örebrobostäder (Örebro, Sweden) – Paris Habitat (Paris, France) – ProPotsdam (Potsdam, Germany) – Shepherds Bush Housing Association (London, United Kingdom) – Société Dauphinoise pour l’Habitat (Echirolles, France) – Uppsalahem AB (Uppsala, Sweden) – Vivienda Y Suelo de Euskadi (Vitoria, Spain) – Woonbedrijf (Eindhoven, Netherlands)

13:00 Panel session with the winners

13:30 Conclusions

* Networking lunch will follow on the premises

** After the Award ceremony you are cordially invited to the “House warming party” of International Union of Tenants (IUT) liaison office to the EU at Avenue des Rogations 28, 1200, Brussels.